Posts Tagged ‘Norway’

There’s Hope

October 27, 2009

When I read that McDonalds abandons Iceland, I thought that there’s still hope after the recent financial breakdown:

Iceland’s McDonald’s Corp. restaurants will be closed at the end of the month after the collapse of the krona eroded profits at the fast-food chain …

The story also states that Norway has the most expensive Big Macs:

The most expensive Big Macs are sold in Switzerland and Norway, where the burger costs about $5.75, according to the Economist 2009 BigMac index. The cheapest are sold in South Africa, $1.68, and China, $1.83, the index shows.

Hat-tip: Marginal Revolution


Well-Fed Norwegians

September 29, 2009

Reporting on the Norwegian election, the Economist has an amusing description of Norway and Bergen (my hometown) in particular:

Norwegians […] seem a largely content bunch. Why wouldn’t they? A stroll through Bergen, Norway’s second city, reveals handsome, well-fed citizens who work in designer offices or high-tech fishing vessels, relax in art galleries and theatres, and enjoy pristine scenery. Education is free and health care is heavily subsidised.

Responsible Fishing

March 10, 2009

A few days ago, I posted a graph of world fish production from The Economist website. Along with it, I quoted a comment from a reader suggesting that among others, Norwegians were to blame for irresponsible fishing activities. The reader may think of Norwegian trawlers, or trawlers owned by Norwegians for that matter, that fishes in foreign or international waters. While it may be (or most likely is) true that Norwegians fish irresponsibly elsewhere, Norway are at least at the top when it comes to the management of marine resources in domestic waters. The World Wildlife Fund, together with the University of British Columbia Fisheries Center, Canada, has recently issued a report that has evaluated the top 53 fishing nations in the world’s compliance with the United Nations’ Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries. There is room for considerable improvement, however, also in Norway.

Overall compliance with the Code is dismal: not one country out of the 53 achieves a “good” score of 70% or more. Only six countries (11%) have overall compliance scores whose confidence limits overlap 60% (Norway, USA, Canada, Australia, Iceland, Namibia). This means that, twelve years after the Code of Conduct was agreed, there is a great deal of room for improvement in compliance even among those countries at the top end of the rankings. At the lower end, the alarming finding is that 28 countries (53%) had ‘fail grades’ of less than 40% (Peru, Poland, India, Ghana, Taiwan, Latvia, Philippines, Brazil, Argentina, Morocco, Pakistan, Russia, Senegal, Ecuador, Indonesia, Iran, Thailand, Ukraine, Sri Lanka, Viet Nam, Turkey, Bangladesh, Egypt, Yemen, Nigeria, Angola, Myanmar, North Korea).

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