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It is estimated that 200,000 academic journals are published in the English language. The average number of readers per article is five. [Prospect August/September, The Word Mountain, p12]

Automatic divorce is granted in Sweden if both parties agree and do not have any children under the age of 16. [Children in Europe, Sandy Ruxton, 1996]

Oxford University has 361 professors, 20 of whom are women. [The Times, 8th July 1996]

Since the start of the conflict in Afghanistan in 1979, one quarter of the country’s 20m population have fled to neighbouring Iran and Pakistan as refugees. Less than half…

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