Ken Larsen's website - Comparison of politics in Norway to the U.S.
This is a few differences between Norway and the U.S. with regard to how politics is handled. Norway has 5 million residents, and approximately 60,000 babies are born each year. Norway consists of 19 counties.
|Political advertising||TV and print ads are allowed||
radio advertising is not permitted.
Politicians in Norway never do personal campaigning.
It is the parties that do the
The largest Labor
Organization LO) gives money to Labor Party and parties that are in
What makes it easy to control is the fact that parties covering 99% of the voters support our “Welfare State”. In fact, no one questioned “The Welfare State”, so the political differences are in reality small.
|# of parties||2||
In local election even foreigners that have lived in the country for 5
years, can vote.
is quite easy to
|Political districts||A party in charge often uses "gerrymandering" to draw districts to increase the likelihood that they remain in power.||Has 19 counties, and 432 communities. The island of Utsira is the smallest community with just 218 residents. The largest county is Oslo with 650,000 resident. The smallest is Finnmark with 75,000.|
|Eligibility||Picture id needed||
At birth, a
Norwegian gets an 11 digit number which is akin to the U.S.'s social
Foreigners have to acquire one of these numbers if they wish to work in
When you are past
have to have a citizenship card
to vote at Parliament election.
You have to have a citizenship card to vote at Parliament election.
|Voter turnout||Pathetically low. In the 2015 local election in my town of Chapel Hill, only 14% of registered voters bothered to vote. Such apathy makes it easy for special interests to control who gets elected.||Impressively high ... at least 55% in local elections and occasionally 80% or more in national elections. Norwegians should be proud.|
|Taxes||Historically, the U.S. has been like Norway currently is. However, Republicans are pressing for a "flat rate" tax where everyone's income is taxed at exactly the same percentage.||
Tax are highly dependent on income. If you earn a lot, you may pay as much as 80% of your income in tax. A senior citizen might pay 30% of his income in tax.
|Education||Free until a child graduates from high school.||
education until university level are free.
Every child can attend kinder garden at a very low rate.
You only pay for books and your housing.
Norway has a special bank for education
that give loans to university students at
Norway has a special bank for education that give loans to university students at
|Healthcare||You must pay for health insurance; otherwise, you don't have it.||
Health care is free except for tooth care.
People at work keep their income for two years if they get sick.
they are unable to get back to work,
the last 25 years has caused
The U.S. removed
Taliban in Afghanistan,
Immigration of people from Syria, Asia, and Africa is Europe's biggest
current political problem. One million people migrated to Europe in
2015. Of those, 30,000 went to Norway which was triple their
normal rate. These immigrants are causing social upheaval, because
they don't speak Norwegian, and they become a social burden for years.
The Progressive Party, now in the ruling government, has for 30 years
tried to reduce immigration.
There are a lot of guns among
Norwegians. To get a shot gun you have
To get a pistol you have to be member in a sports organization that competes in pistol shooting.
The serious problem
are guns owned by criminals. Until now
the police in Norway has been unarmed.
Organizations want to be armed, but so far the
Parliament has said NO. I hope
I prefer Norway's multiplicity of parties. The U.S.'s two party system makes it too easy for one party to obstruct the other ... as the Republicans have done during Obama's eight years of presidency. Virtually nothing got done.
I prefer Norway's system for political advertising. In the U.S. campaigning for the presidency begins way too early ... as much as two years prior to an election. Also, the cost in the U.S. is horrendous. Only the extremely wealthy can afford to run.
The U.S. has become an oligarchy. That's where the wealthy control all of politics. The poor people vote in very low numbers and are extremely gullible to the heavy advertising of the wealthiest candidates.
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