Hans Rosling

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Hans Rosling (2014)

Hans Rosling (born July 27, 1948 – 7 February 2017) was Professor of International Health at Karolinska Institute and Director of the Gapminder Foundation, which developed the Trendalyzer software system.


  • It this terrible simplification that there is one Africa, and things go on in one way in Africa. We have to stop that, it is not respectful, and it's not very clever to think that way. I had the fortune to live and work for a time in the United States. I found out that Salt Lake City and San Francisco were different. And so it is in Africa, it's a lot of difference. What do we think it would be concurrency? And what is concurrency? In Sweden, we have no concurrency. We have serial monogamy. Vodka New Year's Eve, new partner for the spring, vodka Midsummer Eve, new partner for the fall, vodka, and it goes on like this, you know, and you collect a big number of ex's, and we've got a terrible chlamydia epidemic.
  • “There’s no room for facts when our minds are occupied by fear.”
    • On the HIV epidemic [1]
  • “Mr. Vice President. No numbers, no bubbles.”
    • After Al Gore repeatedly pressed him about projecting animated bubbles beyond the expert forecasts[2]

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