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Old January 21st, 2010, 08:46 PM   #2721
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Danish general Motorvej speed limit is now 130 km/h, although many 110 km/h sections still exist.
AFAIK more than ˝ of the danish motorways have limits of 110 or lower.

I found a map that shows the speed limits:

Yellow: 130 (80mph)
Blue: 110 (70mph) or lower
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Old January 21st, 2010, 08:57 PM   #2722
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In Germany there are signs like this at every autobahn crossing the watersheds of Mediterranean and Northern Sea. If there are street views of German autobahns in Google you can find all these signs.
Erm, there is no river in Germany running to the Mediterranean Sea. The watershed signs in Germany show the shed between the North Sea (Rhine River) and the Black Sea (Danube).
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Old January 21st, 2010, 11:02 PM   #2723
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Danielk2, today I read that the danish police and custom will check foreign plates for tax infringements. I don't understand well towards whom it regrds, but I guess they will look for Danes who have a car registered abroad?
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Old January 21st, 2010, 11:22 PM   #2724
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That would make sense because the Danish car purchase tax is a ridiculous 80%. Add VAT to that (25%) and the "value" of a car doubles, most of it being fried air (a.k.a. tax).

High car taxes are a serious problem to the household budget, write-offs are an underestimated cost, and the higher the taxes, the higher the write-off is as well. The value of a car usually halves within 3 - 4 years, so if you buy an € 50.000,- car, it costs you € 6.250,- in write-off per year alone. That can be 2 monthly wages. Without such taxes, the write-off would be like half of that.
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Old January 22nd, 2010, 01:31 AM   #2725
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I also heard that Nl are planning to toll the roads and lifting all the extra taxes you have on the cars.
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Old January 22nd, 2010, 10:47 AM   #2726
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Yeah sort of. Tolling every km driven generates even more money than fixed taxes, especially since km rates can go through the roof.
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Old January 22nd, 2010, 11:43 AM   #2727
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They've promised that it will be cheaper for the first years though. Knowing our government, it will last 1 month before the km rate will skyrocket
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Old January 22nd, 2010, 12:06 PM   #2728
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That would make sense because the Danish car purchase tax is a ridiculous 80%. Add VAT to that (25%) and the "value" of a car doubles, most of it being fried air (a.k.a. tax).

High car taxes are a serious problem to the household budget, write-offs are an underestimated cost, and the higher the taxes, the higher the write-off is as well. The value of a car usually halves within 3 - 4 years, so if you buy an € 50.000,- car, it costs you € 6.250,- in write-off per year alone. That can be 2 monthly wages. Without such taxes, the write-off would be like half of that.
The cheapest car you can buy in Denmark right now is a Suzuki Alto, (I think) it costs just under DKK 100.000 - € 13.300
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Old January 22nd, 2010, 12:48 PM   #2729
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Yeah sort of. Tolling every km driven generates even more money than fixed taxes, especially since km rates can go through the roof.
When should this system start? I guess it will regard also foreign cars so it will be interesting how it will work.
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Old January 22nd, 2010, 12:55 PM   #2730
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Erm, there is no river in Germany running to the Mediterranean Sea. The watershed signs in Germany show the shed between the North Sea (Rhine River) and the Black Sea (Danube).
Yeah, my mistake. I meant Danube's bassin
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Old January 22nd, 2010, 03:54 PM   #2731
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Trčs bien. But my memory tells me there is also a graphic illustration to this sign. Maybe it's in the other direction?
I've found it.

[img]http://i45.************/1214tmu.jpg[/img]

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Where exactly is this picture?
The continental divide on the A36 is in between the municipalities of Eteimbes and Angeot. Note that the continental divide here almost coincides with the limit between the Romance and Germanic languages. The limit between the two language groups runs between the Romance-speaking village of Bretten and the Germanic-speaking village of Soppe-le-Bas.

Bretten, the last Romance-speaking village:
[img]http://i45.************/4lm886.jpg[/img]

Soppe-le-Bas, the first Germanic-speaking village:
[img]http://i48.************/10zy8vo.jpg[/img]

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Old January 22nd, 2010, 08:05 PM   #2732
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today I read that the danish police and custom will check foreign plates for tax infringements.
Such checks are common in Ireland, which also has a tax, but only 25% rather then the Danish figure.
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Old January 27th, 2010, 12:24 AM   #2733
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I've found it.

[img]http://i45.************/1214tmu.jpg[/img]


The continental divide on the A36 is in between the municipalities of Eteimbes and Angeot. Note that the continental divide here almost coincides with the limit between the Romance and Germanic languages. The limit between the two language groups runs between the Romance-speaking village of Bretten and the Germanic-speaking village of Soppe-le-Bas.
this picture was photographed near Mulhouse, Basel?

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Old January 27th, 2010, 07:48 AM   #2734
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Dramatic Death of a Border Crossing

Many of you have probably been to Niagara Falls. But did you know that 72 years ago today, one of the bridges connecting New York State with Ontario Canada collapsed? It was an incredibly cold winter that caused ice to build up at the base of the falls, where it turned into a virtual glacier that crept up to the footings of the Honeymoon Bridge and undermined it. There was plenty of warning that the bridge was in trouble, and it was closed for days before the dramatic end occurred. Nobody was hurt, but it marked the end for what was one of America's busiest border crossings at that time. Work began on a new bridge a few hundred yards downstream, and new border inspection facilities were built at the Rainbow Bridge, which opened in 1941.
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Old January 29th, 2010, 07:48 AM   #2735
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Wow!!!!! It was a luck day I guess???
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Old February 4th, 2010, 04:46 PM   #2736
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friendly relationship between the italiani and the Österrreicher on the border in south Tirol (Brenner)...

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Old February 4th, 2010, 06:43 PM   #2737
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This is a well known problem of this German-speaking region and I think those "reactions" are also quite logical from austrian part when you look to the history..
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Old February 4th, 2010, 06:55 PM   #2738
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I know the history of this region. I also were in Bolzen in december last year and spoke to a german speaking person about the situation. And believe me, such attitude is not representative to the most of the german citizens of south Tirol. It's much more an effect of right wing pro-austrian political actions.
What's interesting, according to the person I spoke to, the german speaking people don't consider themselves as "austrians", but more like as "germans" or even "german speaking italians".
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Old February 4th, 2010, 09:37 PM   #2739
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Totally agree! And about their nationality, before WW2 all Austrians considered themselfs as Germans (this region was annexed by Italy in 1919 so it was very long time before and they didn´t accepted austrian nationality after the WW2 as Germans in Austria). I think they are definitely closer to the Austrians than Germans. Interesting situation..
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Old February 4th, 2010, 10:15 PM   #2740
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Strange that the Italians don't bother about that sign. For example Romania would never allow a "Transylvania is not Romania" sign on the Hungarian border...
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