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Qatar – everything you need to know now (daily newspaper Junge Welt)

“Hooray, hooray, we’re flying to Qatar!” sing the Dutch. And no, they won’t be world champions again. They’re most likely smoking all the weed off the pitch though. Then there is still something to mourn: your preferred opponents in the final, Colombia, could not qualify for the final round; would also have been a great game if they snorted away the lines…

But let’s leave the ultrafan slogans, let’s create facts! At 11,571 square kilometers, Qatar is slightly larger than Jamaica, and with less than 100 millimeters of annual precipitation, the peninsular state is one of the driest regions on earth. For comparison, Jamaica (great four-man bobsleigh!) has up to 5,000 millimeters of annual precipitation, Germany around 800. Polar bears, which may have made their way into the desert of Qatar from…

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