On the heels of the great victory over Germany (in a friendly), Norway promptly lost at South Africa (2-1) and came from behind to beat Finland at home (3-2).
Although the FIFA rankings aren’t the most accurate system ever conceived, they do give a rough idea of the quality of teams.
- Germany: 2nd
- Norway: 45th
- Finland: 57th
- South Africa: 72nd
If Norway hopes to qualify for the World Cup, it’s going to have to have a lot better results against teams worse than it. I’m not sure these last two results are that good an omen.
In surprising soccer related news (via my favorite soccer blogger):
*According to FIFA, the country that has requested the most World Cup tickets (other than host South Africa) is the United States. Go figure. Britain is third, followed by Germany, Italy and Australia.
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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…Martti Ahtisaari, former President of Finland.
“The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2008 to Martti Ahtisaari for his important efforts, on several continents and over more than three decades, to resolve international conflicts. These efforts have contributed to a more peaceful world and to ‘fraternity between nations’ in Alfred Nobel’s spirit,” the committee said in announcing the prize.
Well, I figured I would guess wrong, but it seems like Ahtisaari is a good choice. Here’s a token Finnish flag in his honor:
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.