Originally Posted by cgcsb
The lack of a nightlife and general lack of people. They do have high quality streetscape compared to most of europe and the best public transport of any City in the world I've been to.
Weird, any time I've been in Oslo, I've found the nightlife to be great.
Once I was there that had a massive musical festival, all over the city there were bands just playing on stages set up in the streets, went all weekend, very cool. Never seen anything like it here.
Oh and very cool going into a night club at 11 and it is still bright and then getting kicked out at 3am and it being almost daylight! Loads of people just milling around the streets at 3am just chilling and chatting. Very nice relaxed night-life compared to the craziness of Temple bar.
Originally Posted by magicbastarder
Why not spend the money on scientific research? On renewables, carbon capture, etc?
They spend a fortune on renewables, CCS, etc.
98% of Norways electricity is renewable! The best in the world. Of course most comes from their hydro power and increasingly they are being used as the battery of Europe, supporting wind power in their neighbours.
They have invested massively in Electric Vehicles. Over 60% of new car sales are now all EV.
Norwegian Oil and Gas companies are pivoting to green energy development. Heavily involved in offshore wind, etc.
Their National Wealth Fund is investing heavily in green tech companies and is deinvesting in heavily polluting industries.
Frankly they are one of the world leaders in renewable energy. Way better then us, we are terrible by comparison.
On the subject of the coastal road. An amazing engineering project, but no point in comparing it to anything in Ireland.
Not just for cost reasons, but there is simply no need for something like that here in Ireland.
Norway needs to do this, because the center of their country is basically a massive mountain range that is largely unpassable. The only way to travel the length of the country is along the coast and even then it is an extreme challenge. This is why regional airports and regional flights are so popular there.
Non of this applies to Ireland. The center of our country is basically flat and it is very easy to build pretty standard motorways between our cities without any mad engineering like this. We are pretty lucky in this regard, though pity we don't have more hydro like them.
Our challenge will be approaching their levels of renewable energy use.