Indeed the cost of living is exceptionally high. …

Comment posted Cameron on the back foot on independence referendum choices by Ourmaninoslo.

Indeed the cost of living is exceptionally high. It cost me 160 nok the other night for 8 litres of milk and a loaf of bread. In today’s exchange rates that about £18!!!!!

Healthcare child care and education for children is second to none, The Norwegian government run protectionist policies for it’s agricultural industries. Remember the butter shortage in Oslo at Christmas. In short high taxation allows the Norwegians to develop and maintain their oil fund. If an independent Scotland were to develop it’s own oil fund then the additional £1 billion per year saved would have to be raised in tax.

Incidentally alchol is exceptional highly priced that’s why Norwegians tend to have forspiel before they go outie get tanked up at home then go out and finish up. Public drunkenness is not that socially unacceptable in fact a saturady night in Oslo is not too different to a saturadays night in Aberdeen or Glasgow.

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  • I’ll be back in Helensburgh middle of March

    Recommend I did nothing of the sort though I must admit the close trade relations with china are a boon for Scottish seafood.

  • Incidentally just read this in the huffington post.

    I respect the SNP but if the first minister reacts to this ………….

    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/02/20/falkland-islands-argentina-scotland-referendum-salmond_n_1288448.html?ref=uk

  • Can you please reformat the text if this article. It’s one huge paragraph which does nothing to show case it’s contents.

    Thankyou

    Incidentally thought the FM was thrown onto the political back foot this week. Sandwiched between Donald trumps dislike of windmill, the devo max card and his inability to answer such basic questions as taxation, defence and the oil fund.

    Incidentally which Norway has achieved through some of the highest taxation levels in the world. Welcome to the democratic socialist world – £8 for a beer.

    I welcome informed comment.

Recent comments by Ourmaninoslo

  • Scotland’s economic future: the role of oil and gas
    so many armchair generals,

    excellent article newsroom. I do this for a career so i understand the delicate balance between investment and extraction and also the geopolitical influences which determine where and when substatial captial is invested.

    i lived in norway for 2 years, my 2 eldest chikdren speak norwegian, jeg snakker lit norsk. norway is no utopia. let me tell you the hard truth it is an exceptionally expensive contry to live in. in the uk we have a culture which is substatianlly different to that of the scandanvian countries.

    putting the alcohol prcing thing to one side ( which is incidentially down to doctors prescribing alchol as an antidespresan in the 1920 and 1930 in the region )

    norway has maintained its sovereign welath fund through taxation. i was taxed at 47.5% of my earnings. So where i worked 60-80 hours per week for some months at a time. 30-40 hours if that went to pay my tax bill. and before sime one says that its not possible to work that many hours in norway as the trade unions wouldnt allow it. as a manger you are not covered by such legislation.

    the cukture of the scandanvian countries is significantly differen to that of the uk. there is an excellent blog call My little Norway, which others have visited here, which gives an insight. norwegians are proudly insular and independant but dont expect any banter at the train station annaspect of scottish life which i love.

    in short i lovd working in norway ( as ourmaninoslo ) but i would nt wish to spend the rest if my life there. if the brave new world view is that scotland shoukd be become a new norway then i’ll not be coming back.

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    Unfortunately it’s not greed it about choice.

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    Do I work for a renewables company nope I work for one I the 4 largest global contractors in the oil industry.

    It’s about choice

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15 Responses to Indeed the cost of living is exceptionally high. …

  1. Can you please reformat the text if this article. It’s one huge paragraph which does nothing to show case it’s contents.

    Thankyou

    Incidentally thought the FM was thrown onto the political back foot this week. Sandwiched between Donald trumps dislike of windmill, the devo max card and his inability to answer such basic questions as taxation, defence and the oil fund.

    Incidentally which Norway has achieved through some of the highest taxation levels in the world. Welcome to the democratic socialist world – £8 for a beer.

    I welcome informed comment.

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    • If your man in Oslo is really there he cannot fail to be aware that although Norwegians live in a country with a very high cost of living they also enjoy a very high standard of living and, generally speaking, are content with their lot. The gap between rich and poor is far less extreme than in the UK and the standard of social and medical services is well in advance of anything that we may aspire to. Roads,ferries and other transport infrastructure-bridges and tunnels – is of a very high standard although they have much more severe weather patterns and terrain to contend with.They manage to protect their fishing and rural communities and have an adequate but not excessive defence budget.
      Alcohol is taxed highly as a social priority and drunkeness is rarely encountered.If the price of beer is really your priority perhaps you would not like it!

      Incidentally, with their careful management of their Oil Fund the Norwegians have a fair bit of money in the bank for rainy days as well.

      They certainly have fewer windfarms than neighbouring Sweden and Denmark but their hydro electric capacity is so well exploited that they are able to export most of their North Sea Gas to others, including the UK.

      The crucial factor is, however, that Norway – a small nation of around 5 million people on the edge of Europe is independent and recently celebrated 100 years of self determination.

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  2. “Can you please reformat the text if this article. It’s one huge paragraph which does nothing to show case it’s contents.

    Thank you”

    Seconded….

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  3. Basically it looks as if ,yet again,a Tory has tried that old jam tomorrow trick.

    It worked in 1979 but more fool us if we believe it now.

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  5. Indeed the cost of living is exceptionally high. It cost me 160 nok the other night for 8 litres of milk and a loaf of bread. In today’s exchange rates that about £18!!!!!

    Healthcare child care and education for children is second to none, The Norwegian government run protectionist policies for it’s agricultural industries. Remember the butter shortage in Oslo at Christmas. In short high taxation allows the Norwegians to develop and maintain their oil fund. If an independent Scotland were to develop it’s own oil fund then the additional £1 billion per year saved would have to be raised in tax.

    Incidentally alchol is exceptional highly priced that’s why Norwegians tend to have forspiel before they go outie get tanked up at home then go out and finish up. Public drunkenness is not that socially unacceptable in fact a saturady night in Oslo is not too different to a saturadays night in Aberdeen or Glasgow.

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    • I thought the Huff Post had pretentions to credibility? – and it has offers from Waitrose (dirt cheap by Nog standards) in pride of place, so – recommending this stuff to us – you’d better be careful if you venture anywhere near the centre of Helensburgh.

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  6. I’ll be back in Helensburgh middle of March

    Recommend I did nothing of the sort though I must admit the close trade relations with china are a boon for Scottish seafood.

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