The Spectator Index

The Spectator Index


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World's most influential cities, 2019. 1. New York City 2. London 3. Paris 4. Tokyo 5. Hong Kong 6. Singapore 7. Los Angeles 8. Chicago 9. Beijing 10. Washington DC (A.T. Kerney) Longer list:

Best passports to hold in 2020. (number of countries that can be visited visa-free or visa-on-arrival) 1. Japan (191) 2. Singapore (190) 3. South Korea, Germany (189) 4. Italy, Finland (188) 5. Spain, Luxembourg, Denmark (187) (Henley Passport Index)

India's population. 1950: 376 million 2020: 1388 million 2090: 1704 million (projection) (United Nations)

Proud to identify as English, by age. 18-24: 45% 25-49: 51% 50-64: 63% 65+: 72% (YouGov)

UK's most trusted professions. 1. Nurses: 96% 2. Doctors: 92% 3. Teachers: 89% 4. Engineers: 87% 5. Professors: 86% 6. Scientists: 85% 7. Judges: 83% 8. Military members: 78% 9. Police: 76% 10. News readers: 62% (Ipsos)

Smartphone sales. Samsung 2017: 317 million 2018: 292 million Apple 2017: 215 million 2018: 208 million Huawei 2017: 154 million 2018: 206 million (IDC)

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2020 so far: - US killing of Qassem Soleimani - Floods in Indonesia - Ongoing Australian bushfire crisis - Conflict in Libya - Bomb attack in Burkina Faso - Continued protests in India and Hong Kong - Knife attack in Paris - Interpol warrant for Carlos Ghosn

US mass shootings. Las Vegas, 2017: 50+ killed Orlando, 2016: 50 killed Virginia Tech, 2007: 32 killed Sandy Hook, 2012: 27 killed San Ysirdo, 1984: 21 killed San Bernadino, 2015: 14 killed Edmond, 1986: 14 killed Fort Hood, 2009: 13 killed Columbine, 1999: 13 killed

VIDEO: Three professional Japanese footballers play against one hundred children.

VIDEO: British man unable to burn EU flag due to EU regulations on flammable materials

Syria 270,000 killed 7 million internally displaced 4.2 million external refugees 13 million in need of assistance

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Most dangerous places to live, 2019. 1. Brazil 2. South Africa 3. Nigeria 4. Argentina 5. India 6. Peru 7. Kenya 8. Ukraine 9. Turkey 10. Colombia 11. Mexico 12. UK 13. Egypt 14. Philippines 15. Italy 16. US 17. Indonesia 18. Greece 19. Kuwait 20. Thailand (InterNations)

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