Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Norway Way: Frugality

Consider a small oil-rich oil-exporting country. The UAE. Or Norway.

The New York Times reports on how Norway has weathered the global recession and the downturn in oil prices:
With a quirky contrariness as deeply etched in the national character as the fjords carved into its rugged landscape, Norway has thrived by going its own way. When others splurged, it saved. When others sought to limit the role of government, Norway strengthened its cradle-to-grave welfare state.

And in the midst of the worst global downturn since the Depression, Norway’s economy grew last year by just under 3 percent. The government enjoys a budget surplus of 11 percent and its ledger is entirely free of debt.
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Instead of spending its riches lavishly, it passed legislation ensuring that oil revenue went straight into its sovereign wealth fund, state money that is used to make investments around the world. Now its sovereign wealth fund is close to being the largest in the world, despite losing 23 percent last year because of investments that declined.
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Unlike Dublin or Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where work has stopped on half-built skyscrapers and stilled cranes dot the skylines, Oslo retains a feeling of modesty reminiscent of a fishing village rather than a Western capital, with the recently opened $800 million Opera House one of the few signs of opulence.
Notice in that last paragraph -- that was "Dublin", not "Dubai."

Read it all.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Generic Viagra said...

all the countries in the world are looking for better solutions for this crisis, and more the ones that don't have a good oil reserves.

7:09 PM  

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