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10 most popular articles of 2017 by Wikipedia, WEF, and the Economist

When we search for topics or articles, we often go to Wikipedia but also to other specialised sites.

We live in a region where we are consumed by what’s happening with oil prices, Saudi Crown Prince Moahmmed Vision 2030 reforms , and UAE’s 2020 Expo preparations.

But the world had other ideas in mind, with varied interests albeit a few related to the Middle East, like articles on US President Donald Trump, but many others weren’t.

AMEinfo was able to bring you the top 10 most read articles by 3 prominent and trusted data providers: Wikipedia, WEF and the Economist.

Let’s start with what Wiki said, shall we?

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Top 10 Wikipedia articles

Martin Armstrong, Data journalist for Statista brings us his company’s findings in an infograph (see below).

In essence, Wikipedia announced its most visited pages in 2017.

“Unsurprisingly, Donald Trump features high up on the list, with almost 30 million visits, Armstrong reported.

“The only thing able to beat the U.S. President was a list of deaths for 2017 which attracted over 37 million hits.”

Also relevant are searches on leading cryptocurrency Bitcoin which attracted 15 million visits.

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WEF 10 most-read articles of 2017

These articles reflect the diversity of interests and audiences chasing topics on most powerful economies of the future, technology predictions, and even life’s hidden secrets

1-The world’s 10 biggest economies in 2017
New figures from the World Bank revealed the world’s biggest economies in 2017, with the US coming top at $18 trillion and representing 24.3% of the global economy. China and Japan were next in line at $11trillion (14.8%) and $4.4trillion (6%) respectively.

2- The world’s most powerful economies in 2030
PricewaterhouseCoopers projected global gross domestic product by purchasing power parity and found that by 2030, China is likely to have the largest economy of $38trn, followed by the US at $23.5trn and India at $19.5trn.

3-Is this Japanese concept the secret to a long, happy, meaningful life?
This article explored the Japanese idea of ikigai, a word that combines the Japanese words ikiru, meaning “to live”, and kai, meaning “the realization of what one hopes for”.

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4-A neuroscientist reveals the most important choice you can make
This neuroscientist, who studies decision making, says the key to minimizing stress is to surround yourself with the right people.

5- These countries have the most doctoral graduates
This research from the OECD revealed which countries have the most doctoral graduates. The US is the world leader, followed by Germany, the UK, India and Japan.

6-These are the books you should read, according to top US professors
Professors at prestigious US colleges Yale, Harvard and Princeton offered their view of the most important books for students to read.

7- Here’s an easier way to learn a language
This article highlights new research which suggests that learning a foreign language as an adult is easier than you might think.

8- Here’s why your attitude is more important than your intelligence
A psychologist’s lifelong study shows that your attitude is a better predictor of your success than your IQ.

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9- Will the rise of augmented reality mean the end for smartphones and TVs?
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg revealed his view of the future during a keynote address at this year’s F8 conference, with augmented reality (AR) taking centre stage.

10- Why Sweden beats other countries at just about everything
Sweden is a brilliant place to live and work, and rates highly across a range of indicators, including doing business.

Finally, what did the Economist’s readers search for in 2017?

The Economist’s ten most popular articles of 2017

The Economist’s readers were pulled by Trump, climate, innovation, technology and urban affairs.

1. Donald Trump has no grasp of what it means to be president
The most read piece this year was an argument that America’s president was “politically inept, morally barren and temperamentally unfit for office”.

2. The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data
American technology companies Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft look unstoppable, prompting calls for them to be broken up.

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3. The world’s most dangerous cities

A look at the world’s most unsafe cities and policies there to combat crime

4. Governments may be big backers of the blockchain
Blockchain, the technology behind cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, made quite a splash

5. Are women paid less than men for the same work?
The piece explored whether women were paid less than men for the same work, with quite a revealing conclusion.

6. The death of the internal combustion engine

Electric propulsion, ride-hailing and self-driving technology will all combine to make combustion engines obsolete.

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7. The vote that could wreck the European Union
A story about Emmanuel Macron’s victory in France’s and how the EU could be saved on the heels of Brexit.

8. How to keep cool without costing the Earth

A story about two scientists who have invented a film that can cool buildings without the use of refrigerants and without drawing any power to do so.

9. How to get rich in America
The simplest way to become extremely rich in America is by being born to the right parents, or find a rich spouse.

10.The destruction of Mecca
This piece explored what the holy city of Mecca expansion has meant for the city’s ancient sites but also showing how the Kingdom is making encouraging noises about restoration.