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The top infographics of 2016

One way to reflect on the global events that shaped 2016 is to dive deep into the data with infographics and interactive data visualizations. We pick some of the key charts of the year to help understand and analyze the year behind us as we look to the one ahead.

1. Brexit watch

Reuters Graphics interactive chart showing market reactions to Brexit.

Since voters decided that Britain should not remain in the European Union (EU) in June, the Reuters Graphics team has been charting the reaction. Explore the interactive, and view more Brexit insights and analysis here.

2. U.S. election

Reuters interactive polling tool graphic for the 2016 U.S. Election.

In a year of the unpredictable, the heated U.S. election was full of surprises that tested pollsters, pundits and voters alike. Each week throughout the election cycle, Reuters/IPSOS polled more than 15,000 Americans for ‘States of the Nation’ to determine who was likely to win the U.S. presidential race.

Donald Trump’s victory illustrated that winning the White House depends more on who comes out to vote, and in which states, more than which candidate Americans prefer. Our Reuters team adjusted the default turnout model of our pre-election polling to more closely reflect actual turnout on Nov. 8.

3. Nobel laureates

Nobel laureate interactive graphic showing winners since 1901, by category and region

Another year brings on another round of Nobel Prize winners, recognizing academic, cultural, and/or scientific advances. Explore Reuters interactive chart visualizing 115 years of Nobel Laureates data, by category, year and region for a look at trends in our advancements and innovations over the years.

4. Panama Papers

Tax havens in Panama papers

The Panama Papers captured global attention, as the extensive document leak uncovered prominent use of off-shore businesses by wealthy individuals and corporations worldwide. While such off-shore companies are often not illegal per se, their use spurs suspicions of illegal activity, such as money-laundering, corruption, and tax evasion.

The above graphic shows tax havens with the most offshore companies set up by Mossack Fonseca from 1977 to 2015, according to the Panama Papers leak.


5. The fall of Aleppo

GIF of the interactive data visualization from Reuters on the fall of Aleppo.

Syria’s most populous city before the war, has been split for years between a government-held western sector and the rebel-held east. Intense bombing has destroyed the landscape of the city and killed thousands of people and injured many more since the start of the conflict. This Reuters interactive provides a retrospective on the fall of Aleppo.

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