Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Norwegian social benefits highest in Europe

Norwegian social benefits highest in Europe

Norway provides its citizens with the highest social security benefits of any country in Europe. This is shown by figures from the European statistics office Eurostat. The social benefits grants to Norwegians averaged 11,755 Euro in 2002, equal to NOK 93,200. This was NOK 37,700 higher than in Iceland, NOK 36,900 higher than in Finland, 19,200 higher than in Sweden and 12,300 higher than in Denmark. Compared with EU nations outside Scandinavia, the differences are even higher: According to Eurostat, the social benefits in Norway cost NOK 48,000 per citizen more than in Italy.

Norway still best place to live

Norway will top a 2005 United Nations ranking as the best country in which to live for the fifth year in a row, the head of the UN 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 September 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. 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.


At August 30, 2005 10:24 PM, Blogger Rick Darby said...

I'm sure Norway's world-class social benefits include a generous helping hand for immigrants. Norwegians had better hope this survey isn't widely reported in Sierra Leone.

At August 31, 2005 1:27 AM, Blogger PD111 said...


OT for this thread but I think this article in the DT is worth reading

This would not have been such a problem had the change not been so, well, wholesale. The demographic balance seemed to change in the blink of an eye, as the traditional Cockneys departed and the council flats of Tower Hamlets soon came to resemble the slums of Dhaka. Soon we were the only white family on our road. Street names were being translated into Bengali and the foundations for the East London Mosque were being built.


even worse, if Britain's ghettos are not tackled, they will produce even greater numbers of alienated Muslims, compensating for their alienation in the most fundamental and uncompromising way of all.

Read it all. Gangs, violence and non-integration.


At September 01, 2005 1:13 AM, Blogger PD111 said...

This is a good essay by Vaclav Klaus

The Intellectuals and Socialism: As Seen from a Post-Communist Country Situated in Predominantly Post-Democratic Europe

Illiberal ideas are becoming to be formulated, spread and preached under the name of ideologies or “isms”, which have – at least formally and nominally – nothing in common with the old-styled, explicit socialism. These ideas are, however, in many respects similar to it. There is always a limiting (or constraining) of human freedom, there is always ambitious social engineering, there is always an immodest “enforcement of a good” by those who are anointed (T. Sowell) on others against their will, there is always the crowding out of standard democratic methods by alternative political procedures, and there is always the feeling of superiority of intellectuals and of their ambitions.


A must read frankly.


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