A lot of Hong Kong Chinese got Canadian citizenship before 1999, out of worry of what might be around the corner. Many of those have moved back, or indeed never left, as there is more money to be made in Hong Kong than Canada.
I would be surprised if this one had not made the list.
This city has always been all about business.
From everything that I have heard about Switzerland, I would be surprised if it had not made the list.
These seem to be example of two countries that were on the precipice of really bad things happening to their economies, and they bit the bullet and made the necessary reforms to make their economies more sustainable. In the Canadian example, in order to out-maneuvre the calls from the right to reform, the liberal government stole the thunder of the Reform and made the reforms themselves. They therefore became the brunt of all the rage from the left, and still have not recovered.
New Zealand’s situation was even worse than Canada’s, so their being on the list is good news indeed. It shows how good government policy can really turn things around.
Ireland is probably on shakier ground due to the financial meltdown of the banking system of a few years ago. Still, the talk of the Celtic tiger and the economic miracle verify the reasons that Ireland may be on this list.
Chile is one of those examples that raise questions of whether or not the ends justify the means. The massive oppression and torture that has led to a economy that is legitimately on the list will be troubling to anyone who has experienced the lost of family and friends through those means, or who had been made refugees.
On the other hand, the repression and suffering hoisted upon those who have fallen under leftist regimes is not much less, and the results are always a worst economy than that which existed before.
Don’t know that it is or isn’t.
It would be easy to look up and find out why it is on the list though.
This is an interesting example. It does tie into something I read about its similar rather socialist neighbour, Sweden. The reason that these economies have been able to pay for their cradle to grave, without relying on Germany like countries like Greece must, is because their businesses are given free reign to be profitable.
It is an interesting example though, for it does show that even socialist countries are capable of building an economy based on economic freedom. It is a different model than the Hong Kong one for sure.
At any rate, I would have picked any of these economies before I would have picked Somalia.:shrug: