posted on Dec, 30 2012 @ 05:53 AM
reply to post by LarryLove
I'm Norwegian but raised abroad. I'm now living in Norway and have for quite a few years. Everyone here claims that "Norway is the best". And
in many regards, Norway is a pretty safe and nice place to live. However, many people don't realize that everything, and I mean EVERYTHING is very
expensive here. If you work, it's not really a problem. But people who live on a fixed income (like the disabled or the elderly) have a serious
money problem and often cannot afford to heat their homes during the winter months. (And it get's quite chilly here!)
Often the elderly suffer the most. It's not uncommon for the elderly to actually end up freezing to death in their own homes because they don't
dare to turn the heat up. And it's something that not only irritates the living crap out of me, but also amazes me that the government here can't
afford to give some sort of "winter raise" towards fixed income homes so they can afford reasonable heating.
I mean, Norway spends so much money on immigrations. It costs Norway seven million kroner each year to send an immigrant child to school here. The
government charges up the wazoo when it comes to various taxes. Like "Vei avgiften". (Road tax) Something you have to pay each year. And yet, we
can't spare some coins for our own to keep warm during the winter. Instead, we allow them to freeze to death.