Not everyone welcomed the advice, with one Caracas resident telling Al Jazeera: “If the President thinks that not blow drying our hair is going to help, then the problem is far worse than we thought.”

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At the time Denmark became rich relative to the rest of the World, it was not a welfare state. In fact, Denmark has historically been a low tax country by international standards.

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“If anyone thinks there is not a direct correlation between outrageously high youth unemployment and the fact that we have more people in jail than any other country on Earth, you would be mistaken.”

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Nicolas Poirier, 32, a legal consultant, is an example of the opposition’s concerns, running away from “stifling taxes” and “administrative hell”.

“I only saw France as a country of constraints and irritation, and elsewhere I saw joie de vivre and above all, freedom,” added Poirier.

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Swede says Sweden is no utopia

Benjamin Katzeff  Silberstein in Weekly Standard As a Swede living in the U.S., one of the most common reactions when I tell people where I am from is the question of why I would ever leave Sweden in the first place. Many Americans seem to truly believe that life in...