Nelson Mandela Tops Google Searches for 2013

World | December 20, 2013, Friday // 15:08
Bulgaria: Nelson Mandela Tops Google Searches for 2013 Nelson Mandela passed away on December 5. Photo by EPA/BGNES

The former South African President Nelson Mandela occupied the top spot in the list of searches among Google users for 2013.

The passing of the legendary fighter against apartheid on December 5 triggered a surge in interest about his life, according to Google.

Google is taking a look back over 2013 with its annual year-end zeitgeist, a report on the people, events, and trends that seem to have best captured the public's interest.

"It's perhaps unsurprising that the #1 trending search of 2013 was an international symbol of strength and peace: Nelson Mandela," says Google's Amit Singhal.

"Global search interest in the former President of South Africa was already high this year, and after his passing, people from around the world turned to Google to learn more about Madiba and his legacy", Singhal added.

Tragedies like the Boston Marathon bombing, the 6th trending term globally, and Typhoon Haiyan also captured the world's attention.

Here's the top 10 global trending searches of the year:

1. Nelson Mandela
2. Paul Walker
3. iPhone 5s
4. Cory Monteith
5. Harlem Shake
6. Boston Marathon
7. Royal Baby
8. Samsung Galaxy s4
9. PlayStation 4
10. North Korea

For the complete list of Google's top searches of 2013, please visit the Zeitgeist homepage

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