Wednesday, October 12, 2005

One reason not to want to live in Norway... Big numbers!

Thomas just told me today that he got a speeding fine going 85 kmh (52 mph) in a 60 kmh (37 mph) zone and he got a NOK 6,500 (that's $1,000) fine (according to the police he was 1 km/t away from losing his license).

Meanwhile, last month I was stopped doing 75 mph (120 kmh) in a 45 mph (72 kmh) zone --I thought I was going to go to jail for life, but got a $60 fine (less than NOK 400)...

I am not advocating speeding, but something is not right with this picture!

Given some time I should be able to come up with a dozen other reasons not to want to live in Norway, wouldn't mind getting some help...

As for reasons to want to live in Norway they are plenty, could need some help again...

To start us off, it being the third largest oil exporter in the world (after Saudi Arabia and Russia) is a substantial reason. The country now has a government controlled investment fund from oil revenue (not to be confused with oil reserve) of NOK 1,184,000,000,000 ($182,391,000,000) - that's about NOK 260,000 ($40,000) per Norwegian. In comparison, the US Federal debt is currently $6,000,000,000,000, so we are of course talking small change here.)

I suppose you don't strictly speaking need to live in Norway, just be Norwegian and live somewhere else to benefit from the investment fund in the long term. However, it sure would be nice to have my share, and Cecilie's and Lars' too, to fix up that house (we could have easily been in by now...). Damn socialists (and conservatives before them) for saving it for the future!

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