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Ranking European regions by Olympics medals 

Monday 09 August 2021 | Lorenzo Ferrari
Giorgio Comai
| OBC Transeuropa

What if the Olympic medal table was based on the number of medals won by regions, not by countries? Athletes born in Ile-de-France, Belgrade, Budapest and Guadeloupe were particularly successful at the Tokyo Olympic Games.


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An interactive map of all Tokyo medalists' birth places 

Thursday 05 August 2021 | Giorgio Comai
| OBC Transeuropa

An interactive map showing the birth places of all the athletes that have won at least a medal at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, coming with some additional details and links to more information.


Suspicious sports results? Mafia might have fixed them 

Wednesday 18 November 2020 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

Organised crime groups make an estimated €120 million of profit a year from betting-related match-fixing in sports events. Not only football matches are fixed, but tennis results are also manipulated more and more. And sports mafia are no longer only corrupting players, but clubs too. 


Saving culture from the pandemic 

Monday 26 April 2021 | Alexander Damiano Ricci
| VoxEurop

Eurostat data from 2019 show that in Europe, on average, 32 percent of workers employed in the Cultural and Creative Industry were self-employed. In some countries this percentage reaches almost 50%. The EU is pumping money into the CCI, but that won't be enough for a sector that structurally hinges on precarious working relationships.


A cultural pandemic: How Covid-19 hit Europe’s creative sector 

Monday 26 April 2021 | Alexander Damiano Ricci
| VoxEurop

Due to COVID-19, the economic losses of the European Cultural and Creative Industry (CCI) businesses will add up to billions of Euros. The EU stepped in with a top-up of its flagship Creative Europe programme. But pumping more money into the system won’t do. In many EU countries, the crisis has highlighted structural inequalities within the sector. And workers have started to mobilise.


More and more school trips to the Balkans 

Tuesday 14 April 2020 | Marco Abram
| OBC Transeuropa

Are the histories of the former Yugoslavia and Albania finally entering Europe’s space of memory? A constantly increasing number of Italian school trips to the region gives us reason to hope so.


No parties, concerts or gatherings. We look at how the pandemic is affecting Spotify 

Wednesday 15 April 2020 | Katarzyna Korzeniowska
Stanisław Dudzik
| BiQdata

Not everyone is traveling to work these days, many are working from home. We have more time to watch things, to listen and read. Music services should be doing well out of this, but the data suggests just the opposite.      


The Balkans as a tourism destination 

Monday 28 August 2017 | Lorenzo Ferrari
| OBC Transeuropa

The substantial and steady growth of the Balkans as a destination for vacations and travel is one of the most significant trends in European tourism


Who else is watching Romanian films? 

Tuesday 17 April 2018 | Giorgio Comai
| OBC Transeuropa

Romanian New Wave keeps receiving international accolades at film festivals across Europe, yet it attracts relatively little public in its home country. A data-driven analysis


One in ten Europeans lives on tourism 

Tuesday 03 December 2019 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

Tourism is growing fast worldwide, and faster Europe. In 2018 the sector expanded by more than 6%, and now accounts for 10% of the EU's total GDP. People in the industry are working to make tourism smarter and to relieve well-known destinations where locals are fed up with visitors. We look at the last four years of tourism in numbers.