Keeping off the roads in Qatar would be the best way to safeguard one’s life, as per the Economist magazine’s annual book of global economic statistics and quirky facts — Pocket World in Figures. The 2009 edition of the book, often described as the fact-lover’s Bible, contains facts and data on 182 countries and profiles of more than 65 of the world’s major economies.
Qatar suffered four times more injuries in road accidents per 100,000 people than the second-placed country, Kuwait, and tied with South Africa for the most road deaths, the report shows.
It also shows that Qatar is the second richest country in the world in terms of purchasing power parity followed by Kuwait in the Middle East at the 10th position. The report has details on more than 200 topics, from GDP figures to obesity rates. As per the 2008 issue of the book, 45 percent of Qatar’s women were obese.
Though the rate of traffic accidents in Qatar remains the highest in the world, the mortality rate has come down as a result of new traffic laws. The number of deaths due to traffic accidents was 218 in 2008, compared to 270 in 2006. In 2007, the mortality figure stood at 199.
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