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Old 05-04-2012, 03:21 PM
 
Location: MO->MI->CA->TX->MA
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My definition of "laid-back" is one where the government still does its job to maintain order in the country but is the least intrusive on its citizens privacy and rights.
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Old 05-05-2012, 07:10 AM
 
Location: Belgium
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Canada maybe? Australia or New Zealand? Sure as hell no European country.
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Old 05-05-2012, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Vancouver, Canada
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Greece had one and they paid high price for it
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Old 05-06-2012, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Kowaniec, Nowy Targ, Podhale. 666 m n.p.m.
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Iceland.
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Old 05-06-2012, 08:46 AM
 
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Sure as hell no European country.
Why do you say that?
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Old 05-06-2012, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Belgium
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Why do you say that?
Because European governments are wáy too intrusive to my taste .
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Old 05-06-2012, 04:42 PM
 
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Because European governments are wáy too intrusive to my taste .
Do you mean socially or economically? Because I don't think they're socially intrusive (gay marriage/unions, abortion etc.) and not being taxed is not a right.
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Old 05-06-2012, 07:58 PM
 
Location: 30-40°N 90-100°W
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Possibly Australia, The Netherlands, New Zealand, and Switzerland.
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Old 05-06-2012, 09:11 PM
 
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Greece had one and they paid high price for it
Exactly what I was thinking. I think the Greeks, Italians, Spaniards and Portuguese are real simpatico this way, and their governments are the most laid-back.

I think that being liberal doesn't make a government laid-back. The governments of places like Canada and New Zealand, for example, are way too business-like to be considered laid-back.
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Old 05-06-2012, 09:19 PM
 
Location: 30-40°N 90-100°W
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Well limiting "Free Existence's" ranking to just "limited government" and "freedom of expression" I get a top-ten that includes countries who might be slower-paced in lifestyle.

The Bahamas
Chile
Costa Rica
Mali
Peru
The Dominican Republic
Panama
El Salvador
The Philippines
Vanuatu

Freedom Index : Find Freedom!

I think Vanuatu is said to be pretty laid-back. I was thinking the OP was meaning more "hands off" on personal and privacy issues whether or not their business-like in what they do.
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