One year Australia ends up being ranked as the best country to live in, the next it is Norway takes first place. Therefore it is important to keep in mind that these rankings are based on statistics. When used correctly, statistics can be extremely valuable, but they only show a partial story.
One thing I noticed when being back in Norway over Xmas was that the communication infrastructure is far better in Norway than in Australia.
During our stay there, to stay connected to the Internet, we used a 3G mobile router. It provided us with a 3 Mbit connection which was far more responsive than our 40 Mbit [fibre] connection we have here in Australia.
I understand it might be very tempting to say that Norway is much smaller than Australia, but that doesn’t mean anything, and I doubt that this is the issue here.
Especially when connecting to servers outside of Australia is an absolute nightmare.
It wasn’t until we reached Singapore I could finally use a free VPN service called Cloak. Since I signed up for it I have never been able to connect to it from Australia.
There are one major factor that might have a huge impact on the communication infrastructure in Norway. The high competition between different service providers. Meaning, that they spend a lot of money on their infrastructure to compete with each other and please their customers.
When in Norway I saw an ad for 200 Mbit Internet connection, no download capping of course. It is an expensive subscription, but it is available. While here in Australia [capped] 40 Mbit is considered fast enough for customers.
I guess they are right tho, because when 3 Mbit via 3G is far more responsive than 40 Mbit fibre, I really don’t see how 100 Mbit is of any use in Australia – until they fix that bloody bottleneck.