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Trivia Tidbit Of The Day: Part 34 -- Russia's Economy.

The Russian Bear-

They once ruled half the world, but, although Russia's economy has grown 6.5% per year since 1998, it is still only slightly larger than that of Los Angeles County:

By most indicators, Russia is now a Third World country, yet it is second only to the U.S. in its number of billionaires.

With the end of the Cold War, Russia lost half its industrial output. Each year, Russia's population declines by a stunning one million people. At this rate, by 2050 its population will have shrunk by a third. Male life expectancy is 58 and falling (it's 75 in the U.S.). One cause, according to a parliamentary report, is "stress generated by people's lack of confidence in their futures and those of their children." Another is alcoholism. The suicide rate between 1995 and 2000 was quadruple that of Europe. A sodden, depressed Russia can only be further eclipsed on the international stage.

However:

Russia possesses one-third of the world's natural gas, 7% of its oil, one-fifth of its precious metals, endless forest and farmland, ports on seven seas, the world's second-largest nuclear stockpile, and 140 million patient and educated citizens—all spread across eleven time zones. This means that no matter how stormy its progress, Russia will matter.


Source:

The Claremont Review of Books.

Previous trivia tidbits:

Part 1; Part 2; Part 3; Part 4; Part 5; Part 6; Part 7; Part 8; Part 9; Part 10; Part 11; Part 12; Part 13; Part 14; Part 15; Part 16; Part 17; Part 18; Part 19; Part 20; Part 21, Part 22; Part 23, Part 24, Part 25; Part 26; Part 27, Part 28; Part 29; Part 30, Part 31; Part 32; Part 33.

Daily Trivia Tidbits cover a wide range of topics; you never know what you might find. Stay tuned to WILLisms.com for more.

Posted by Will Franklin · 2 May 2005 01:49 PM

Comments

Interesting points. I think most people have forgotten about Russia and it's going to suprise us pretty soon. Great site.

Posted by: The Complimenting Commenter at May 2, 2005 05:18 PM

That is interesting. I never would have thought about Russia having billionaires at all. When I think of Russia. I think of the nutcracker and ballet dancers. another thing I think about those cool Faberge Eggs...But most of all I think of Russia and it's Vodka. It always concerned me that the Russian people had supposedly had such a high rate of alchohlism!...I use to always suspect that Brezhnev had large hang overs just by the look on his face!...He was really scary looking!

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at May 2, 2005 07:34 PM