Fires in the United States

Wilderness and structural fires alike lead to loss of life and property, yet unlike wildfires, home destruction and similar structural disasters can often be prevented with observation of fire safety guidelines and regulations, community vigilance, and the service of well-trained and equipped fire departments nationwide. In today’s Viz, we highlight fire-related statistics covering the US during the period from 1977 to 2015.

The 2017 Global Peace Index


The United States recorded the tenth largest deterioration of peace level during the last year among 161 countries. The country slipped 11 places in the 2017 ranking by Global Peace Index since the previous year to become less peaceful than Brazil, Belarus, and Cambodia. Deterioration of peacefulness in the US was largely due to the increase in the level of perceived criminality in the society which was caused by increasing homicide rate, the number of terrorist attacks and mass shootings.

Eurovision Song Contest in Figures

The top three countries at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 might have been different if Russia had taken part in the event. The matter is that Russia is the most successful country in the history of Eurovision as measured by the share of prize-winning appearances, i.e. the number of times a country finished first, second, or third as a share of the total number of times the country took part in the Grand Final.

The Most Reputable Countries in the World

In 2016, the Reputation Institute ranked Sweden, Canada, and Switzerland as the most reputable countries in the world. The Institute's ranking is based on the collective opinions of 48,000 people surveyed throughout the G8 countries.

The Best Jobs and the Best Cities for Jobs in the US and the UK

It is not only an employer who makes a choice between applicants when hiring, but an employee as well may have his own preferences towards employers. And while wage is generally the key criteria, place of work, occupation, company's image, job's future potential and other factors also make sense.