The Paradise Papers in four data visuals


Revealing 13.4 million documents and implicating more than 120 politicians and world leaders, the Paradise Papers have exposed the hidden happenings of the offshore industry, its users and operators.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) began releasing reports on 6 November 2017, drawing on nearly 7 million loan agreements, financial statements, emails, trust deeds and other paperwork from nearly 50 years at Appleby, a leading offshore law firm.

Image: ICIJ.

So far, ICIJ has raised questions about the British Royal FamilyTrump associates, Apple, Nike, with more to come.

And, with over 1.4 terabytes of data to trawl through, there have been no shortages of data to visualise. We put together a roundup of four of the week’s best.


As with all its investigations, the ICIJ released a sleek set of interactives and videos. Explore the 13 Trump associates associates used offshore tax havens to conduct business, and peruse new entries into the Offshore Leaks Database's interactive. Or, have a watch of Snax Haven, which explains offshore tax engineering through the metaphor of a burger shop.

2. ABC

Ever wondered where your money goes after buying a pair of Nikes? The Paradise Papers revealed the extensive efforts that Nike takes to shift profits from high-tax countries to no-tax countries, which the ABC visualised in scrolling data visual.

3. SVT

SVT, in cooperation with the TT news agency, also used a scrolling visual to explore the Swedes implicated in the Paradise Papers.

4. The Guardian

Finally, as a teaser for its package of written articles, the Guardian produced this overview cartoon.

Explore the Paradise Papers investigation here.