Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Norwegians have confidence in the United Nations

Norwegians have confidence in the United Nations

No other country in Europe has more confidence in the United Nations (UN) than Norway. More than 78 percent of Norwegians polled say they continue to think highly of the UN, compared to just 44 percent of Europeans in general. Norway, which is active in attempting to broker peace in trouble spots around the world, also has supplied several top UN envoys, from Terje Rød-Larsen to Jan Egeland. That may have contributed to the large amount of Norwegians who responded positively to the European Social Survey, which quesioned 40,000 people in 20 countries about their views on the UN. Fully 78.2 percent of the Norwegians questioned said they have confidence in the UN, and Norway also gives more money to the UN on a per capita basis than any other country in the world.

Storm cuts off thousands

An estimated 10,000 Norwegians were left isolated in mountain towns and villages on Tuesday, after a severe storm set off landslides that blocked roads and tunnels. Emergency crews were working around the clock to restore access. "It's almost incredible that this can happen all over the county at the same time," said operations leader Per Rimmen of the Sogn og Fjordane Police District. His county was among the hardest hit by the storm known as "Loke," that also left one man dead in Bergen. He was caught inside a house under construction that was buried by a landslide. At least 35 roads were closed, many of which provide the only ways in and out of mountain towns. Landslides continued until Monday evening, but then the storm started to weaken as it moved southeast. Enormous clean-up challenges loomed all over western Norway after the storm caused flooding and sent mud, rocks and trees cascading through homes and businesses. The train line between Oslo and Bergen also remained closed on Tuesday.


At November 15, 2005 11:51 AM, Blogger Imperial Knights of Bacchus said...

Most of the UN consists of corrupt nations, dictatorships and Islamic states, and the Chinese communist party has veto power in the Security Council… Screw them!

At November 15, 2005 1:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most protestants know the U.N. is the antichrist.

At November 15, 2005 2:19 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

The antichrist? Nah, it's not that important.

At November 15, 2005 4:01 PM, Blogger Toman Valda said...

I thought the EU was the Antichrist... *Me confused...

No, on a more serious note, it is actually quite disturbing that Norwegians are so into the UN, that anything the UN might do or say is legitimate and right and good, by default. Since we are just kids, we are told that the UN has prevented war (and which war is that???), and is THE good force in the world, where everybody gets a say in things (except every ordinary citizen in the dictatorships, who are in effect a powerful force within the UN).

We are indoctrinated from childhood on, and as grown-ups we maintain this blind indiscriminate fait in an organization best described by the first speaker above.

I also wrote a small post on this on my own blog (in Norwegian). Feel free to comment on it.

At November 15, 2005 4:41 PM, Blogger sissyblue said...

I went to the link and thought this article was interesting: Monarchy losing support
Nearly 85 percent of voters in the Oslo area were in favour of restoring the monarchy when the country emerged as a sovereign nation 100 years ago this week. That support now has fallen by nearly half, according to a new public opinion poll.

Could it be your muslims and communists who are against the monarchy?

Personally I could care less about Monarchs, but I think it might save England in the long run. I've heard the House of Lords need the approval of the Monarch, so they have a little protection from the growing Muslim influence.

At November 15, 2005 5:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can a country with such smart people be so dumb? Does it have anything to do with the award the UN likes to give Norway for the highest quality of living in the world?* If so, a little flattery goes a long way....

**UN: Nordic Countries Best Place to Live in the World

At November 15, 2005 6:33 PM, Blogger Don Miguel said...

Well, when the Swiss joined the UN you knew the end of days was near.


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