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  •  I imagine a lot of people there (9+ / 0-)

    end up wearing a multitude of economic-social-political hats.

    In a country of 300,000 plus where 60% are in the one and only metro area, the capital, there isn't enough population to sustain a diverse work force.  No wonder there is a shortage of good plumbers!

    I lived in Singapore for a spell and encountered the same situation.  But Singapore is 15X the population of Iceland, so I can't quite grasp how they do it in Iceland.  Simplifying many aspects of life helps immensely no doubt.  More infrastructure is likely state owned which helps to plan for more uniform and efficient changes.  But they only have about 200,000 people of working age and I'm curious about how that breaks down into different professions.

    I would love to visit.

    I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

    by Satya1 on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 09:11:01 AM PST

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    •  I'm pretty impressed myself. (6+ / 0-)

      People here wear lots of hats over the course of their life, though - people change careers a good bit.  Could have something to do with it.

      •  I think it is a very important point that when (12+ / 0-)

        people have

        1) freedom from worry about health care and
        2) freedom from worry about starving if they fail

        then they are much more creative and flexible in the ways they seek employment and entertainment.

        It could be, besides the low population of course, that one of the reasons Icelanders are so involved in so many things and change careers without fear is that they don't have to worry about ending up in the gutter, begging for money to treat their injuries and illnesses.

        I also think that is one of the US' main issues with decent unemployment compensation, welfare and health care:  the masses will be free to work where they wish, instead of being mistreated and abused and taken advantage of by corporate inhumanity.

        A big part of the refusal among the 1% to embrace what all other industrialized, first world nations have embraced likely has a great deal to do with their desire to control their workers and maximize their profits.

        Great read by the way.  These thoughts just rushed into my mind and I wanted to toss them out there for consideration.

        "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

        by YucatanMan on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 02:28:19 PM PST

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      •  They wear so many hats because (0+ / 0-)

        it's so cold. (sorry, couldn't resist)

        "Onward through the fog!" - Oat Willie

        by rocksout on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 08:34:18 AM PST

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