Life and death
Percentage of Poles who would support a law allowing doctors to apply medication that would "shorten the sufferings of the incurably ill": 51 percent.
Percentage of those against: 36 percent.
Percentage of Poles who approve of euthanasia: approximately 36 percent.
Percentage of Poles who disapprove of euthanasia: approximately 51 percent.
Percentage fall in the number of people aged between 25 and 50 by 2020: Britain, 8 percent; Germany, 11 percent; Italy, 19 percent.
Percentage increase in the number of people aged between 25 and 50 in the United States by 2020: three percent.
Number of ethnic Chinese living in the Russian Federation in 1999: 2.5 million.
Percentage of St. Petersburg inhabitants who live in communal apartments: 40 percent.
The share of American workers in physically demanding jobs in 1950 and 1996, respectively: 20.3 percent and 7.5 percent.
Projected largest industries in 2020: 1. tourism 2. oil industry.
Projected number of tourists in 2020: 1.6 billion people, or triple the present number.
Percentage of American men aged between 60 and 64 that are still in the labor force: 50 percent.
Percentage of German, French, and Dutch men between 60 and 64 that are still in the labor force: 33 percent, 19 percent, and 19 percent, respectively.
Place of Russia among America's trading partners in 1999: #30, ahead of the Dominican Republic (#31) and behind Colombia (#29).
Value of the Russian ruble vs. American dollar in 1876: $1=18 rubles.
Value of the Russian ruble vs. American dollar on 1 December 1999: $1=26.745 rubles.
Percentage drop in foreign car sales in Russia during the first six months of 1999: 90 percent.
Percentage of the Russian Federation's population living in poverty: 40 percent.
Unemployment and poverty rate in the province of Dagestan before the 19992000 Russian-Chechen war: 80 percent.
Polish trade deficit in the first half of 1999: $8.4 billion, or 3.4 percent less than in the same period last year.
Polish exports in the first half of 1999: $12.9 billion, or 8.1 percent less than in the same period last year.
Polish imports: $21.3 billion, or 6.6 percent less than last year.
Polish export markets: Germany (36.9 percent of exports), Italy (seven percent), the Netherlands (5.3 percent), France (5.1 percent).
Percentage of Polish exports that go to the European Union: 71.9 percent.
Polish imports from EU: 66 percent of the total.
The ratio of stock market values to gross domestic product in the United States in 1999: 1.3, or the higest in history.
An international median ratio of same: 0.5.
Percentage of Germany's gross domestic product produced by the "shadow economy": 15 percent.
Total foreign investment in Poland since 1989: $35.5 billion (including $10.1 billion in 1998 and $4.9 billion in the first half of 1999).
More economic data for July 1999 in Poland: unemployment, 11.7 percent; year-on-year inflation, 6.3 percent; average salary in state-owned enterprises, 1852 Zl (an increase of 9.9 percent since July 1998).
Average official salary in Russia in 1999: 1,700 rubles a month.
Percentage of the Polish life-insurance market held by Panstwowy Zaklad Ubezpieczen (PZU, a former state insurance monopoly): 65 percent.
Percentage of the market for insurance of goods and property held by PZU: 63 percent.
Estimated value of PZU to potential purchasers: $1.5 billion.
Date by which the Polish government intends to privatize PZU: 2001.
Number of Russians who emigrated to the United States in 1998: 11,000.
Numerical drop in membership in the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies between 1989--99: from 4,000 to 3,400.
The ratio of American top executive to factory worker pay in 1980 and in 1999, respectively: 42 and 419.
Number of visas issued yearly to Russians by U.S. consulates in Moscow and St. Petersburg since 1991: 250,000.
Estimated number of criminals thus admitted to the United States: "thousands."
Percentage of Americans believing in Darwinist evolution, theistic evolution, or creationism: 10 percent, 39 percent and 44 percent, respectively.
Percentage of Poles who believe in dreams: 60 percent.
Percentage of Poles who read horoscopes in newspapers: 50 percent.
Percentage of Poles who consulted a fortune teller at least once in their lives: 13 percent.
Number of democratic countries in 1980 (out of 121): 37.
Number of democracies in 1998 (out of 193): 117.
Percentage of world population living in democracies in 1980 and in 1998: 37 percent and 54 percent.
Number of nuclear warheads Russia can retain according to START II agreement which Russia has signed but not ratified: between 3,000 and 3,500 by 2007.
Estimated number of nuclear warheads and strategic ballistic missiles Russia presently has: 4,500 warheads and 1,000 missiles, or well below the 6,000 warheads allowed under the START I treaty with the United States.
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