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Old May 4th, 2017, 09:27 AM   #36141
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Ny-Ålesund (not to be confused with Ålesund) is the northernmost inhabitated settlement in the world, known for the Airship Italia disaster of 1928.
This is disputed. Some say that Alert, Nunavut is. Ny-Ålesund is located 78° N, Alert is at 82 °N.

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Old May 4th, 2017, 11:50 AM   #36142
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Ny-Ålesund (not to be confused with Ålesund) is the northernmost inhabitated settlement in the world, known for the Airship Italia disaster of 1928.
In fact Ny-Alesund means "New Alesund", so they are related.
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This is disputed. Some say that Alert, Nunavut is. Ny-Ålesund is located 78° N, Alert is at 82 °N.
Station Nord in Greenland is also further North than Ny-Alesund. Oh, and how I could miss Camp Barneo somewhere in the ice cap near the North Pole . Anyway, the northernmost true town, i.e. settlement with permanent population, is Longyearbyen, not far from Ny-Alesund.
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Old May 4th, 2017, 02:43 PM   #36143
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I just spotted a car registered in Moscow (777 Oblast) in Cascais, west of Lisbon, Portugal. That'a a long drive...
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Old May 4th, 2017, 03:01 PM   #36144
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Russians get everywhere, even more than Dutch. 1000 km is nothing for them. Few days ago I was around Lake Garda and Russian plates were as common as in Helsinki if not even more.
I also saw GBG plate for the first time (do you find out which country is it without Google?)
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Old May 4th, 2017, 03:05 PM   #36145
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That's Guernsey, right? GB + G. Gibraltar is GBZ if I'm not mistaken.
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Old May 4th, 2017, 03:41 PM   #36146
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That's Guernsey, right? GB + G. Gibraltar is GBZ if I'm not mistaken.
Yes, it is.
GBZ: Gribraltar
GBG: Guernsey
GBJ: Jersey
GBM: Man
I've never spotted any of them, though.
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Russians get everywhere, even more than Dutch. 1000 km is nothing for them. Few days ago I was around Lake Garda and Russian plates were as common as in Helsinki if not even more.
I also saw GBG plate for the first time (do you find out which country is it without Google?)
I confirm, there's quite a lot Russian plates here in summer, mostly on expensive cars and with Moscow codes (I always google them to see if I find something more exotic like Vladivostok or something else very eastern).
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In real life, electronic toll collection was first introduced in Bergen, Norway in 1986, and well into the 21th century many countries still struggle to implement it.
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Old May 4th, 2017, 04:00 PM   #36148
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I've seen RU car somewhere on a motorway between Manchester and York. I also see from time to time BY (not Bavaria ) around Munich.

GBZ I've seen of course in Gibraltar :P
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Old May 4th, 2017, 04:23 PM   #36149
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I only got St. Petersburg in Central Spain back in 2011. And I remember seeing a car from Guernsey once.
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In 2015 I was strolling through the dunes near Tarifa, which is the southernmost point of mainland Spain. There was a car parked with a GBG plate. First I thought, O.K., no big deal because Gibraltar is nearby. Then I realized GBG is not Gibraltar but Guernsey.
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Old May 4th, 2017, 06:09 PM   #36151
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Russians are coming with cars here in Croatia in the summer too. probably it is more aadventure than flying for them.

I am now thinking about European plates that are probably the rarest here in HR, it is definitely Finland. I saw it maybe 2 or 3 times. ok, excluding Iceland which I saw once, maybe twice.
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I remember a huge SUV (don't remember the model) with Russian plates struggling its way through the very narrow streets of Sirmione, on lake Garda...

A waitress at an ice cream shop in the old town was outraged and told me that she, not resident there (only employed) cannot enter the town with her teeny tiny car, and has to park - paying - very far away, while rich Russians come with their giant cars and can roam around the town paying nothing...
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Old May 4th, 2017, 06:25 PM   #36153
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I've never seen Iceland, Malta, Kosovo, all British territories, Aland.
Seen only once: Faer-Oer, Transnistria (in Austria)
Very rarely seen: Andorra, Ireland, Estonia, Liechtenstein, Turkey (on cars, trucks are common)

Non-European plates spotted: USA (cars from Texas, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Kansas, California, Virginia), Canada (two cars from Ontario), Japan (a motorcycle in Budapest), Iraq (a truck), Iran (a few trucks), Georgia (a few trucks), Tunisia (a truck), Algeria (a car), Russia (truck from Novosibirsk and cars from Ekaterinburg/Celjabinsk).
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Old May 4th, 2017, 06:27 PM   #36154
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I remember a huge SUV (don't remember the model) with Russian plates struggling its way through the very narrow streets of Sirmione, on lake Garda...

A waitress at an ice cream shop in the old town was outraged and told me that she, not resident there (only employed) cannot enter the town with her teeny tiny car, and has to park - paying - very far away, while rich Russians come with their giant cars and can roam around the town paying nothing...
It's not that he was allowed to do so, he just did it risking to being fined (because he didn't know it was forbidden or just didn't care).
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Maybe they are just so rich that paying a fine is nothing for them.
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Old May 4th, 2017, 07:38 PM   #36156
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I've never seen Iceland, Malta, Kosovo, all British territories, Aland.
Seen only once: Faer-Oer, Transnistria (in Austria)
Very rarely seen: Andorra, Ireland, Estonia, Liechtenstein, Turkey (on cars, trucks are common)

Non-European plates spotted: USA (cars from Texas, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Kansas, California, Virginia), Canada (two cars from Ontario), Japan (a motorcycle in Budapest), Iraq (a truck), Iran (a few trucks), Georgia (a few trucks), Tunisia (a truck), Algeria (a car), Russia (truck from Novosibirsk and cars from Ekaterinburg/Celjabinsk).
It is because you are not located on the gastarbeiter commuting route Just visit Hungarian M1 motorway and you are very likely to see all European plates

Very common exotic plates here are Greek, Macedonian, Turkish, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Russian.

Few times I've seen Iranian and Irish plates.

I have never seen Malta here, but saw Cyprus once.

From the strangest observations I've ever seen the top was the black Belarusian Cadillac GMT K2XL Escalade with all limo-dimmed windows and the licence plate 1111-AA-11 overtaking me on the Bratislava bypass at 140 kph. First I thought Lukashenko had arrived
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I've never seen Iceland, Malta, Kosovo, all British territories, Aland.
Seen only once: Faer-Oer, Transnistria (in Austria)
Very rarely seen: Andorra, Ireland, Estonia, Liechtenstein, Turkey (on cars, trucks are common)
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ok, i didn't think of those displaced teritorries.
you are right for Andorra and Turkey on cars, I saw Andorra only in Spain. the same stands for Monaco, very rarely seen, although i saw it. for instance, Liechenstein and San Marino are much more often. Ireland and Estonia I also see quite often during the summer. but Finland - no way.
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Old May 4th, 2017, 08:33 PM   #36158
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Just before the summer starts I see a lot of foreign (european) plates transiting on the way to Greece. I see Romanian, Hungarian, Slovak, Polish cars and buses, and I've just spotted Moldavian plate starting with the letter "C", so probably that's their capital city code.
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I've only seen RKS plates once at the border between MNE and AL
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Old May 4th, 2017, 09:40 PM   #36160
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It's not that he was allowed to do so, he just did it risking to being fined (because he didn't know it was forbidden or just didn't care).
No, tourist lodging in one of the town's hotel are allowed to do so.
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