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Will Moscow ever stop growing?

Русская версия картыEven as Russia struggles to grow its population, Moscow’s incredible growth seems unstoppable. Excluding St. Petersburg, Russia’s next 15 largest cities combined could comfortably fit inside Moscow and its suburbs.In a recent map, I looked at the growth and decline of post-Soviet cities. Across the entire post-Soviet space, there is one overwhelming winner – Moscow. For hundreds […]

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Biggest Soviet cities

Русская версия первой и второй карты.When I was looking for the Soviet Union’s largest cities, I couldn’t find any good list, let alone a map. Strange, I thought, considering that Russian Wikipedia seems to have incredibly detailed records of every Soviet city’s population. And yet, nobody had collected them in one place.I managed to find a […]

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Why does England have so many more people than Scotland and Wales?

It’s mostly a matter of physical geography. Take a look at this satellite image of the British Isles, without any borders. Right away you can see where the hilly and mountainous terrain is – mostly in Great Britain’s north and west. Mountainous terrain gives you benefits as well as drawbacks: The rugged land is more […]

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How many people are eligible to be President of the United States?

There will be some imprecision in my calculations but we can arrive at a general estimate.There are 322,772,000 people in the US. Of these, about 13 million are Legal Permanent Residents without citizenship. 11 million are illegal immigrants. The State Department estimates about 5 million US citizens living abroad.So the number of US citizens is […]

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What is the northernmost city in the world?

Here is a list of northernmost inhabited places by increasing population: 82º N: Alert, Canada – population 0-5. Northernmost inhabited place. 79º N: Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard, Norway – population 35. Northernmost year-round inhabited place. 78º N: Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway – population 2,075. Northernmost town of over a thousand. 71º N: Tiksi, Russia – population 5,063. Northernmost […]

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