Statistics and perceptions

While catching up with recent Cyprus Mail articles, I came across the one about involvement of foreigners in serious crimes in Cyprus.  Quote:

FOREIGNERS are involved in 40 per cent of all serious crimes, and 30 per cent of road deaths in Cyprus, the House Human Rights Committee head yesterday.

Being both a foreigner and a local (after almost 14 years here), I know how a lot of Cypriots are concerned with crimes being related to foreigners.  A quote like the above would be music to their ears.  However, on the other hand, that quote could be easily turned inside out.  For example, like so:

CYPRIOTS are involved in 60 per cent (or a majority) of all serious crimes, and 70 per cent (an absolute majority) of road deaths in Cyprus […]

This now would be music to the ears of many foreigners who think that Cypriots are too crooked with all cabaret, real estate, and gambling activity going on, and who are also extremely incosiderate and undereducated while driving on public roads.

Now, which one sounds worse?

2 thoughts on “Statistics and perceptions”


  1. Hi Leonid. We like your blog very much. We read with interest your post about Cyprus statitstics on crime and road deaths, and the way it could be perceived by the reader. We prefer to view it your way, i.e. ‘CYPRIOTS are involved in 60 per cent (or a majority) of all serious crimes, and 70 per cent (an absolute majority) of road deaths in Cyprus. We were looking up Cyprus road death statistics today (which is how we found your blog on Google) and we found that 89 road deaths were recorded in Cyprus in 2009. This is a shocking number don’t you think?

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