Friday, June 26, 2009

Innovasjon Norge (Innovation Norway)

"Innovation Norway promotes nationwide industrial development profitable to both the business economy and Norway's national economy, and helps release the potential of different districts and regions by contributing towards innovation, internationalisation and promotion."

1) Internasjonale modeller for fellesgodefinansiering (19 March 2006)
In this report the writer mentions the Canadian province of British Columbia in Canada. It states: "Whistler, Canada Provincial Government (delstaten British Colombia) innkrever hoteltax...Whistler ligger i delstaten British Colombia, sydvest i Canada. I 1966 åpnet Whistler som vintersportsted med 1 skitrekk, dobbel stolheis og gondol." This is not correct. First British Columbia is spelt "British Columbia", not "Colombia". Colombia is a country located in South America. Second, British Columbia is a province in Canada, not a state as is mentioned in brackets. Canada does not have, and has never had states. Mexico and the USA are the only two countries in North America with states. It seems the writer knows the province has a "Provincial Government" and not a "state government", but somehow thinks the province is a state. It would be helpful in international business development to at least use the correct Canadian terms and spellings of Canadian provinces to do business with Canada and Canadians.

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