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1  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Sweden's population hits 10 million tomorrow on: Today at 05:09:58 am
And not only that:

The Netherlands has also passed a milestone last year: 17 million in March.

The Dutch are also growing at a healthy pace: +0.7% to November, to 17.087.536 people (up by 112.000 compared with November 2015).
2  General Politics / International General Discussion / Sweden's population hits 10 million tomorrow on: Today at 04:46:22 am
It was officially 9.981.799 at the end of November (the last monthly statistics available), but the population clock at the Statistics page now has it at 9.999.422 as of today.

Sweden grew by 136.000 people in the year to November, or 1.4%

21% of the increase is because of natural increase, 79% because of an immigration surplus.

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Sweden's population is expected to hit the ten million mark this week, new figures show.

More specifically this coming Friday, according to the number crunchers at Statistics Sweden, who are using their "population clock" to keep track of the multiplying Swedes in real-time.

Only a few weeks ago the authority thought that the ten million mark would be hit in mid-February, but the clock appears to be ticking faster and faster on the home stretch.

At the time of publication, Wednesday noon, the population of Sweden is 9,998,812. It is impossible to know the exact time of the day Sweden gets its ten millionth resident or who that person is.

Statistics Sweden explains on its website: "It may have been the newborn child, the person who got a residence permit or the one who returned to Sweden after a few years abroad."

In 2010, Sweden was predicted to reach ten million in 2021, but the population has increased faster than expected. Between 2010 and 2015 the population grew by some four percent a year, behind only Luxembourg in the EU, and far above the EU's average of one percent, the TT news agency reports.

There are two reasons behind the increase: the birth rate and immigration.

"The main reason the population is increasing faster than what was thought a few years ago is because immigration was at an historic high and since then it has increased even more. Population prognoses normally expect that the immigration surplus will go down to the historic average level. That has however not happened yet," Tomas Johansson, population analyst at Statistics Sweden, explained to The Local.

The birth surplus, or the number of newborns minus the number of deaths, has been at around 20,000-25,000 for the past couple of years. The immigration surplus meanwhile has ranged from 45,000 and 78,000, mainly because of increased immigration while emigration has remained relatively stable.

 "Around three fourths of the population growth can be explained by the immigration surplus. Therefore you can say, somewhat simplistically, that immigration causes the high population growth," said Johansson.

Sweden is currently expected to reach a population of 11 million in 2024 and 13 million in 2060.

http://www.thelocal.se/20170118/this-is-when-swedens-population-will-reach-ten-million
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French presidential election, April 23rd & May 7th, 2017 on: January 18, 2017, 04:07:57 pm
It's happening! Cheesy

What exactly ?

The Left is virtually split into 3 pieces and none of their candidates has a chance to get into the runoff really. I guess not even Macron.
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The Official Trump 1.0 Approval Ratings Thread on: January 18, 2017, 11:48:30 am
Rasmussen released their final Obama approval numbers today: 62-38 approve.

They will start polling Trump from today on and release the first Trump approval ratings on Friday, based on a 3-day tracker.
5  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The TRUMP inauguration thread on: January 18, 2017, 09:25:56 am
Excerpts from Trump's - self written - inauguration speech:



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"Since 00:01pm today, we are returning all the bad hombres to Mexico ! I have ordered the concrete trucks to the border and construction work for the WALL has begun ! Wie GEIL ! Wie GEIL !"
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would Obama pardon the previous poster and for which offense? on: January 18, 2017, 09:12:52 am
No.

Kalwejt is responsible for the frequent smog in the Los Angeles area and a top-polluter due to his smoking habit. Obama has a zero-tolerance policy against environmental polluters.
7  General Politics / International General Discussion / Poll: 84% of Germans say Trump is too incompetent/unfit to be President on: January 18, 2017, 09:08:04 am
Forsa for "Stern" magazine:

84% incompetent (incl. 53% of AfD-voters)
10% competent enough

http://www.stern.de/politik/deutschland/stern-umfrage--deutsche-halten-trump-als-praesident-fuer-ungeeignet-7286248.html
8  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics 3.0 on: January 18, 2017, 08:38:57 am
Media is speculating that if Sebastian Kurz wants to become the next Austrian Chancellor, he'd need to take the heavy risk and already become party leader at some point this year and also call early elections this year.

That's because with the Prll-retirement, the Lower Austria VP will drop by 10-15% in next years state election, which is held no later than March.

If Kurz were elected party leader after that catastrophic state election, he'd start the general election campaign with a huge setback.

On the other hand, early federal elections in 2017 would also be problematic for Kurz: Austrian voters do not like early elections and always punish the party that calls them. Besides, Austrians want 2017 off from any election after having the 3 presidential elections last year. Or as the media says: Austrians right now are "tired" of voting (which is a bit funny, because turnout increased last year between every election).
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics 3.0 on: January 18, 2017, 08:30:18 am
The new and the old Governor:

10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics 3.0 on: January 18, 2017, 08:18:55 am
It's official:

Johanna Mikl-Leitner will follow Gov. Erwin Prll as Governor of Lower Austria, once he retires in March.

This means Austria will have a female governor again, the first one since Gabriele Burgstaller - who left in 2013.
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The TRUMP inauguration thread on: January 17, 2017, 03:47:17 pm
I wasn't sure where else to put this, but Trump's official portrait is out now in case anyone was wondering.



Just saw it on Wikipedia. The portrait itsself is ugly. Particularly because he's not smiling.

The portrait is not really ugly in an artistic point of view. While Obama's reflected his personality really well, being cool, relaxed, smiling, youthful etc. - Trump's really fits his personality somehow.

Mean, arrogant, omnipresent and somehow powerful, like in: "Don't mess with me !" while the large black spaces of his suit are emblematic of his obscurity. Meanwhile, the red tie sticks out like a bloodstained dagger.
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Are the anti-Hillary leftists happy now? on: January 17, 2017, 03:38:49 pm
The loss of Hillary wasn't really shocking or surprising to me, especially seen in an Austrian perspective: While we have already 30 years of experience with far-right populist parties (the FP and later the BZ, which is now defunct), the US never had any experience with that recently and also didn't have experience with the Holocaust. So, voters in the US had no "historic conscience" to look back to, as did many Austrians before the December runoff - by watching the powerful "Gertrude"-video, which is quite likely to have handed the election to the left-winger Van der Bellen over right-winger Hofer. Trump, like Hillary, was a terrible candidate, but he understood the mood of the voters better and especially the mood of voters where it mattered to win the election. I already posted back in early 2015 that Trump would very likely win the primaries and the Presidency and I always find it funny when the media here talks about an "Austrian Trump", when it was in fact Trump and his campaign that copied or advanced the FP's successful campaign strategy over the years to win the election ...
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The TRUMP inauguration thread on: January 17, 2017, 03:25:29 pm
His massive ego is clearly visible in the picture, as he consumes about 80% of it ...
14  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: 2016 Turnout Update: Now above 60% on: January 17, 2017, 03:19:59 pm
Out of curiosity, what is Trump's vote %age as a %age of all voting eligible people compared to Romney's in 2012?

Both had ~27.4% of the VEP.
15  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Sigmar Gabriel on: January 17, 2017, 02:34:37 pm
I don't mind him personally, but:

Current German Vice Chancellor and likely SPD chancellor candidate for the federal election.

At this point SDP should oficially name their leader a "Vice Chancellor candidate".
16  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: 2016 Turnout Update: Now above 60% on: January 17, 2017, 02:32:35 pm
Turnout for Presidential voting is probably around 59%.

Around 59.4%, yes.
17  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / 2016 Turnout Update: Now above 60% on: January 17, 2017, 02:26:20 pm
This month, all states will prepare their election reports for the US Election Assistance Commission.

These reports also include "total ballots cast", which are usually significantly higher than the amount of votes cast just for President.

If all states report their data, total ballots cast will top 139 million votes.

Also, the Census Bureau's latest 2016 estimates have revised down the number of the total US population and 18+ population by about a million, which means turnout is up slightly when compared with earlier estimates.

2016 turnout is now at least 60.2% of voting-eligible persons (citizens 18+).
18  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics 3.0 on: January 17, 2017, 11:02:09 am
Yeah, this is totally the result of profound contemplation and not because the story that broke a few days back may result in substantial proof of his massive corruption for the first time. Definitely. For sure.

Good riddance.

Everyone who thinks that the "System Prll" is or was without corruption, is pretty naive anyway IMO.

But you have to give Prll some credit for pulling out at exactly the right moment and leaving it to Johanna Mikl-Leitner to deal with the coming elections, attacks and "uncoverings" ... Wink
19  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: 1/17/17 CNN ORC Poll: Trump Approval at 40% on: January 17, 2017, 10:50:58 am
#fakepolling

Wink
20  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: NFL Playoffs - Championship Round on: January 17, 2017, 10:33:49 am
Since Amazon delivered me a Steelers hoodie instead of the Broncos hoodie I ordered, I will root for the Steelers against the Patriots. But obviously, the Patriots will win it.

I'm also rooting for the Packers to win the other game, but obviously Atlanta will win it.

Superbowl 51 will be Patriots vs. Falcons
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Are the anti-Hillary leftists happy now? on: January 17, 2017, 10:26:28 am
Roll Eyes

It was first and foremost crappy Hillary herself who's to blame for that catastrophic loss, not us who didn't like her from the start. And the general smugness of the naive Democrats running her campaign and detachedness towards working class whites, in favour of minorities. When you ignore and take for granted a segment of your base that won you elections for decades, it's no wonder that they revolted and broke her neck on election day.
22  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: German Constitutional Court rules that the NPD won't be banned on: January 17, 2017, 10:12:42 am
I'm pretty split on this issue. There are many arguments for and against banning them, but for now I agree with the court that it shouldn't be banned because their influence as a party is declining and it is not a big threat to the state (even though there are some "isolated" nutjobs like the NSU-people). I think there should be a criteria catalogue, which determines as to when the NPD should be banned, such as reaching 4% in a federal election (because banning them later would be pretty hard).
23  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics 3.0 on: January 17, 2017, 10:08:20 am
end of the world as we know it.

this is like the arab spring for austria.

Yes, the sun is going down in Lower Austria ... Tongue

LOL

24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics 3.0 on: January 17, 2017, 06:17:24 am
Aaannnd, he's retiring ... in March.
25  General Politics / International General Discussion / German Constitutional Court rules that the NPD won't be banned on: January 17, 2017, 04:52:47 am
Germany's top court rejects bid to outlaw far-right NPD party

The Constitutional Court of Germany rejected Tuesday a bid to ban the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD), which has often been accused of being a neo-Nazi party.

The case was brought by lawmakers who called the NPD a threat to the country's democratic system.

Andreas Vosskuhle, the court's president, said that the party's ideology did not merit a ban and that it posed no active threat to democracy, the DPA news agency reported.

The country's constitution says that plaintiffs must prove a party's ideology is "combative and aggressive" and poses an active threat to democracy, the news agency reported.

In 2003, the court rejected another attempt to ban the NPD, because the party was infiltrated by a large number of state informants.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/01/17/germanys-highest-court-rejects-bid-outlaw-far-right-npd-party/96658102
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