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Old 01-22-2012, 11:45 AM
 
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Generally, which country in each continent do you consider the fastest paced? How about slowest paced?

Of course big cities in general are fastest paced, and places in colder climates tend to be faster than warmer regions... but this is about the overall pace of a country & society/ national culture as a whole

N America:
Fastest: US
Slowest: somewhere in Caribbean

Europe:
Fastest: Italy or Greece
Slowest: Spain or Portugal

Asia:
Fastest: Hong Kong or Japan
Slowest: Malaysia

Africa? South America?
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Old 01-22-2012, 03:20 PM
 
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It's more an urban vs rural thingy these days, pretty much independent of countries.
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Old 01-22-2012, 06:26 PM
 
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What do you mean by fast-paced, how fast the traffic is, are people rushing around?

Italy is hectic but they have a relaxed work ethic. I don't know whether you'd call that fast or slow-paced. Germans probably have a more hectic work ethic. Maybe Greeks are the most relaxed.

We think of Jamaica or the Bahamas are idyllic holiday isles with palm-fringed beaches where the people lie around in hammocks sipping coconut juice with those little umbrellas stick out of them. The reality is most Jamaicans work like everywhere else.

Have you been to Malaysia? KL is a bustling, business-orientated metropolis. Maybe the rural kampongs, but urban Malaysia is as 'fast-paced' as anywhere in Asia.

A lot of Africans still live a tribal lifestyle. They work the fields, raise livestock or even still as hunter-gatherers - so it's a whole different world. They do not wear business-suits and live and work in cities. Rural folk may have a more 'relaxed pace of life' but believe me they work as if not harder, and more physical work.
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Old 01-22-2012, 07:26 PM
 
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North America:
Fastest: USA
Slowest: Belize

South America:
Fastest: Brazil
Slowest: Bolivia

Europe:
Fastest: Netherlands
Slowest: Iceland

Africa:
Fastest: Nigeria
Slowest: Namibia

Asia:
Fastest: Japan
Slowest: Mongolia
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Old 01-22-2012, 07:49 PM
 
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Have you been to Malaysia? KL is a bustling, business-orientated metropolis. Maybe the rural kampongs, but urban Malaysia is as 'fast-paced' as anywhere in Asia.
yes i have been to Malaysia and do you know what still remains in my memory? the security people at the light rail system in KL were SLEEPING seemed pretty relaxed & slow paced to me.
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Old 01-22-2012, 08:00 PM
 
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yes i have been to Malaysia and do you know what still remains in my memory? the security people at the light rail system in KL were SLEEPING seemed pretty relaxed & slow paced to me.
I see people sleeping throughout Asia all the time, they're just taking a break, doesn't make them lazy. Maybe they were off shift or something? The traditional Malaysian culture is more rural, laid-back (kampong/village-based). I think the ethnic Chinese were entrepreneural in starting businesses, mining, forestry.etc, I guess a lot of what built modern Malaysia. Not to mention the labourers employed during the days of the British rule of Malaya.
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Old 01-22-2012, 08:38 PM
 
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It's more an urban vs rural thingy these days, pretty much independent of countries.
I agree. Big hectic cities are the same across the globe.
Pretty much all are fast paced, while life in the country or more provincial towns and cities tends to be slower.
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Old 01-23-2012, 03:27 AM
 
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What do you mean by fast-paced, how fast the traffic is, are people rushing around?

Italy is hectic but they have a relaxed work ethic. I don't know whether you'd call that fast or slow-paced. Germans probably have a more hectic work ethic. Maybe Greeks are the most relaxed.

We think of Jamaica or the Bahamas are idyllic holiday isles with palm-fringed beaches where the people lie around in hammocks sipping coconut juice with those little umbrellas stick out of them. The reality is most Jamaicans work like everywhere else.

Have you been to Malaysia? KL is a bustling, business-orientated metropolis. Maybe the rural kampongs, but urban Malaysia is as 'fast-paced' as anywhere in Asia.

A lot of Africans still live a tribal lifestyle. They work the fields, raise livestock or even still as hunter-gatherers - so it's a whole different world. They do not wear business-suits and live and work in cities. Rural folk may have a more 'relaxed pace of life' but believe me they work as if not harder, and more physical work.
Africa is modernizing rapidly, many people are moving to the cities. You will have to look hard to find hunter-gatherers these days, after all, most Africans look down upon hunter-gatherers, which creates problems wherever Bantus meet San/Bushmen.
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Old 01-23-2012, 07:18 AM
 
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Africa is modernizing rapidly, many people are moving to the cities. You will have to look hard to find hunter-gatherers these days, after all, most Africans look down upon hunter-gatherers, which creates problems wherever Bantus meet San/Bushmen.
Yes but it's still a lot more rural than other continents as a whole. The majority still live in rural areas. The hunter-gathering lifestyle is still prevalent in certain areas, e.g. the Kalahari bushmen of Botswana. I hope they can continue this lifestyle undisturbed.
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Old 01-23-2012, 08:49 AM
 
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Yes but it's still a lot more rural than other continents as a whole. The majority still live in rural areas. The hunter-gathering lifestyle is still prevalent in certain areas, e.g. the Kalahari bushmen of Botswana. I hope they can continue this lifestyle undisturbed.
Well, the Kalahari etc. is like an open-air museum, most Africans hate that kind of life and have abandoned it already, if they ever lead it in the first place. Most have never been hunter-gatherers, but farmers. The average African probably hunts less than the average American. Nor is there any reason to tell the few remaining hunter-gatherers to maintain that way of life, just because we like to think of Africa as a primitive museum continent.

Here is a map of the percentage of the urban population (source UN and Wiki, so I hope it is ok to publish here):



As you can see in most countries that have large populations such as West African countries the majority already live in cities, and I bet the colors are even more purple today, just five years after that map was made. Rural life as such doesn't mean it is more primitive or in any way related to hunting-gathering. Americans in rural Kansas or Germany are hardly hunter-gatherers
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