The year is coming to a close, but the endless year-in-review articles are just beginning. Google's annual Zeitgeist is out today with its compilation of the most popular search terms around the world.

Zeitgeist is a German term that is loosely translated as "spirit of the age and its society." Google's 2008 edition included broad categories like "Top of Mind," "Politics," "Trendsetters," "Showbiz," "Sports" and for the first time the search company has added 30 country specific breakdowns.

Here's the top 10 fastest-rising searches entered into Google by Internet users around the globe:

1. sarah palin
2. beijing 2008
3. facebook login
4. tuenti
5. heath ledger
6. obama
7. nasza klasa
8. wer kennt wen
9. euro 2008
10. jonas brothers