Today’s post is about a place I would live, but have never actually visited. I knew straight away which place I would pick, but I wanted to do a little research before I started writing, so I knew my facts were right; I was not disappointed.
So why would I choose Norway? Well… did, did you see the photo above? It’s bloody gorgeous! Acres and acres of unspoiled landscape, clear blue skies, Northern Lights, mountains, lakes, log cabins, proper snow! The whole idea just pleases me no end.
Of course, there’s the practicalities of actually living in another country. Well, I’m awful at foreign languages, so the majority of English speaking people in any Scandinavian country is a huge bonus. For Norway specifically, it has great schools, a youth parliament, excellent charitable work, incredibly low level of unemployment, and in 2014 it was ranked the world’s number one for a happy, healthy and prosperous population.
Yes, I concede that them having considerably higher taxes than any other country is a bit of an issue, as is the fact that they have the world’s highest gas prices. But that’s the pay off for every other aspect of life being so good there. Think about it – defined seasons, excellent infrastructure, education, jobs, beautiful little cabins in the mountains – who wouldn’t pay through the nose for those things? Happy, healthy, well fed and clothed families going about their daily lives in this beautifully wild part of the world. It sounds like heaven.
Norway is very near the top of my bucket list of places to visit – maybe one day I’ll manage to get there. Chef dislikes the idea of being cold all the time though, so maybe to help persuade him I should buy him a nice thick sweater. Images like this should help my case too.