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Send Nats to Scandinavia

Written By: - Date published: 7:40 am, October 26th, 2009 - 13 comments
Categories: climate change, International, national - Tags: ,

Want to send some Nats to Scandinavia? Me too! The one above should be self explanatory. Support Sign On and send John on his way.

But while we’re at it let’s send Steven Joyce to Finland! He’s making such a mess of National’s broadband plans. He clearly needs to learn a thing or two about broadband rollout from the Finns:

Finland makes 1Mb broadband access a legal right

Finland’s Ministry of Transport and Communications has made 1-megabit broadband Web access a legal right, YLE, the country’s national broadcasting company, reported on Wednesday. According to the report, every person in Finland (a little over 5 million people, according to a 2009 estimate) will have the right of access to a 1Mb broadband connection starting in July. And they may ultimately gain the right to a 100Mb broadband connection. Just more than a year ago, Finland said it would make a 100Mb broadband connection a legal right by the end of 2015. Wednesday’s announcement is considered an intermediate step.

So once again we see a successful, high tax, welfare friendly, social democratic / “socialist” government showing our free market titans (that’s Titans with a very small “t”) how it’s done

13 comments on “Send Nats to Scandinavia ”

  1. portia 1

    Can we leave them there?

  2. Roberto Smithsky 2

    According to the CIA factbook Finland has a GDP per capita approx. 40% higher than NZ so can afford to spend more; you knob jockies.

    FINLAND:

    GDP – per capita (PPP):
    $36,900 (2008 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 31
    $36,600 (2007 est.)
    $35,200 (2006 est.)
    note: data are in 2008 US dollars

    GDP – composition by sector:
    agriculture: 2.8%
    industry: 32.4%
    services: 64.9% (2008 est.)

    Labor force:
    2.703 million (2008 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 106

    NEW ZEALAND:

    GDP – per capita (PPP):
    $28,000 (2008 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 50
    $28,200 (2007 est.)
    $27,600 (2006 est.)
    note: data are in 2008 US dollars

    GDP – composition by sector:
    agriculture: 4.4%
    industry: 25.7%
    services: 69.9% (2008 est.)

    Labor force:
    2.25 million (2008 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 114

    • Draco T Bastard 2.1

      We could afford to do more if we didn’t have competing firms trying to maximise profit.

    • George D 2.2

      You might actually like to do some research before you start calling others “knob jockies”.

      All of these countries put in place their high tax rates and welfare states well before they became rich. Correlation is not necessarily indicative of causation, but there is a very strong correlation between putting up taxes and becoming rich.

  3. r0b 3

    Doug, JD, please don’t threadjack. Moved your comments to Open mike.

  4. roger nome 4

    Only if Jhonkey offsets the carbon emissions by planting his Hawaiian beachfront property out in trees ….

  5. How about we stop the fundraising half way and hope he does not notice?

  6. Jim McDonald 6

    Sorry, he can’t go
    Need to be at home cos lots to do working on secret Plan to increase growth & productivity with The Cycleway

  7. Zaphod Beeblebrox 7

    I think he’s more sold on the Iceland (or was it the Irish) model. Wasn’t that the plan to create a giant investment bubble in NZ.

  8. Nick C 8

    Obama isnt going.

    He commented that it isnt a ‘Head of State’ type confrence.

  9. Zaphod Beeblebrox 9

    He could do a lot worse than talking to President Lula of Brazil. Unlike NZ they ARE concerned about the declining competitiveness of their Manufacturing and Tourism industries as a result of a skyrocketing currency and have slapped a 2% tax on capital inflows.

    Meanwhile our exporters get hammered, speculative money flows in, a real estate and share bubble reforms and we will all be soon facing higher interest rates. Its only a matter of time before all this reverses leaving us in crisis AGAIN.

    Key and English’s solution huh?? There’s nothing we can do.

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