Sunday, June 27, 2010

Northern Europe

Just took the family on a cruise in Northern Europe and the Baltics. It was all quite beautiful. However the coastlines of Denmark and Germany are quite literally littered with windmills. Personally, I don't mind the aesthetic, but people seem to have different takes on this.

Denmark get 20% of its energy from wind, but they also have the highest utility rates in Europe.

Helsinki was a particularly pretty city, and it was interesting to learn how the Finns kept the Soviets and communism at bay for decades. The Soviets basically tried to annex Finland during World War II when they thought no one would notice, but their efforts failed (other than winning a bit of land in the north). But for fans of irony, I offer you this: Finland's top marginal tax rate is 70% while Russia's is 13%.

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