Saturday, May 20, 2006

What might Scotland be like if it was independent, like Norway?

Exporting oil at $70 a barrel has turned Norway into the wealthiest nation on earth.
The country that's got it all - but is still saving for tomorrow

Scottish oil revenues are expected to be £74 billion over the next six years - equivalent to £14,000 for every man, woman and child in Scotland.

Scotland has 25% of Europe's wind and tide resources and 10% of its wave resources.

Scotland has two-thirds of the oil reserves held within the European Union. http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2222982005

The following figures, for Britain and Norway, come from the OECD Factbook, Statistics Norway and the UK Office for National statistics.

Britain Scotland, if independent / Norway

GDP per head

£21,000 £35,800

Bank base rate

4.5% 2.5%

Victim of assault

6.1% 3%

Average hours worked per year

1,669 1,363

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