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Old 02-01-2017, 03:29 AM
 
Location: Finland
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Overhead power lines are BANNED here.

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Old 02-01-2017, 04:08 AM
 
Location: Monnem Germany
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For the opposite scale, Luxembourg looks quite poor compared to the earlier images of extravagance.

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What looks poor there? I used to be in Echternach quite often and nothing looked poor.
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Old 02-01-2017, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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What looks poor there? I used to be in Echternach quite often and nothing looked poor.
Maybe he was being sarcastic. There are very few signs of apparent poverty in Luxembourg. Switzerland is also like this.
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Old 02-01-2017, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Statistically at least, New Zealand is not as rich as I have always thought it was. I always thought it was about the same as Canada and Australia, but it's actually some distance behind. When you look at the numbers anyway. It still does fine in terms of human development index.
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Old 02-01-2017, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Less Rich than the visual image:
Japan
South Korea
New Zealand
South Africa
Ukraine

Richer than the visual image:
Equatorial Guinea
Gabon
Israel
Saudi Arabia
Brunei
Equatorial Guinea is only rich when it comes to statistics because the natural resources there extracted by large multinationals show up in the GDP and other economic output stats. Very little of that trickles down to the people, who tend to be as poor as their neighbours in countries with less impressive stats.


Gabon, however, has a better balance and is actually one of the more well-off sub-Saharan African countries. They also have natural resources but I guess they've been more able to leverage things so that the population can at least benefit from that a bit.
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Old 02-01-2017, 09:38 AM
 
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I think the presence of overhead power lines has a lot to do with seismicity. Seismic countries tend to have them because having them underground is troublesome.
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Old 02-01-2017, 11:17 AM
 
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I think the presence of overhead power lines has a lot to do with seismicity. Seismic countries tend to have them because having them underground is troublesome.
During the Kobe Earthquake the areas with utility poles had worse blackouts than areas with underground transmission, so it's not exactly better to have them. It is indeed easier to repair the wires above ground than underground when earthquakes strike though.

But the problem is that these countries (aka Japan and Taiwan) also get struck by typhoons all the time, which usually cause lots of damage to the overhead lines. However it's now just too much of a hassle to renew them all, especially in Japan where 85% of the electricity is transmitted by utility poles (Taiwan is like half half, Idk about Korea).

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Old 02-01-2017, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Finland
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We banned them simply for safety and aesthetic reasons. Overhead lines are only allowed in Helsinki tram routes.
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Old 02-01-2017, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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We banned them simply for safety and aesthetic reasons. Overhead lines are only allowed in Helsinki tram routes.
What about in suburban areas (that kinda look like North American exurbia) with all those houses on decent-sized wooded lots?
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Old 02-01-2017, 01:29 PM
 
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Less Rich than the visual image:
Japan
South Korea
New Zealand
South Africa
Ukraine

Richer than the visual image:
Equatorial Guinea
Gabon
Israel
Saudi Arabia
Brunei
absolutely agree about new zealand , i lived and worked there a number of years ago , income per person is about 25% lower than in ireland yet its not really apparent IMO
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