NORWAY IS a great place to live - it's safe, it's clean and everyone is precious about their spare time, so employers make sure nobody needs to work too hard.
With a population of only 4.5m in a country larger than Britain, we enjoy wide, open spaces and traffic is rarely a problem. The provision of essential services is good - healthcare is affordable and mainly run by the state sector. The same goes for education. There are hardly any private alternatives. There are good social security provisions and few fall outside the system.
Childcare, which is provided by the state, and maternity leave are among the best in Europe. Everyone has the right to eight months' maternity leave with full pay, or a full year with 80 per cent pay. Four weeks must be taken by the father, or the family loses that time altogether.
Some have complaints - taxes are high, as is the cost of food and drink. The …