I have always been interested in innovation Nd when the first drones were introduced, I – like many other innovators – could see potentially millions of new possibilities for this technology in the future.

The ambition from the start was high and the early examples were outstandingly promising. Then it took some time to see the real commercial and social benefits materialize. Now we are there – and in fact, we have been for som time.

Here is one example. Zipline delivers medicine and blood for transfusions across Rwanda.

This is all done with unmanned drones that are the loaded in 30 seconds, delivers the packages with super accuracy, return to base and can be used again and again.

They’ve made almost half a million deliveries – while most of us still think that operational and scaled systems like this probably is something for the future.

Check out this movie! Incredibly impressive!

There are already drone pilot projects connecting systems like this one – with the international supply and value chains to make global trade more efficient.

Watch out, this is an area that will explode – at least for certain of products. When we connect this last mile delivery option with integrated supply chain solutions in an echosystem of trust – with trade compliance management supervision, then borders becomes truly invincible.

We have just seen the start of this development. A delivery recolution is coming. Like my Canadian heroes in Bachman-Turner Overdrive once sang, ’You ain’t seen nothing yet’.

Do you know how fast a crack in glass can move or what percentage of world’s shipping traffic using the Suez Canal?

Numbers are magic. They are everywhere in our daily lives or at work in budgets.

Here are some numbers you probably never have thought about – or maybe you have?

The percentage of lost TB remote controls that turn up in the fridge

4.2 million
The number of times/year the avarage human blinks

The percentage of world’s shipping traffic using the Suez Canal

4800km/h The speed at which cracks in glass can move

5kg The avarage mass lost by a Formula One driver during a race (I really need to start driving F1, at least two races a week)

The percentage of the world’ unspoiled forests that grow in Russia

The number of times Walt Disney was nominated for an Academy Award (Oscars)

The hinting successcrste of dragonflies

the length of summer on Uranus

The number of invention patented by Thomas Edison

The litres if fuel used by a jumbo jet taking off

6 months
The lenght of time it takes to build a Rolls-Royce

The percentage of the world’s salt thst is used to de-ice American roads

The number ofcweeks it can take for a sloth to digest food

The aporoximate percentage of sgark attack victins that are male

The year in which the US state if Maryland declared jousting its official sport

2.5 million
The number of rivets in the Eiffel Tower?

6 dats
The age at which Mary# Stuart became Queen of Scotland

The numbers of days it would take to circumnavigate the world, walking 12 hours a day

It has been over ten years since the first World Happiness Report was published. And it is exactly ten years since the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/281, proclaiming 20 March to be observed annually as International Day of Happiness.

This year my country, Sweden, is number six on the list, with three other Scandinavian countries ahead of us, which tells me that we are doing welln up North, despite the cold temperatures and the overall weather. Reading the results of the report, living in Sweden and working in Denmark should make me a happy person.

Since then, more and more people have come to believe that our success as countries should be judged by the happiness of our people. There is also a growing consensus about how happiness should be measured. This consensus means that national happiness can now become an operational objective for governments.

The country rankings in Figure below show life evaluations (answers to the Cantril ladder question) for each country, averaged over the years 2020-2022.

You can read the report here: World Happiness Report 2023