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    Cool Norway best place to chill!

    The topic countries are all Nordic or substantially Nordic.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/eu...6/norway.best/


    (CNN) -- It may get down to chilly sub-zero temperatures in mid-winter, but the cold climate country of Norway remains the best place in the world to live, according to the latest research by the United Nations.

    And showing it can be cool to be cold, Sweden ranks second, with Canada not far behind in fourth spot.

    Splitting the cool trio is Australia -- a much warmer country, and the only southern hemisphere nation to rank in the top 10. Japan, in 9th spot, is the only Asian nation in this elite group.

    Norway has been in the top spot on the U.N.'s human development index (HDI) list since 1995 and has ranked in the top four since 1975. Canada topped the list in 1985 and 1990.

    The United States ranks eighth, while the Netherlands, Belgium, Iceland and Ireland fill out the top 10.

    Switzerland, which headed the list in 1980, is in 11th spot. The UK, which carried the sobriquet "cool Britannia" early in the life of Prime Minister Tony Blair's administration, ranks 12th.

    The 2004 HDI, released in Brussels Thursday, is a composite index that looks at indicators such as life expectancy, adult literacy rates, school enrolments and per capita income.

    The lowest placed nations are the African states of Burkina Faso, Niger and Sierra Leone.

    Norway scores very highly on education and GDP, but is beaten on life expectancy by Japan, Sweden and Iceland.

    Norway can also be an expensive place to live. A survey late last year by the UBS bank found that once rent and housing is stripped out, the Norwegian capital of Oslo is the costliest city in the world for goods and services, ahead of the perennial front-runner Tokyo.

    But compensation comes in the form of the very high salaries that prevail in Norway, where the GDP per capita is $36,600 in terms of purchasing power parity.

    Of course, it depends what is included in the cost of living index. A similar survey by the Mercer consulting group earlier this month showed Tokyo a clear leader in expenses, followed by London, Moscow, Osaka and Hong Kong. Oslo ranked just 15th.

    Mercer's own "quality of life" survey in March this year had the Swiss cities of Zurich and Geneva heading the list, followed by Vancouver and Vienna. Sweden's capital Stockholm ranked 15th, while Oslo was in 31st place.

    The Mercer study was based on 39 key quality of life factors, including the political and social environment, the economy, health, education, public services, transport, recreation, housing, consumer goods and the natural environment.

    Whatever the criteria used, the U.N. argues in its 2004 Human Development Report, released in Brussels Thursday, that cultural freedoms should be embraced as basic human rights and necessities for the development of increasingly diverse societies in the 21st century.

    The U.N. report says that if the world is to eradicate poverty, it must first "successfully confront the challenge of how to build inclusive, culturally diverse societies.

    It found that the U.S. city of Miami has the largest foreign-born population of any city in the world -- 59 percent -- followed by Toronto with 44 percent, Los Angeles with 41 percent, Vancouver 37 percent and New York 36 percent. In Asia, Singapore has 33 percent foreign-born and Sydney has 31 percent.

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    Look at the top 8:

    Norway
    Sweden
    Australia
    Canada
    Netherlands
    Belgium
    Iceland
    USA

    What do they all have in common?

    Nordids are the founding race.
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    It sounds so good in numbers... eyes:

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    I split this thread to here
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    Quote Originally Posted by More Nerdish than Nordish
    That Darkie is such an Eye Sore. It must feel very Self-Conscious standing next to fair Nordids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Northern_Paladin
    That Darkie is such an Eye Sore. It must feel very Self-Conscious standing next to fair Nordids.
    I'm sure she feels hatred towards those whites.
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    Norway still the world's best place to live

    For the fourth year in a row, the United Nations has ranked Norway as having the highest standard of living in the world. Sweden, Australia and Canada are next in line, while the United States is further down the scale.
    Norway, also known for its scenic beauty, is once again being hailed as the world's best country in which to live.

    PHOTO: INGAR STORFJELL

    Related stories: UN: 'It's best to live in Norway' - Norway tops UN list over best places to live - again - The annual ranking is based largely on average levels of education and income, combined with expected length of lifetime.

    The report measured standards of living in 177 countries around the world. Other Nordic countries also ranked high, with Iceland in 7th place, Finland 13th and Denmark 17th.

    Norway's gross national product per person amounted to USD 36,600, beaten only by Luxembourg. Its men and women are expected to live to an age of 78.9 years and Norway is one of 19 countries in the world with no measurable rates of illiteracy.

    Researchers for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) also weighed countries' degrees of cultural freedom in their analysis. They called cultural freedom a "basic human right," and awarded high scores in this year's UN Human Development Report to countries that accept immigrant cultures in addition to their own.

    Norway's cultural diversity has blossomed in recent years, and public policies are aimed at integrating various ethnic groups and promoting tolerance.

    Norway also was lauded for its high literacy rate in addition to educational levels and material wealth. Norwegians themselves generally point to their country's scenic beauty, recreational opportunities, clean water and fresh air.

    The United States landed in eighth place on the list, while France, for example, was 16th.

    The worst countries in which to live are all in Africa, according to the UN report. All 23 nations at the bottom of the list were African, with war-torn Sierra Leone in last place.

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    I visited Norway a few years ago, and it is certainly a very pleasant country. Obviously it is very beautiful, and moreover the people, while reserved, are very industrious and keen-minded. The country should certainly be taken as a role-model.

    The only concern I would have for Norway (beyond the immigration problem) is that much of its economy is apparently dependent on North Sea oil revenues. Hopefully, the Norwegians have or are developing strategies to diversify the economy and maintain their prosperity, even as North Sea oil production declines in the coming decades.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurelin
    The only concern I would have for Norway (beyond the immigration problem) is that much of its economy is apparently dependent on North Sea oil revenues. Hopefully, the Norwegians have or are developing strategies to diversify the economy and maintain their prosperity, even as North Sea oil production declines in the coming decades.
    There are likely yet untapped oil deposits on the Norwegian side of the Barents Sea. The Russians have already discovered oil and gas deposits on their side.

    If Norway discovers and exploits the oil in the Barents Sea, they will have enough fossil fuels to export well into the present century.

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