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Ten birthday facts

1. Crime. The number of crimes committed per 100,000 population is almost two and half times higher in England and Wales than in the US.

2. Unemployment. The average rates of unemployment in the first and second halves of the 20th century in the UK were virtually identical (4.9 and 4.7 per cent respectively).

3. Religion. In the 2001 census, 71 per cent of the UK population said they were Christian.

4. Income inequality. World income inequality was about the same in 2000 as it was in 1900.

5. Stock markets. Since 1997 the stock market…

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