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It’s good to be a woman in Norway

Or at least it’s not as bad as it is in other countries.

 

Norway (1) leads the world in closing the gender gap between men and women, according to the overall ranking in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2008.

The Report measures the size of the gender gap in four critical areas of inequality between men and women:
1) Economic participation and opportunity – outcomes on salaries, participation levels and access to high-skilled employment
2) Educational attainment – outcomes on access to basic and higher-level education
3) Political empowerment – outcomes on representation in decision-making structures
4) Health and survival – outcomes on life expectancy and sex ratio

According to the report, Norway has closed over 82% of the gender gap between men and women.  In other words, I still can be 18% thankful that I’m a man in Norway.

In regional news, Norway was once again able to stick it to its Nordic neighbors, as Finland, Sweden, and Iceland rounded out the top 4.  Denmark lagged behind in 7th.  At the other end of the spectrum, Yemen continued its aggressive affirmative action program for men.

My own country improved to 27th this year.  Thanks Sarah Palin!

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Happy day!

As I was walking past a Deli de Luca today, I noticed a sign out front that said, “Ben & Jerry’s: Endeldig i Norge,” which translates to “Ben & Jerry’s: Finally in Norway.”

Ice cream is my favorite dessert and Ben & Jerry’s is my favorite ice cream.  Needless to say, I darted in and picked up a pint of this guy:

They could have charged me 200 NOK and I wouldn’t have complained (actual price: 59 NOK).

It’s funny, just last week I was wondering about Ben & Jerry’s and I checked their website:

  • Sweden.  Check.
  • Denmark.  Check.
  • Finland.  Check.
  • Iceland.  Check.
  • Norway.  Nope.

I remember wondering if Norway some how lost the Nordic ice cream lottery.  I mean, Iceland?  Really?  Iceland doesn’t even have a fully paved interstate!

All is good now though…even if they don’t know how to name the flavor properly.