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Norwegian here, it seems like many don’t believe/know about these issues so I’m going to share what I know from living here all my life. Please excuse my formatting as I’m on mobile.
Free birth control: Some comments claim that this is un true, but it isn’t. However, it’s not straightforward. Condoms (maybe low quality) can be ordered online for free and sent to your doorstep at, I believe, norgeskondom.no (Norway’s condom). Many schools also have free condoms for the students. Girls can also get free birth control when they’re under 18 to prevent teen pregnancies.
Parental leave and vacation time: As far as I know OP is correct.
Free college/university: The Norwegian education system is maybe the best thing Norway has ever created. Not only is is there no tuition there’s also something called the student loan. This loan, which is about 10k NOK a month, is meant to cover all the basic needs a student has. Further more the interest rate is so low that people in their fifty’s pay off the house mortgage before the student loan. Also the interest rate is zero until your studies are over and if you complete your degree about 40% of the loan is deleted. This is why Norway’s population is so highly educated.
Why don’t people move here? Well, the immigration laws are very strict. It is possible to get a work visa, but why hire a foreigner when most Norwegians are fit for high education jobs? Last, but not least, the taxes are (to all but Norwegians) extremely high for both rich and poor.
This comment got really long so if you got any questions just ask
As a European, I would like to ask my fellow Europeans (and everyone else who reads this), please do not think it is suddenly okay to "retaliate" against Donald Trump's rhetoric by calling America a "shithole" in response. America is a lot more than Donald Trump. There are around 350 million people living there, and all but one of them are not Donald J. Trump. Making blanket insults against all of these people just because Trump did it to a couple other nations is still bad form and a bad idea.
I can’t understand why someone named u/USAsucksEUrules would post this, norway isn’t in the EU
Serious question, if all that is true, what's the downside? Why aren't their borders packed with people trying to get in?
What the fuck, I don't have paid vacation in norway!
Ah, yes. I’m sure /u/USAsucksEUrules will make an objective, unbiased comparison /s
Actually in Norway it’s incredibly hard to find a job as many companies hire people their whole lives as it’s hard to fire someone, it’s also extremely expensive ($2k+) to do basic quality of life things such as driving. There’s an insane amount of paperwork in order to immigrate there too, much more strict than US. All your needs are cheap, but anything you’re going to want is expensive. Beer is super expensive and it’s always cold and rainy. Some things to consider
Call the US a Shithole and you are progressive and humorous. Call countries that cannot offer basic food, water & shelter Shitholes and you're a huge racist.
•Not necessarily that funny
•not even true for many of these
•gets ~~4.5k upvotes~~ 18.9k upvotes
What am I even posting?