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Ditus 1 year ago
Tax rate in Norway is 46%, so much for "free" stuff.
       
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Sinah 1 year ago
It's not 46% (although if you make a lot more than average in some cases it may be). However, as a Norwegian you'll never see a hospital bill. Doesn't matter if it is the birth of you child, a broken arm or open heart surgery. We're covered and don't need to worry about it. Tuition, what's that? Our education is free as well. Now, THAT is freedom.
       
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Steph 1 year ago
Sinah,

True, but you might have to wait for 6 months to get the heart surgery.... or a year or so if your back is messed up...
As a Norwegian working for a Norwegian company, the company have started buying private health insurance for all of us.... so we can get quicker treatments and get back to work.
We have a good, not perfect system.

income tax defenitly not 46%, but then you ad VAT of 12 or 24% on everything we buy, extra for luxury like cars, enviromental taxes on gass and we get up there.
       
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Jorge 1 year ago
Ditus: Its is not. Im Norwegian. The tax is linked to how much you earn, and how much dept you have. I currently pay around 28-30%. And I pay it gladly!!
       
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Claes 1 year ago
#7. Fluffy towels??? Aw, that's sweet. Let's send all 2.3 million US prisoners to Norway and see how their fluffy towel system actually works.

We can take all their strippers in exchange.

(Historical footnote: in the late 1970's President Jimmy Carter lectured Fidel Castro on human rights and immigration. Made a huge deal about it. So Castro opened his prisons and sent the worst of the worst to Florida. Thousands of murderers, drug dealers, and rapists were absorbed into our population without vetting. It's not mentioned in history books now, but it happened.)
       
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Erwin 1 year ago
Claes,
USA never heard of REHABILITATION? Of turning people to become a valued citizen of the country? No... All they've heard is punishment, guns, more agression, and gangs. Your way... enjoy.
       
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Sigismund 1 year ago
I've always wanted to visit Norway and see the fjords. What a beautiful country!
       
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Ced 1 year ago
Sigismund, Fjords? Never. I'm a Chevy man, myself! heh heh

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Mickey 1 year ago
Socialized medicine, Just don't get sick over 60, your not worth care after that.
       
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Appie 1 year ago
Mickey,

Good point, except you're wrong.
       
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Mahala 1 year ago
Mickey, I live in a country with socialised medicine. My 93 year old father was aggressively treated for lung/brain/skin/prostate cancer over a period of 10 years up to his death recently.
       
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Jule 1 year ago
Mickey, age doesn't matter. You get free health service your whole life. My mother got a new hip at the age of 78.
       
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Lewis 1 year ago
Norway is truly an fantastic country in many ways. As born in Sweden with a Swedish father and an Norwegian mother, I wish that Sweden could be more like Norway.
       
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Adaline 1 year ago
All the US peepz trying to think of something "wrong" with other countries just to make themselves feel better.
       
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Nickname 1 year ago
Any black people in Norway?
       
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Steph 1 year ago
Nickname,

Yes there are people of color in Norway.
But most of them got here after 1965, so I have worked with people telling me stories about the first time they met a person of color.
       
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Elenor 1 year ago
As an American - Hell yeah, good for them! Ignore those negative remarks.
We could learn a lot. Just because we are huge in size doesn't mean we are the best at everything, and the way to be best is look at all the different examples in the world and see what works. Being a huge country makes it more difficult to do most things efficiently.
And as a Texas. :-) I'll take crazy
       
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Lemuel 1 year ago
Love the idea of slow tv shows and the Texas thing ha ha. In Texas they make fun of Californians. Everybody loves to have a dog to kick.
       
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Trisha 1 year ago
Lemuel,

It's not to make fun of today's Texans, it's more like a reference to the wild west.
I.e. one could just as easy use the term "It was like the wild west" to describe a situation like a bar brawl or any similar chaotic event.
       
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When someone publishes a new book in Norway and it passes quality control, Arts Council Norway buys 1000 copies of it to distribute to libraries, or 1550 copies if it’s a children’s book. The idea is that it keeps many publishers alive and supports writers while they're still working on building their careers. In addition to this, books are also exempted from Norway’s value-added tax.

 

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