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The Sad Beat of St. Pete

Published: February 28, 2014 (Issue # 1799)



  • Many Petersburgers may feel like Grumpy Cat after reading these results.
    Photo: pressdemocrat.com

St. Petersburg has been listed as the second unhappiest city in Russia, according to a smile survey by Jetpac City Guides – a new app that uses image processing technology to analyze 100s of millions of Instagram photos to prepare its city guides for 6000 cities around the world.

The new app scans faces and locates and measures smiles by the shape of the mouth. When analyzing Russia, the app found that smaller and more rural cities did well, as did towns with many students. The top three happiest cities in Russia as ranked by Jetpac’s Smile Score were: Saransk, located in the Volga basin, East of Moscow; Lipetsk, located on the banks of the Voronezh River in the Don basin, southeast of Moscow; and Naberezhnye Chelny, located on the Kama River, east of Kazan. Interestingly, Russia’s two capitals were found at the bottom of the ranking despite their population size and popularity with tourists. The bottom three cities in Russia were Moscow, St. Petersburg and Gelendzhik - a resort town in Krasnodar Krai, situated on the Gelendzhik Bay of the Black Sea.

As a country Russia fared better than others despite its reputation for not smiling – overall the country scored higher than Finland, Norway, Sweden, Germany and China.





 


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Wednesday, Apr. 16


Learn more about AmCham’s efforts during the Joint Manufacturing, and Investment and Legal Committees Meeting today at 9 a.m. Check their website for more information about the event.


Today marks the beginning of IPhEB and CPhI Russia 2014, an international forum for the pharmaceutical industry and biotechnology that will be at LenExpo today and tomorrow. Those both already established in the industries and hoping to start a career are encouraged to attend and network with their colleagues.


Thursday, Apr. 17


Expocenter Eurasia at 13 Ulitsa Kapitan Voronin is the sight of Goods on the Way, a five-day event starting today showcasing the latest in the industrial products industry. Bags, backpacks, swimsuits and much, much more will be available to attendees hoping to update not only their style but their accessories for the upcoming summer.


Friday, Apr. 18


Teachers and students alike shouldn’t miss the opportunity to establish lasting contacts with Russian and foreign institutions during the 21st Education and Career Fair at LenExpo, beginning today and finishing tomorrow. Learn more about education in Russia and connect with your fellow scholars.


The Tromso International Film Festival, Norway’s largest, brings a short festival to St. Petersburg for one day only during Scandinavian Oddities, starting at 7 p.m. today at Rodina Cinema Center. Tickets for the event are 100 rubles ($2.80).


Sunday, Apr. 20


Celebrate Easter at Pavlovsk during the Easter Fair that begins today and continues through next Sunday. Visitors will have the chance to paint Easter eggs and children can take part in games as well as help decorate a tree in honor of Christianity’s holiest day.


Today is one of the final days to see the exhibit Cacti — Children of the Sun at the Peter the Great Botanical Garden. Starting Apr. 17, budding botanists will marvel at the variety and beauty of the desert’s most iconic plant.


Monday, Apr. 21


Improve your grasp of Neruda, Bolano and Marquez at TrueDA’s Beginners Spanish Lesson this evening at their location on the Petrograd Side. An experienced teacher will be on hand to help all attendees better understand the intricacies of the language and improve their accent.


Tuesday, Apr. 22


SPIBA’s Breakfast with the Director event series continues as the association welcomes Andrei Barannikov, general director of SPN Communications, to the Anna Pavlova Hall of the Angleterre Hotel this morning at 9 a.m. Attendees must confirm their participation by Apr. 21.


The AmCham Environment, Health and Safety Committee Meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. this morning in the their St. Petersburg office.