To declare that a personal, inner experience gives certainty about the workings of the universe is to assign far too much value to one’s subjective sense of conviction.
I’m not that arrogant.
The brain, marvelous instrument though it is, isn’t infallible. It can misfire, seize or hallucinate, and it can do so in a way that’s utterly indistinguishable from reality to the person experiencing it.
The most important part that you are ignoring is a very classic capitalistic factor though, supply and demand. There is a demand for doctors hence why you are likely to get a job if you manage to get through those 6 years of medicine studies.
Shit like this actually goes through your fucking brain?
Buying food from a restaurant is quite expensive here, and most people do it only once a week or so, I guess. If you visit the restaurant run by immigrants, like a Vietnamese restaurant, you can get a good meal for about 10 euros, but the average price would be double that. But if you want some alcohol with this, you better be ready to pay more. A pint is about 7+ euros, and a drink is about 12. Everyone thinks that this is very expensive, so we often have a vorspiel to save money, because alcohol is a lot cheaper bought in a store.
Why is this so expensive? To ensure that customers are served clean food, and that the staff of the restaurants aren't slaves, the government have strict rules for food storage/quality, high minimum wages etc. which drives the price up. We're also quite few people in this country, so they can't expect to have a lot of customers at any given time. With insane real estate prices in the more sentral parts, it's quite understandable that they have to charge a lot.
If you are visiting Oslo, and don't have a lot of money to spend on food, find a kebab store. You can get a kebab for as low as 3-4 euros.
Mother pus bucket!
I would like my country to have a system similar to the Nordic countries. Why? Because success of a country shouldn't be measured in how much money it makes, but how happy the people living there are. A country should be measured first and foremost by the living standards.
And I congratulate the nordic countries on their public expenses, because they show they care about their people. Yes, there is some improvement to be made around immigrants coming and claiming benefits, which should be touched as a problem, but outside that the nordic countries should be models for everyone.
Countries who measure their worth by how much + in money they make each year suck. Those that measure their worth on how happy their people are should be taken as models, not those.
Something bad about Norway currently is how the oil has pretty much depleted all other sectors of Engineers. I am an Engineer myself, working within the oil sector. We're leading within oil and gas, subsea and offshore operations. Currently there's a lack of 16.000 Engineers in Norway. Which is a lot, compared to the amount of Engineers graduating each year. We've even started to "steal" engineers from several South American countries. More than those countries have liked. Chile has for instance contacted the Norwegian government regarding this.
Anyway. What I really wanted to get at here is that entrepreneurship in Norway is limited due to this fact. If you're an Engineer, you're certain to get a job within the oil-sector, a well paid job. You do not need to be entrepreneurial. Something that the swedes needs to. They do not have the oil, nor the fish, and as such they'll need to think outside the box in order to get somewhere.
Norway was among Europe's (even the worlds) poorest countries up until early 1900. Prior to the second world war, Norway had the second largest trading fleet in the world. 90% of that fleet was sunk or made obsolete during the second world war. Therefore, in order to get back into the lead, Norway had to build a completely new fleet. And as of that day until now, the Norwegian fleet is modern and surpasses pretty much any fleet in the world. Denmark has Maersk, Norway has Fredriksen for instance. Pretty much any industry (major) in Norway revolves around the sea, whether it being fish, oil and gas, offshore operations or trading. Most of our engineering force is centered around this. This is not a problem today, but surely will be in a 100 years or so if we do not start thinking more out of the box.
The money the Norwegian state has, is due to the oil found out in the North Sea (including all the operations abroad). $700 billion is stored away in a sovereign wealth fund, where some of it is spent on buying property or loaning to other countries. You would be amazed about the streets and areas the Norwegian government owns abroad (Regent Street in London for instance). Thinking ahead. I would personally see more of it spent on infrastructure in Norway, rather it being spent on the Autobahn in Germany. But that's just me.
Norway has its money. When its gone, pretty much everything will collapse. We currently employ about 1.7 million within the public sector of a workforce that only is about 2.6 million. That is not good. Of those 2.6 million, 0.6 million is in disabled or handicapped. Meaning you have about 0.3-0.4 million left working within the remaining sectors. 0.1 million works purely towards the oil and gas sector. That leaves 200.000 left. I could go further, but what I'm getting at is that our workforce is limited. Hence the jobs Norwegians do not want are given to foreign workers. You would be flabbergasted by the amount of Swedish youth working in the service sectors here in Norway. If you were to travel to Oslo today or during the summer holidays, you would be greeted by swedes pretty much everywhere. Sweden currently has an unemployment rate of 22.5% in the age range from 18-25, a rate which would've been a lot higher if it weren't for the jobs they were getting in Norway. Norway almost has no unemployment at all. Why? Because the oil sector is flourishing, and the other sectors lack the necessary workforce. Hence foreign workers are used as fillers.
There are almost more Swedish entrepreneurs in Norway, than there are Norwegian entrepreneurs.
Earlier I said there is 600.000 being disabled or in any way not able to work. That is an insane number. The healthcare and social benefits given in Norway are, after my own opinion, to easy to get. If a foreign worker were to work in Norway for 6 months, get a child in the meantime, and then move back to their own country, they would be getting child support until their child is 18 years old. That amount is rather large compared to normal salaries in many European countries, and is therefore exploited. Exploitation of the social benefits in most Scandinavian countries are occurring on a daily basis.
Singapore will surpass Norway in most rankings in few years. I've lived there myself, and the changes done over the years are major. You would be pleasantly surprised. Countries should not be looking towards the Nordics, but more towards Singapore. The rules there are strict, for instance chewing gum is banned (caning or fines are the punishment), there's a death penalty for using or importing drugs and so on. The rules work. There's rarely any murders, and even the largest newspaper in Singapore has rather boring stories as its headline. People getting mugged might end up as the headline. Something I were asked a lot after returning home, where whether I was scared moving around and doing normal things. My answer were always "No.". As long as you followed the rules, you would be fine. Rules which is rather easy to follow, and is pretty much common sense in many cases.
People would be surprised by the foreign policies Norway has for instance. We condone terrorism, but we protect terrorist. If you were to flee from your country due prosecution or fearing for your life, then the government is obliged to protecting you. Most of these immigrants would get a large range of benefits like free school, apartment, a monthly salary etc. by doing nothing. Exploitation is often occurring like I explained earlier.
I don't like Norway in its current state. We're living really well here, but you would be surprised by how stuff is done. Norway is not the place to look if you want stuff done. We're rich, but it is not due to our way of working, but rather our oil.
Something I do look forward to, is to start mining for Thorium in a couple years. With the largest reserve found in Norway, it might become the new oil for us.
All who are in the military (currently) would have their service weapon at home, safely stored. It is, however, non-functional, as parts of it will be stored on different locations (often the closest military base).
Above statement is only considering the Norwegians, as I do think the other Scandinavian countries has different laws.
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The best grill in my old town had a Vietnamese guy owning it - really nice guy too. Now im in Århus and one of my friends in class has, at least, a Vietnamese father who also owns a restaurant in her old town xD
Singapore's success is actually being hampered by their ridiculously bad social freedom. The only thing that Singapore has going is its high economic freedom couples with being a trading hub, and that's the source of its wealth. Hong Kong on the other hand has both economic and social freedom and is also a trading hub.Originally Posted by Pancha
Having said that, all countries cannot be trading centres, as it would mean no country is a trading centre. So thinking that you can replicate Hong Kong's and Singapore's success elsewhere isn't that easy.