Magazine article Russian Life

Facts & Figures

Magazine article Russian Life

Facts & Figures

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Moscow is the 14th dirtiest city in the world, according to Mercer Human Resource Consulting, which ranked 215 cities worldwide in their 2007 Quality of Life report. The report considered air pollution, waste management, water potability, and other factors. The cities' cleanliness was compared to New York, which served as the baseline, with a score of 100. The world's three dirtiest cities are Baku, Azerbaijan, Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Antananarivo, Madagascar. Calgary, Canada was judged the cleanest city. At number 14, Moscow had an index of 43.4 and was positioned between Bangui and Uagadugu, two cities in Africa. [??] Russia was rated the world's 65th weakest state by the Brookings Institution, which studied 141 countries. The results are based on the state of the economy, politics, defense, and the social sphere. Somalia, Afghanistan, and the Congo were at the bottom of the list. [??] Every year, Russians consume 180 million kilograms of coffee, or 2 kilograms per person. By comparison, Finns consume 12 kilograms per person, per year. …

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