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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.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Friday, Sept. 19


SPIBA’s newest addition to their Cultural Discoveries events is “Handmade in Germany,” an exhibition featuring unique handmade objects of a significantly higher quality than mass-produced items. The work of over 100 German manufacturers will be displayed during the event, which opens today in the Lutheran Church of Saint Peter and Paul on Nevsky Prospekt and runs through Sept. 28.



Saturday, Sept. 20


Starting on Sept. 18 and ending tomorrow is the Extreme Fantasy Wakeboarding Festival in Sunpark by Sredny Suzdalskoye lake in the Ozerki region of the city.


Those after something more laid back can instead head to Jazz and Wine night at TerraVino with legendary jazz guitarist Ildar Kazahanov. 12/14 Admiralteyskaya Emb.



Sunday, Sept. 21


Learn more about African culture and get some exercise during today’s “Djembe and Vuvuzela,” a bike ride starting in Palace Square that includes several stops where riders can listen to the music of Africa or watch short films about the continent. The riders plan to set off at 4 p.m. and all you need to join is a set of wheels.



Monday, Sept. 22


Do you love puppetry? If so, then be sure to go to BTK-Fest, a five-day festival that starts on Sept. 19 celebrating the art. Contemporaries from France, Belgium, the U.K. and other countries will join Russian artists to put on theatrical performances involving a variety of themes, materials and eras. Workshops and meetings are also scheduled for a chance to discuss the artistic medium in further depth.



Tuesday, Sept. 23


Marina Suhih, Director of the External Communications Department at Rostelecom North-West, and Yana Donskaya, HR Director for Northern Capital Gateway are just some of the confirmed participants of today’s round table discussion on “Interaction with Trade Unions” being hosted by SPIBA. Confirm your attendance with SPIBA by Sept. 22.


Kino Expo 2014, an international film industry convention, will be at LenExpo from today until Sept. 26. The third largest exhibition of film equipment in the world, the expo focuses on not only Russia but former Soviet republics as well.



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