The world’s favorite free information repository – Wikipedia released its list of 2021 most viewed pages. As a free platform for everyone, Wikipedia functions as a source of information on virtually everything. The pages within the pages reflect the immense accumulation of knowledge that humans have acquired over the past century.
Wikipedia is driven by its contributors and regulators. Anyone can edit a Wikipedia page and edit the information (which of course is checked and deleted if it is misleading). It’s easily one of the world’s largest online communities for storing and distributing information.
The most read Wikipedia pages of each year reflect this year’s trends. For example, this has been an important year for SpaceX and Tesla’s Elon Musk, Netflix’s hit Squid Game series, and many other trends – all of which were mentioned in Wikipedia’s top 10 most visited pages. No Covid-19 related article has reached the top 25 – signaling a shift to ‘normal’. Here are the top 10 most viewed pages on Wikipedia:
1. Deaths in 2021
Wikipedia’s most visited page is titled “Deaths in 2021” and has been viewed 42,748,490 times this year. The page lists notable deaths that occurred in 2021 by name, age, country of citizenship and more. 2021 has seen many deaths – from Prince Philip of England to Hollywood actress Jessica Walter to television veteran Larry King.
2. Elizabeth II
With 25,290,406 pageviews in 2021, the Queen of the UK and Commonwealth was the second most read article on Wikipedia. Elizabeth II is the oldest and longest-reigning British monarch and also the longest-serving female head of state in history.
3. Elon Musk
SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk have made headlines almost every week in 2021 – whether it’s with its controversial Twitter stances, its acceptance of cryptocurrencies rallying the mood of the market. Elon Musk was everywhere, from SpaceX’s accomplishments and Tesla’s cars to his split from Grimes, Musk was the third most-read article on Wikipedia – with 24,101,538 views.
4. Squid game
Netflix’s game Squid rose to fame just two months ago thanks to Korea’s dystopian belly. The record breaking series at the time became Netflix’s biggest series to date. It follows the adventures of participants in a real game where one wrong move means death.
The Squid Game page has been viewed 21,887,095 times on Wikipedia.
5. Cristiano Ronaldo
Famous footballer Cristiano Ronaldo took fifth place in terms of pageviews on Wikipedia with 18,771,854 views on the free encyclopedia. In 2016 and 2017, Ronaldo was ranked highest paid athlete in the world.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the first footballer and third athlete to earn $ 1 billion in his career.
6. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Prince Philip of the United Kingdom died on April 9, 2021. The former husband of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip was married to the British monarch from February 6, 1952 until his death. Just two months before his 100th birthday, Prince Philip has passed away.
Prince Philip’s Wikipedia page was accessed 18,192,061 times in 2021.
7. UEFA Euro 2020
The 2020 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA Euro 2020, was the 16th international men’s football championship of its kind, organized by the Union of European Football Associations.
Italy became the 2020 UEFA Champions, followed by England as a finalist. The UEFA 2020 page received 17,485,883 views.
8. United States
The world’s largest economy still has a reason to be in the news. In 2021, the United States has seen a lot of changes. From new President Joe Biden to an attempted insurgency on the United States Capitol to a barrage of regular shootings around the country, the United States is the only country page to feature in Wikipedia’s most-viewed pages. The page was viewed 17,185,138 times in 2021.
9. Joe Biden
Joe Biden became the 46th President of the United States on January 20, 2021. Assisted by Vice President Kamala Harris, Democrats took over the presidential office after former President and Republican Donald Trump held the post for a single term . Biden has emerged in a new America – ravaged by Covid-19 and racial tensions. Biden’s Wikipedia page was viewed 16,823,308 times in 2021.
10. Donald Trump
Former American president and businessman, Donald Trump was at the head of American governance from January 20, 2017 to January 20, 2021. After suffering an electoral defeat, he was replaced by Joe Biden in 2021. Known for his approach outspoken, Trump is the darling of the American right.
Donald Trump’s Wikipedia page was viewed 16,366,771 times in 2021.
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