On average, in the USA, a CEO makes 354 times more than the lowest paid worker in the same company. Some make over 1000 times more. In Canada, a CEO makes 206 times more than the worker, and in Norway, a CEO makes 53 times more.
This means Norway is a more equitable society: incomes aren’t so diverse and everyone earns a good wage. (Everyone also has access to free education – including university.)
This is also means that today my driving instructor pulled up in a BMW M3 and I paid $220 for a one hour lesson.
I will pay just over $1000 to exchange my driver’s license from Canada to Norway – this is the cost of one class and the test/licence fees. If I fail the test [oh God] then I will be starting from scratch and paying almost $10,000. The test is next week. Please pray to the Driving Gods that I pass…
I believe in greater wage equity, and yet I find myself complaining about it when I have to pay more (for services, at restaurants, etc). Turns out we can’t have our (wildly expensive) cake and eat it too. So, rather than complaining about my $30 burger, or $6 train fare, or $220 driving lesson, I am doing my best to remember that I actually agree with what’s going on here. I am all for greater wage-equality. And as soon as I learn Norwegian, I can get a job and hop aboard this Kroner-earning luxury wagon.