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Sunday, April 17, 2005

Another Scandinavian country revealed as a basket case

Norway has high incomes, but rundown public services and extraordinarily high living costs. The NY Times explains (free registration required, but its worth it).

In Oslo, library collections are woefully outdated, and public swimming pools are in desperate need of maintenance. News reports describe serious shortages of police officers and school supplies. When my mother-in-law went to an emergency room recently, the hospital was out of cough medicine. Drug addicts crowd downtown Oslo streets, as The Los Angeles Times recently reported, but applicants for methadone programs are put on a months-long waiting list.
Helen wants us to be just like Norway and that other Scandinavian basket case (now experiencing deflation), Sweden.

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 4/17/2005 01:41:00 pm