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UN: Norway best place in the world to live

 
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The UN Human Development Report has been released and names Norway as the best place in the world to live, second year running. Well, I've seen their women and they certainly make a good case for themselves on that front Although if that were the only factor I would be hard pressed to name the best country in the world to live in.
For those who don't want to read the report, you can also check out an article on the BBC.
The top ten are:
1. Norway
2. Sweden
3. Canada
4. Belgium
5. Australia
6. United States
7. Iceland
8. Netherlands
9. Japan
10. Finland
Hmmm... guess I should learn to ski.
 
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You don't ski? Hmmm, is it one of a few flaws of military training?
From what I see, Eastern European countries are places between 30 and 80, with Slovenia (former part of Yugoslavia) being at 29; funny, it is the country I least liked (after Romania) while passing through Europe on a bus... Czech Rep., Hungary, Slovakia and Poland are about right there in low-mid 30th. Now, Belarus is at 56 above Russia at 60 - that, I'd say is a total misunderstanding. Since Belarus has been selling weapons to every rouge state, has a brainless-dictator type leader, and lost almost all GDP production since he came to power, their numbers are really fishy. Especially the fact that Belarus got 80 (out of 100) for press freedom. :roll: Press, which is completely controlled by single person - president. Russia got hosed on Accountabiliy(rightly), Political Stability(beter than, say Panama???), Rule of Law(Government, rightly) and Corruption (double rightly so).
Check out women rights to vote in Russia thought - 1918(!!!) And stop wondering why Map is so smart
Just my 5 cents.
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Well, I can go down a hill straight very fast. As long as I don't have to turn or stop I'm fine. But I don't think that qualifies me as being able to ski.
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That's easy. All you need is a hill on the other side - and you are a pro
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Of course if the "hill" is too abrupt, it can resemble a "ski jump" or even "wall", which would be bad (for Jason) or entertaining (for onlookers).
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Check out women rights to vote in Russia thought - 1918(!!!) And stop wondering why Map is so smart
What? Because she is voting since 1918?
 
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No, because her mother was voting, and her grand- and grand-grand-mother were too. So they taught her very well.
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Ah, yes.
But honestly... Voting in the USSR wasn't such a challenging intellectual task. When you need to choose one candidate out of one, it's hard to make mistake!
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Originally posted by Jason Menard:
1. Norway
2. Sweden
3. Canada
4. Belgium
5. Australia
6. United States
7. Iceland
8. Netherlands
9. Japan
10. Finland

Norway, Sweden, Canada, Iceland, Finland. Whoever wrote this thing must like winter weather... and blondes.
 
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Originally posted by Shura Balaganov:
Stop wondering why Map is so smart!


I am nor smart! I am nor smart! I am only pretending!
 
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Ersin, I've seen that "ghost post", and should I say, immediately recognized hot turkish blood
Hmm, Map says she's not smart. the world we live in... :roll:
Anyone been to Norway?
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Don't people in Norway and Sweden commit suicide at rates higher than any other nation?
 
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But you can't beat Bombay(Mumbai), best palce to live on the earth
Bombay the GREAT
 
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Don't people in Norway and Sweden commit suicide at rates higher than any other nation?


Nope, look here at WHO:s worldwide chart.
 
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Originally posted by Dirk Schreckmann:
Don't people in Norway and Sweden commit suicide at rates higher than any other nation?


Nope. That's Finland and Hungary. (Both are pretty fun countries, though.)
 
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And I like Sweden....
 
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Sometimes I wonder about the UN...
 
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Originally posted by Jason Menard:
The top ten are:
1. Norway
2. Sweden
3. Canada
4. Belgium
5. Australia
6. United States
7. Iceland
8. Netherlands
9. Japan
10. Finland


This is an interesting list. I have it on good authority that all those fancy ratings they give for things such as freedom of the press, women's rights, etc... really had very little to do with the rankings.
The one thing that is obvious is that the UNDP are into their winter sports, as can be seen by choosing at least 8 out of the top 10 where you can get a good game of hockey or catch some good powder on the slopes. Other than that criteria though, there were more personal biases that crept in. Here are what my sources tell me were the deciding factors in the top ten:
  • Norway - Pining for the fjords.
  • Sweden - There's no such thing as too much Abba.
  • Canada - Some of the UN guys had fond memories of living there in the late 60's and early 70's.
  • Belgium - Zebruge is a good way to get off the Continent. And hey, it's not France.
  • Australia - Crikey, that Crocodile Hunter guy is a hoot.
  • United States - Monthly rent due on the UN building and by putting the US in the top ten they hope they can buy buy a few extra days to scrape the cash together.
  • Iceland - Made the list because it was the only place that the pick up line "Hey baby, I work for the UN" didn't elicit giggles.
  • Netherlands - Two words: hash and hookers.
  • Japan - That Engrish is just too funny.
  • Finland - Hey, it's not France.


  • And because Shura was wondering how Russia placed so low...
    • Russia - The UN guys were angered to find a pirated electronic copy of Boutros Boutros-Ghali's book in the bargain bin of some black market dealer's CD-ROM stand in a back alley in Moscow.


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Jason, you'd be surprised what can be found in a black market dealer's CD-ROM stand in a back alley in Moscow
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Norway - Pining for the fjords.


Slartibartfast deserves a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster for this one...
 
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Originally posted by Anthony Villanueva:

Slartibartfast deserves a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster for this one...


Oh yeah I forgot about that one. He was in charge of coastlines if memory serves. Very proud of his work on the fjords I believe.
 
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