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The World's Most Peaceful Countries-- 2011.

SpringcurlSpringcurl Posts: 8,002Registered Users
Would you live in any of the top 10?

1.) Iceland
2.) New Zealand
3.) Japan
4.) Denmark
5.) Czech Republic
6.) Austria
7.) Finland
8.) Canada
9.) Norway
10.) Slovenia


I'd live in New Zealand or Canada. Why do some of these countries have to be so dang cold???

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  • OBBOBB Posts: 4,174Registered Users
    1) New Zealand - such a beautiful country
    2) Canada - good beer and i can practive my French
    3) Japan - love to live here but its more expensive than US and their racist attitude towards other asians are well known

    all others i am indifferent. as for Iceland isnt this place people get sent to as punishment?
  • curlypearlcurlypearl Posts: 11,970Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Very interesting that most of them have such cold climates. Maybe encourages cool heads.
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  • curlylauracurlylaura Posts: 8,352Registered Users
    With the exception of Japan, don't most of those countries have relatively small populations? I wonder if population size has anything to do with it?

    I'd live in New Zealand. Beautiful country. In fact I think given the chance I'd live in anyone of them.
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  • AmnerisAmneris Posts: 15,117Registered Users
    Springcurl wrote: »
    Would you live in any of the top 10?

    1.) Iceland
    2.) New Zealand
    3.) Japan
    4.) Denmark
    5.) Czech Republic
    6.) Austria
    7.) Finland
    8.) Canada
    9.) Norway
    10.) Slovenia


    I'd live in New Zealand or Canada. Why do some of these countries have to be so dang cold???

    Rankings & Results « Vision of Humanity

    I do live in Canada (question: how the hell do they determine this, because Canada's treatment of aboriginal people and African-Canadians isn't too "peaceful") and I like it here OK. I'd live in Austria (beautiful country: but not such a peaceful history - and what about Japan which still hasn't admitted to its WWII atrocities? no interest in living there) and MAYBE would live in NZ and would love to visit Scandinavia and Slovenia for the natural beauty, but not live there. Could possibly live in Prague.
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  • afrosheenqueenafrosheenqueen Posts: 5,400Registered Users
    Definitely New Zealand and possibly Iceland.
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  • OBBOBB Posts: 4,174Registered Users
    OBB wrote: »
    1) New Zealand - such a beautiful country
    2) Canada - good beer and i can practive my French
    3) Japan - love to live here but its more expensive than US and their racist attitude towards other asians are well known

    all others i am indifferent. as for Iceland isnt this place people get sent to as punishment?


    me think i should work on my english first :confused1:

    nothing personal against you Springcurl but and im giving this thread 1 star because it doesnt include VN :tongue: not only that but they have a rollerderby league
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  • SCGSCG Posts: 5,416Registered Users
    I think I could live in any of those countries, except for Iceland. Based on the Anthony Bourdain episode I watched, I don't think I'd like it much. ;) But I've heard great things about pretty much all of the other countries!

    ETA: Actually, I'm not sure if I could live in Japan. I'd like to visit, but that's about it. I know not everywhere is like that, but it seems very crowded and too... Flashy for me.

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  • ninja dogninja dog Posts: 23,780Registered Users
    New Zealand.

    Gekko already rules Iceland. If you move there, be prepared to play by her rules.

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  • EilonwyEilonwy Posts: 12,389Registered Users
    Amneris wrote: »
    I'd live in Austria (beautiful country: but not such a peaceful history)
    The Austrians I've known hate their home country because of the number of neo-Nazis there :dontknow:
  • kaybkayb Posts: 5,054Registered Users
    Give me allllllll of Scandinavia. Which would be a ***** because I hate the cold, fine, for a year or two.

    I already know I have a three year limit with Japan. A crime rate is only one facet to consider when looking a country. As OBB pointed out, they can be racist, not only to other foreigners but amongst themselves. That argument might not make sense but when you look at native Japanese groups who historically worked as artisans, these people are stigmatised even now and still can't get jobs in certain sectors. Even Korean and Chinese who are 6th generation Japanese citizens are not considered Japanese.

    I'm also going to have to consider what each country defines as crime. Cause Japan tends to have a very loose definition of "crime."
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  • moodydovemoodydove Posts: 1,721Registered Users
    Oh wow, I'd love to visit any one of those places. Particularly Denmark and Norway.
    I intend to go to Norway- love the language and think it makes a lot of sense. Which is a terrible reason to live somewhere, but oh well. I'd go there and sing the works of Edvard Grieg
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  • EilonwyEilonwy Posts: 12,389Registered Users
    kayb wrote: »
    I'm also going to have to consider what each country defines as crime. Cause Japan tends to have a very loose definition of "crime."
    Doesn't Japan have a 99% conviction rate?
  • NetGNetG Posts: 8,116Registered Users
    If finances were right as well as care for my animals, I'd move just about anywhere I could go for a couple years if working w/ the right dressage rider.

    That being hard to find, Canada's the most likely of the options! Maybe Czech Republic and commute in to Germany - and one of my childhood best friends lives in the Czech Republic, too.
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  • kaybkayb Posts: 5,054Registered Users
    Eilonwy wrote: »
    kayb wrote: »
    I'm also going to have to consider what each country defines as crime. Cause Japan tends to have a very loose definition of "crime."
    Doesn't Japan have a 99% conviction rate?

    Depends on what you call crime. Domestic Violence wasn't recoginsed as crime until the 1990's.

    There are also problems with forced confessions. Granted, it's not a recent article, but old habits die hard. Which is something they have actually discussed with us when we started the programme. In Japan, you are guilty until proven innocent.

    Their views on child abuse are also very lax- for lack of a better word.
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  • kaybkayb Posts: 5,054Registered Users
    Does it amuse me that Cuba is higher on the list than the U.S? Yes, yes it does. :glasses11:
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  • EilonwyEilonwy Posts: 12,389Registered Users
    kayb wrote: »
    Depends on what you call crime. Domestic Violence wasn't recoginsed as crime until the 1990's.

    There are also problems with forced confessions. Granted, it's not a recent article, but old habits die hard. Which is something they have actually discussed with us when we started the programme. In Japan, you are guilty until proven innocent.

    Their views on child abuse are also very lax- for lack of a better word.
    Yeah, that's the kind of stuff that I mean. A conviction rate of 99% implies heavily flawed judicial system.
  • kaybkayb Posts: 5,054Registered Users
    Ahhh!

    Ok :) My bad.

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  • subbrocksubbrock Posts: 8,212Registered Users
    New Zealand! And Canada. I would like to visit Slovenia; my SO's family had roots there and Majerle is a Slovenian name.

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  • sleepymekosleepymeko Posts: 1,002Registered Users
    Scandinavia is always up there, LOL. My dream countries... :crybaby: one day Stavanger, you and me.
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  • rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,494Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    Springcurl wrote: »
    Why do some of these countries have to be so dang cold???

    well, we ARE cold up here in The Great White North - at least some of the year!

    :lol:

    however, where i am, we get hot and steamy in the summer - like yesterday.

    as for the others...

    1.) Iceland - volcanoes and earthquakes
    2.) New Zealand - earthquakes
    3.) Japan - volcanoes and earthquakes
    4.) Denmark - okay
    5.) Czech Republic - yes, thank you
    6.) Austria - yes, thank you
    7.) Finland - brrrr......
    8.) Canada - my home and native land!
    9.) Norway - brrrrr......
    10.) Slovenia - yes, thank you!

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  • KikapooKikapoo Posts: 1,087Registered Users
    kayb wrote: »
    Give me allllllll of Scandinavia. Which would be a ***** because I hate the cold, fine, for a year or two.

    I already know I have a three year limit with Japan. A crime rate is only one facet to consider when looking a country. As OBB pointed out, they can be racist, not only to other foreigners but amongst themselves. That argument might not make sense but when you look at native Japanese groups who historically worked as artisans, these people are stigmatised even now and still can't get jobs in certain sectors. Even Korean and Chinese who are 6th generation Japanese citizens are not considered Japanese.

    I'm also going to have to consider what each country defines as crime. Cause Japan tends to have a very loose definition of "crime."

    I was watching "Freakonomics" (the movie version) the other day, and they mentioned that the Tokyo police force classifies crimes in such a way as to increase their percentage of solved crimes. For example, if there's a murder and they already know who did it (or have a solid suspect), they'll classify it as a homicide. If they don't have a suspect, they classify it as an "abandoned body." Convenient, eh?
  • kaybkayb Posts: 5,054Registered Users
    ^

    Interesting, I didn't know that. I'll have to look into that. That movie is currently in cinemas here.
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  • SpringcurlSpringcurl Posts: 8,002Registered Users
    OBB wrote: »
    OBB wrote: »
    1) New Zealand - such a beautiful country
    2) Canada - good beer and i can practive my French
    3) Japan - love to live here but its more expensive than US and their racist attitude towards other asians are well known

    all others i am indifferent. as for Iceland isnt this place people get sent to as punishment?


    me think i should work on my english first :confused1:

    nothing personal against you Springcurl but and im giving this thread 1 star because it doesnt include VN :tongue: not only that but they have a rollerderby league
    1133430.jpg


    What the hell are they doing on rollerblades???? Get those girls some quads!:happy8:
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  • The New BlackThe New Black Posts: 16,738Registered Users
    I could live in Iceland, minus that volcano.
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  • afrosheenqueenafrosheenqueen Posts: 5,400Registered Users
    Phoenix wrote: »
    I could live in Iceland, minus that volcano.

    I was surprised that the winters are pretty mild for that latitude. It's because of the Gulf Stream.
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  • The New BlackThe New Black Posts: 16,738Registered Users
    Yeah, I read somewhere that Iceland is surprisingly warm and Greenland is rather cold. Most people assume the reverse is true, based on the countries' names.
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  • ninja dogninja dog Posts: 23,780Registered Users
    That was done deliberately by Vikings, to mislead other explorers.
    I changed my mind about New Zealand. I just heard that croupiers at casinos have to wear flea collars, since the infestations are so bad there.

    Guess it's back to hoeing a tough row for Gekko. (She doesn't give us many perks, btw. Just saying.)
  • NejNej Posts: 2,444Registered Users
    Phoenix wrote: »
    Yeah, I read somewhere that Iceland is surprisingly warm and Greenland is rather cold. Most people assume the reverse is true, based on the countries' names.


    I'm pretty sure this is a quote from Mighty Ducks .... :toothy4:
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  • MysticSpiralMysticSpiral Posts: 1,024Registered Users
    Oh I'd go to Czech Republic in an instant.
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  • EilonwyEilonwy Posts: 12,389Registered Users
    ninja dog wrote: »
    I just heard that croupiers at casinos have to wear flea collars, since the infestations are so bad there.
    :sad2:
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