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    BEST PLACE TO LIVE IN 2005

    Originally posted by REUTERS
    OSLO, Norway - Norway will top a 2005 U.N. ranking as the best country in which to live for the fifth year in a row, the head of the U.N. Development Program (UNDP) said on Friday.

    Rich from North Sea oil and with a generous welfare state, Norway has led the world ranking since it ousted Canada from top spot in 2001. The annual list ranks countries by an index combining wealth, education and life expectancy.

    “The (2005) report comes out on Sept. 7 and yes, Norway is ranked as number 1 on the human development index,” UNDP administrator Kemal Dervis told a news conference in Oslo of the forthcoming report.

    He gave no other details of the ranking. Last year, Norway was followed by Sweden, Australia and Canada at the top, while Sierra Leone was the last of 177 countries listed.

    The news is likely to be welcomed by Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik, whose center-right government is trailing a “Red-Green” opposition alliance led by the Labour Party ahead of a Sept. 12 election.

    But Dervis, on his first foreign trip since taking over as head of the UNDP this month, said the ranking was a reward for years of work by successive governments in Norway, the world’s number 3 oil exporter behind Saudi Arabia and Russia.

    “This is an achievement of the Norwegian people over a very long time. It cannot be interpreted as belonging to one government,” he said.

    Still, Bondevik has often grumbled that it is a paradox to be lagging so far in the polls when UNDP surveys have placed Norway top every year since he came to office in 2001.

    Expanding economy
    The economy is set to expand by a stellar 3.75 percent this year, interest rates are at a very low 2.0 percent, annual inflation is almost non-existent at 1.1 percent and unemployment a low 3.7 percent.

    But opinion polls in Norway show many people believe that tax cuts have favoured the rich and want more investment in education, hospitals and care for the elderly.

    Norwegians generally reckon that their economic upturn is fuelled by high oil prices -- a bonanza out of any government’s control. A fund saving Norway’s oil wealth for future generations is worth $180 billion, or $39,000 for each citizen.



  • #2
    I am gonna apply to live there.

    Blonde babes mmm mmm

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    • #3
      Does Australia have as much socialism as Canada?

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      • #4
        Where was the Superdome ranked?


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        • #5
          Isn't Oslo at or near the Arctic Circle? I don't think they could pay me enough to live there.

          Well, not quite.

          http://www.athropolis.com/map2.htm
          Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law ~

          A.C.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by bombay@Sep 1 2005, 10:12 AM
            Isn't Oslo at or near the Arctic Circle? I don't think they could pay me enough to live there.
            Here it is

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            • #7
              Originally posted by kconn@Sep 1 2005, 10:11 AM
              Where was the Superdome ranked?
              Right below the Astrodome. The bathrooms are dirtier.
              “I’ve always stated, ‘I’m a Missouri Tiger,’” Anderson said March 13 after Arkansas fired John Pelphrey, adding, “I’m excited about what’s taking place here.”

              Asked then if he would talk to his players about the situation, he said, “They know me, and that’s where the trust comes in.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by kconn@Sep 1 2005, 10:11 AM
                Where was the Superdome ranked?
                :o
                Official sponsor of Mike Shannon's Retirement Party

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by ksbluesfan@Sep 1 2005, 09:01 AM
                  Does Australia have as much socialism as Canada?
                  Canada..yes, quite similar actually. High tax, socialised medicine and education. However, it is about 1000x nicer.

                  Finland..and the other Nordic countries are socialist. Australia is not; however, the only down side to living in OZ is the tax rate. The highest tax rate is approaching 50%. However, for middle income families the rate is closer to the high 30's low 40's. Now, it is quite difficult to emigrate to Australia. They have a scoring system that places high-value on well-educated people and people who have skills that are in high demand but with low supply in Australia.

                  No matter what the UN says about Finland..I can't imagine any city in Finland being even remotely as nice as Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. It is truly a beautiful place to live..paradise some would say.

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                  • #10
                    So that's where Saddam hid the WMDs?

                    Destination: Oslo.

                    They'll never expect it.

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                    • #11
                      Ummm....

                      The UN?

                      You folks are listening to THEM?

                      I mean...I realize there haven't been any oil-for-food scandals, and they're upstanding citizens...but still...

                      You MAY want to do your own research...

                      That being said...I'm certainly not condemning Oslo....
                      " Look, forget the myths the media's created about the White House--the truth is, these are not very bright guys, and things got out of hand."

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Indu WangZi+Sep 1 2005, 08:09 PM-->
                        QUOTE(Indu WangZi @ Sep 1 2005, 08:09 PM)

                      • #13
                        If the UN says so...it must be wrong
                        Go Cards ...12 in 13.


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                        • #14
                          well, they were right about going to war in Iraq...

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                          • #15
                            Originally posted by InSighT@Sep 3 2005, 02:10 PM
                            well, they were right about going to war in Iraq...
                            even the blind squirrel finds the occasional acorn
                            Go Cards ...12 in 13.


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