Ålesund ©2012 Am Ang Zhang
Disaster: in 1904 fire destroyed most of Ålesund.
It was rebuilt in Art Nouveau style and is arguably the most beautiful city in
Democracy: Voted against joining EU in 1972 and 1994.
Unemployment is at 3.25 per cent, while GDP is growing at 2.75 per cent per year – as it has on average over the last 40 years.
It also regularly tops the UN's survey of quality of life, with a generous welfare system – women receive 46 weeks maternity leave at full salary, compared to
six weeks on 90 per cent – and free education (incl. universities) is
provided for all. Britain
The country funds this through its huge reserves of oil, timber and fish which it manages prudently, stashing away large percentages of its oil revenues to fund the future healthcare needs of an ageing population.
BBC 21 July 2012
Memorial services will be held across
this weekend for the 77 people killed in twin attacks by Anders Breivik a year
A car-bomb in
Oslo killed nine people, while
Breivik shot 69 people dead at a political youth camp on the . island of Utoeya
handling of the massacre and its aftermath has been very different from other
countries facing the threat of terrorism……. Norway