As a resident of a nordic country, I wouldn't suggest that any country emulate us too much. It's actually rather ominous to live here, with the left-wingers dictating what's okay to say and think, and trying to control the media and even, recently a TV series. No, we don't have secret police, but I wouldn't want to live here in 20 years.
In Norway, there's a somewhat strict gun control law (atleast comparing to the US/Texas)
Weapons for hunting purposes require a hunting exam, which then allows you to acquire up to six rifles or shotguns designed for hunting, any more hunting weapons than that require special permission from the Police. All ownership of weapons, besides .17 airguns and bows require permisson from the Police.
Handguns require that you're an active member of a shooting club, and can document 6 months of activity, before you are able to apply for a gun permission. The chosen caliber must be used in the clubs shooting program, so no .50 DE if the club only shoots .22LR.
But then there's the (confusing) world of practical shooting where again membership, and activity in a practical shooting club is required. I'm not sure of the rules here, other than handguns being allowed in accordance to the different IPSC divisions. For practical rifles, you need to shoot practical handgun for two years (and compete) before you even can consider applying for a permission for any rifle other than a hunting rifle.
Automatic weapons, in any shape or form, is banned for private use and ownership.
There's a lot more "technicalities" than this, but that's not what this thread is about..
Finland, Sweden and Norway is on 4th, 10th and 11th place of Wikipedias gun pr capita list, mostly due to strong hunting traditions.
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Fair enough. I'm aware Mærsk has also had a few labor scandals... which I found pretty odd considering their primary location...Im not sure. The guy who owned it recently died. Was in late 90s and was adamant that the company stayed in Denmark even though he was half American.
Speaking of Danish companies, how has Lego managed to stay in business despite the fact that their entire business model seems to be making war against parents' bare feet? Stepping on Legos in the morning is a great way to guarantee they never get more of your money.