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Portmarnock beach, Thomas Piketty, and butter coffee: The week in numbers

Plus: How many people in Ireland have a Skype account?

Alcohol seized by gardaí on Portmarnock beach on Wednesday
Alcohol seized by gardaí on Portmarnock beach on Wednesday
Image: An Garda Síochána

EVERY WEEK, offers a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.

51.2 million - The number of people who have been forced to leave their homes around the world, according to a major new report – the biggest figure since World War II.

$750,250 - The amount that the world’s largest video game collection – made up of some 11,000 games –  sold for at auction this week.

1,802 - The number of work permits granted to non-EU nationals so far this year.

600 - The number of people who attended the sold out talk by economist Thomas Piketty in Dublin on Friday.

300 - The number of military advisors that US president Barack Obama is ready to send to Iraq to take “targeted” military action against ISIS.

200 - The number of bags of rubbish collected by Fingal County Council in 4 hours on Portmarnock beach on one of the sunny days during the week.

154 - The number of people sleeping rough in Dublin on Thursday night – the highest number in some time.

89 - The age of a man arrested in the United States for alleged war crimes as a teenage Nazi guard at Auschwitz during World War II.

65 - The number of grams of fat in butter coffee – which is exactly what it sounds like – if you do it the right way.

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51 - The percentage of Irish adults who have a Skype account, making it the most popular messaging service in Ireland (compared to Viber – 40% – and WhatsApp on 30%).

36 - The number of refugees from Syria that the US has taken in. In comparison, Germany has taken in more than 25,000.

23 - The percentage of Irish households where all the working-age adults are either out of work or else working only a very small number of hours.

8 - The number of months that Australia has been given to fix the Great Barrier Reef before it is put on a list of endangered sites.

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