While I don’t have a ton of disposable income, for those that do and love music, the by:Larm festival/conference is fantastic. You get to see tons of Nordic bands over 3 days at fairly reasonable prices. It’s a great way to hear lots of new music and support bands trying to make it.
I’ll be doing my part by attending a show by the aforementioned My Little Pony. If their sound in the studio translates even decently well to the stage then it’ll be a great show.
Here’s a video from them:
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!
Posted in rankings
Tagged affirmative action, denmark, finland, gender, iceland, nordic, sarahpalin, sweden, US, women, world economic forum, Yemen
So says the Legatum Prosperity Index. “The what?” you ask.
The purpose of the Prosperity Index is to encourage policymakers, scholars, the media, and the interested public to take a holistic view of prosperity and understand how it is created. Holistic prosperity extends beyond just material wealth, and includes factors such as social capital, health, equality of opportunity, the environment, effective governance, human rights and liberties, and overall quality of life.
Certainly a rather admirable goal. So why is Norway 14th? Don’t they know the Nordic countries are supposed to dominate on these type rankings?
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.
Don’t believe me? According to some smart guys with PhD’s who probably did a lot of research on the matter, Norway ranks #3 in a list of the world’s “greenest, most livable places.” Take that, Sweden!
The top country without a Nordic Cross flag is Austria at #5.
In the city rankings, Oslo checked in at #2 (behind Stockholm).