General Abortion Rate 1980 – 2005: Denmark, Norway, Sweden

General abortion rate (Rate per 1000 women at15-44 age group) for Denmark, Norway and Sweden from year 1980 to 2005:

1. Denmark: Population and Elections – Births and Deaths
2. Norway: Health – Abortions
3. Sweden: National Board of Health and Welfare – Abortions

Picture: Torii at Itsukushima Shrine

Miyajima 17.09.2007, originally uploaded by micpohling.

The famous 3 views of Japan. Will be looking more impressive if the background is sunrise! 🙂

Weekly Highlight: 30.10.2007

Denmark: young people does not like to read newspaper…

No news is no news

A new study finds that young people’s interest in the news is rapidly diminishing. The study, conducted by the Institute for Business Cycle Analysis (IFKA), found that half of young people aged 15 to 24 do not read the daily newspaper and only 57 percent watch the television news.
The new figures stand in contrast to a similar study conducted 10 years ago showing that 67 percent of young people read a daily papers and nearly all watched TV news.
The decline comes despite an increase in the number of news sources such as free newspaper and 24-hour news networks.
Contrary to what media experts believed, the explosion of young people using the internet has not led to them seeking out news from their computers, either.

Finland: fathers choose work over…

Fathers Take Work Over Paternity Leave
Published 28.10.2007, 16.07 (updated 28.10.2007, 16.11)

According to new doctoral research, new fathers opt not to take paternity leave because they still feel responsible for providing for the family. Among couples with a high degree of education, it was far more likely for both parents to take time off.
Paternity leave became every father’s right in Finland in the 1970’s, but even now only around ten percent choose to take advantage of it.

Netherlands: if the plane crashes and put you on a desert island, what would you…

Dutch won’t eat human flesh
Monday 29 October 2007

Most Dutch would rather starve than eat human flesh, according to research carried out for entertainment software company Electronic Arts.
Of the 500 respondents, 65% would refuse cannabalism if a plane crash put them on a desert island.
As for company on the island, 27.1% wanted Pamela Anderson and 26.7% James Ford – Sawyer from the tv series Lost.
A knife is considered essential by 71.4% of respondents, while nearly 17% chose a mobile phone.

Norway: in the post-Christian Europe…

Half have faith in God
First published: 25 Oct 2007, 10:23

The study found that 51.6 percent stated they believed in God, and 40.3 percent said they believed in the central tenet of Christianity, that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, according to the Sentio survey carried out for newspaper Klassekampen.
Four out of ten claiming faith in Jesus is a clear increase from earlier surveys.
The study found that supporters of the Socialist Left Party were the least religious, even less so than voters for the farther left Red Electoral Alliance.
Apart from Christian Democrat voters, agrarian Center Party voters replied most in keeping with classical Lutheran faith.

Sweden: now the sagging pants spread to Sweden?

Low-hanging pants cause school rumpus
Published: 29th October 2007 18:43 CET

Low-hanging pants may be all the rage in the world of hip-hop, but one school in a chic part of Stockholm has caused a row after it told pupils to keep their waistlines at waist level.
Parents at Östermalmsskolan, a school in one of Stockholm’s most exclusive neighbourhoods, told parents in a letter last week that pupils would be expected to pull their trousers up.
The school said that displaying rear cleavage had been declared out of order back in the spring.
“Lots of people think hanging pants don’t look nice, and this is actually the children’s place of work. It’s not terribly hygienic either,” said Agneta Zetterström, headmistress at the school, to local paper Östermalmsnytt.
But hip-hop DJ Erik Kvarnsmyr, whose stepson Viktor Arvidsson, 8, attends the school, said the rule was “really silly.”
“I reacted really strongly when I got the letter,” he said.
“Schoolteachers shouldn’t be acting as fashion police. Knowledge is the really important thing,” he told The Local.

EU: Association with the word “Culture”

% of EU 27 countries on what is associated with the word Culture:

Arts (performance and visual arts – architecture, painting, art galleries etc) – 39%

Traditions, languages, customs and social or cultural communities – 24%

Literature, poetry, playwriting, author – 24%

Education and family (upbringing) – 20%

Knowledge and science (research) – 18%

Lifestyle and manners – 18%

Civilization (Western, Asian, African, Arab etc) – 13%

History – 13%

Museums – 11%

Leisure, sport, travels, fun – 9%

Values and beliefs (including philosophy and religion) – 9%

Not interested, not for me – 2%

Too elite, snoobish, posh, boring (negative things) – 1%

Other – 7%

Source: Eurobarometer – European Cultural Values

General Abortion Rate 1980 – 2005: UK, Australia, New Zealand

General abortion rate (number of abortions per 1000 women age 15-44) in UK (specifically England and Wales), Australia and New Zealand from year 1980 to 2005.

1. Robert Johnston: Abortion statistics and other data

Picture: More deer at Miyajima

Miyajima 17.09.2007, originally uploaded by micpohling.

Ok, may be I smelt nice or the deer was too hungry: he was trying to eat my t-shirt! 😛

Assault Trend for selected OECD Countries

Assault trend seen in various OECD countries (a summary from crime trend in individual country):

a) US: 1970 – 2005
b) UK: 1970 – 2005
c) Sweden: 1970 – 2005

d) Canada: 1990 -2005
e) Japan: 1990 – 2005
f) Norway: 1993 – 2005

g) Australia: 1995 -2005
h) Denmark: 1995 – 2005
i) Finland: 1995 – 2005

So, basically my question is: other than Canada (& US trends down since 1990), why assault rate increases in most of the countries? Any thought?

Picture: Deers at Miyajima

Miyajima 17.09.2007, originally uploaded by micpohling.

These are very tame wild deer. I don’t see anyone sell and feed them with proper deer food, as seen in Nara. I guess that is why they are so hungry and eating anything – including paper! 😦

Japan Teenage Livebirth 1947 – 2002

Teenage (age 15-19 years old) livebirths in Japan from year 1947 to 2002:

a) % of teenage livebirths out of total livebirths
b) Teenage livebirths rate (per 1000 women aged 15-19)

Source: Historical Statistic of Japan – Chapter 2 Population and Households

Picture: Miyajima Trip

Miyajima 17.09.2007, originally uploaded by micpohling.

These two are the very famous trademark of Miyajima island: tame wild deer everywhere and Itsukushima shrine – the 3 views of Japan. There will be more the picture of deers coming up… 😛

Quote: Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell:

No one gossips about other people’s secret virtues.

Firstly, is it true? 😉
Secondly, why?

Norway Teenage Abortions 1980 – 2005

Teenage (aged 15-19) abortions in Norway from year 1980 to 2005:

a) % teenage abortions out of total abortions
b) Teenage abortions rate (per 1000 women aged 15-19)

Source: Statistic Norway

Picture: My Breakfast

Breakfast at … Hiroshima 17.09.2007, originally uploaded by micpohling.

My luxury breakfast at Hiroshima morning, courtesy of my parent-in-law 🙂 Mikko and I won’t spend that much on breakfast, normally we make it brunch (breakfast + lunch), save money! 😉 But in actual, this is not that expensive than its look: cost about 700 yen (~RM21)…

Finland Teenage Livebirths 1987-2006

Teenage (aged 15-19) livebirths in Finland from year 1987 to 2006:

a) % of teenage livebirths out of total livebirths
b) Teenage livebirths rate (per 1000 women aged 15-19)

Source: Statistic Finland

Picture: Hiroshima Castle Night View

Hiroshima Castle Night View 16.09.2007, originally uploaded by micpohling.

The majestic view of Hiroshima castle… Despite the raining day and night shot without tripod, I guess I am content with the quality of this picture then 😛

Denmark Teenage Abortions 1981-2005

Teenage (aged 15 – 19) abortions in Denmark from year 1981 to 2005:

a) % of teenage abortions out of total abortions
b) Teenage abortions rate (per 1000 women aged 15-19 years old)

Source: Statistic Denmark

Picture: Hiroshima Night View

Hiroshima Night View 16.09.2007, originally uploaded by micpohling.

What about night view? Better than day view? We did not have the tripod with us, plus it was raining at the same night. Tough job, but great satisfaction as well 😛

Denmark Teenage Livebirths 1981-2005

Teenage (age 15-19 years old) livebirths in Denmark from year 1981 to 2005:

a) % of teenage livebirths out of total livebirths
b) Teenage livebirths rate (per 1000 women aged 15-19)

Source: Statistic Denmark – Population and Election

Picture: Atomic Bomb Dome

Atomic Bomb Dome 16.09.2007, originally uploaded by micpohling.

… In Hiroshima. More about the dome:

Weekly Highlight: 23.10.2007

Denmark: globalisation and job security.

Danes secure in global job market

Low unemployment and a strong economy have eased Danish workers’ fears over losing their jobs to foreign labour, according to a Danish Confederation of Trade Unions/Analyse Danmark study.
Only one in 20 Danes feels insecure about their position in the job market today. In 2005, that number stood at one in 10. In addition, only three out of 10 say they feel globalisation threatens Danish culture and identity.
He added that Denmark’s ‘flexicurity’ model – which allows flexibility for employers to hire and fire while giving employees security in the form of generous unemployment benefits – helps ease Danish workers’ fears should they become unemployed.

Finland: if it is a good news for Nokia, it should be good news for whole Finland, rite? 😉

Nokia Exceeds Expectations Despite Price Drop
Published 18.10.2007, 16.52

Nokia once again managed to exceed expectations as it released third-quarter results on Thursday, despite a drop in the average price of phones sold. The companys says its market share has risen to a new high of 39 percent.
Nokia’s financial result, before taxation, stood at 1.9 billion euros. This compares to 1.1 billion euros for the same period last year.
Company third quarter turnover topped 12.9 billion euros, up from 10.1 billion euros a year ago.
Nokia estimates its current share of the mobile phone market at around 39 percent, its highest ever. Although there was a slight drop in the average price per phone, the company was able to manufacture them more cheaply. Simonson claims that Nokia is the only manufacturer able to operate profitably in the low-cost phone market, because of the brand supported by its production scale and distribution.

Sweden: well, what can I say? …

95 percent of Swedes ‘cheat the system’
Published: 17th October 2007 10:57 CET

Nearly 95 percent of Swedes admit that they abuse the country’s public services and benefits systems. Only 5 percent never bend the rules, according to a new study carried out by two senior economists.
Some 16 percent of those polled said they had seriously cheated the public sector, for example by claiming unemployment or sick benefits to which they were not entitled. 95 percent admitted maximizing use of the system by legal means, for instance by exploiting loopholes.
Writing in Dagens Nyheter, the study’s authors Stefan Fölster, chief economist for the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, and Fredrik Bergström, CEO of the Swedish Retail Institute (HUI), say it is a myth that only politicians cheat the system.
Fölster and Bergström claim people commonly stretch the rules to gain maximum compensation from the state when planning parental leave or periods of unemployment.

Netherlands: let’s learn how is Dutch gomen going to reduce teenage drinking…

Ministers act on teenage drinking
Friday 19 October 2007

A ban on the sale of pre-mixed cocktails in supermarkets and tougher alcohol sales licences are among the measures the cabinet plans to introduce to curb teenage drinking, according to NOS news.
Ministers want to reduce the number of under-16s who drink alcohol by 25%, NOS quotes the leaked proposal as saying.
Supermarkets and shops caught selling alcohol to minors will lose their licences, and the sale of alcopops like Bacardi breezers will be confined to wine and spirits shops.
Under-16s caught with alcohol in their possession will also face criminal charges, if the plans go through. Radio and television advertising alcoholic drinks in the early evening will also be restricted.
Dutch teenagers are among the heaviest drinkers in Europe.

Norway: luckily it was just syphilis?

Blood donor had syphilis
First published: 19 Oct 2007, 15:02

A Norwegian man who donated blood to Ullevål University Hospital’s blood bank for 14 years has tested positive for syphilis. He may have infected as many as 37 persons.
His syphilis infection was disclosed only after he became a donor at the Drammen blood bank this year, when his blood was subjected to a routine control test.
“This is serious, and we must evaluate whether the routines we have for testing blood are good enough,” Larsen told “Today, blood donors are only tested for syphilis before they give blood for the first time.”
Per Ivar Gaarder, acting leader of the Blood Bank in Oslo, couldn’t say why the syphilis infection wasn’t discovered earlier, but said the man had never disclosed any information to the blood bank that would have put him in a risk category.

Funnily yesterday when I was watching House [S03E06 Que Sera Sera], House mentioned a point which is quite interesting. He said that the patient would not get STD from prostitute but rather someone you know because: if you don’t trust a person, you would be extra careful and put on protection. On contrary, if you trust a person, you will be less likely to practise safe sex and thus get STD from them. Well, if this is the case, if I got STD from my husband (and he has not incentive to disclose that STD-risk information to me), and I will say everything is fine to Blood Bank in Oslo, they won’t be screening my blood, and therefore the “incident” could still happen, rite?

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