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Countries that might be OK to live in
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Daylight Saving time KILLS!
The word "addicted" is way overused
AA is a fraud
Why Marriage sucks
Civic duty and pride
How I make decisions
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The more I think about this, the more I realize I could never leave this country. I love this country more than anything and WILL NOT let the hate-mongering, religion pushing, evil "conservative" right wing bastards push me out. I will do what I can to make this country even better, and that includes getting rid of Bush and co.
I love my country and it hurts me to think of leaving. Particularly, being driven away by a bunch of right-wing hate mongers. (If you are not a hate monger, then that doesn't apply to you!) But, after the last election, I have considered some criteria that would be important to me if I ever needed to move to another country. Tolerance, freedom, civil liberties, good infrastructure, including Internet infrastructure, environment-friendly energy production, and a stable economy are all things I look for.
NorwayGood gay/lesbian rights according to ilga.org's norway page including same-sex partnership, and same age of consent (16)
"DVD-Jon" has been twice acquitted of data theft regarding the production of the software DeCSS. Then he was completely cleared of the charges (no prosecutorial appeal).
Economy is dependent on oil (it is the 3rd largest oil exporter world wide), but energy production is 99% hydro and there is a net import of 3 TWh each year.
Legislature is elected by proportional representation. The executive branch is a monarch, and the supreme court is appointed by the king
30 billion USD trade surplus
NOT a EU member
International telecommunications provided by 6 coaxial cables and domestic satellite system. Supposed to be "one of most advanced telecomm networks in Europe."
FinlandGood gay/lesbian rights according to ilga.org's finland page, including same age of consent (16) and which gives same-sex couples similar (but not exactly the same) rights compared to common law marriages, but no registered partnerships (ie same sex marriage)
Finland MAY restrict fair use according to Electronic Frontier Finland, though the Finnish Parliment listened to EFFI regarding internet censorship law and killed the EUCD temporarily
Legislature is elected by proportional representation. The executive branch is an elected president who appoints a prime minister from the majority party (in the legislature) and the president also appoints the supreme court
Energy production is 39% fossil fuel, 30% nuclear, 19% hydro, 12% other, with a 10 TWh net energy import
8 billion USD trade surplus
International telecommunications provided by 1 fiber cable? Must be serious. Domestic is microwave relay.
SwitzerlandModerate gay/lesbian rights according to ilga.org's Switzerland page, including some protections including same age of consent (16), but no same-sex marriages, no asylum rights, limited custody protection
The legislative branch is proportional representation, and it elects the judicial and executive branches itself.
Energy production in 59% hydro, 37% nuclear, and there is a 10 TWh net energy export each year
International telecommunications provided by satellite
SwedenModerate gay/lesbian rights according to ilga.org's Sweden page, including same age of consent (15) and protection from discrimination in the penal code regarding businesses , but no protection from discrimination in the constitution and no protection from individual discrimination (ie private lessors). The law recognizes "registered partners" (and marriages) and "domestic partners" (common-law marriage) for "heterosexual, homosexual, and bisexual couples," whatever the latter may mean. The registered partner law applies almost all rules associated with marriage including care, property, inheritance, tax, insurance, and legal purposes. There appears to be some significant illegal discrimination of homosexuals by neo-nazis, including several murders.
Legislature is elected by proportional representation. The executive branch is a monarch with a prime minister who is elected by the legislature, and the supreme court is appointed by the prime minister
Energy production is 51% hydro, 43% nuclear, with a 7 TWh net energy export
12 billion USD trade surplus
All prostitution is illegal
International telecommunications provided by 5 coaxial cables. Domestic is coaxial/mutliconductor.
NetherlandsExcellent gay/lesbian rights according to ilga's Netherlands page, including same age of consent (16), registered partners (for both homosexual and heterosexual couples), and "civil marriage". Very strong anti-discrimination laws. Good inheritance, pension, etc laws.
Bicameral legislature includes one house that is "indirectly" elected. Executive branch is monarch (queen currently) and a prime minister. Justices are nominated for life by the monarch.
EU member (founding member)
Energy production is 90% fossil fuel, 17 TWh net energy import
40 billion USD trade surplus
International telecommunications provided by 5 fiber cables. Domestic is fiber.
DenmarkExcellent gay/lesbian rights according to ilga's Denmark page, including same age of consent (15), and registered partnerships that include all the benefits of civil marriage except adoption and artificial insemination. Also recognizes registered partnerships from Norway, Sweden, and Iceland.
Legislature is proportional representation. Executive branch is headed by the monarch (currently a queen) who appoints the Prime Minister, as well as the supreme court justices.
EU member, but does not recognize parts of the Maastricht Treaty, including Economic/Monitary Union and justice/home affairs.
Energy production is 83% fossil fuel, and 17% "other", with a 0.6 TWh yearly net energy export.
8 billion USD trade surplus
International telecommunications provided by 18 fiber cables