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Should women have better employment opportunities than men?

Question by doodlebugjimv10: Should women have better employment opportunities than men?
Some countries are giving women are head start on men e.g. in Norway at least 40% of company directors must be female, or be shut down by the government http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2008/mar/06/women.discriminationatwork

In the UK the deputy Prime Minister, Harriet Harman, has publicly requested employers to hire women in preference to White men if both job candidates are equally qualified http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/harman-defends-positive-discrimination-plans-854475.html

Especially when unemployment is rising, is it fair that women are getting better employment opportunities than men?

Best answer:

Answer by Cody
Women should not have better oppurtunities than men. They should have the same.

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Question by joecole: tax claim for tourist in swedish?
hi, I am a student in sweden. I wana take hold of the opportunity to reclaim the tax for the computer that i bought here. What is the longest time I can keep the laptop in swedish before the tax claim becomes invalid?

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Answer by Anna S
Here’s the info, all the applicable regulations, from the Swedish Internal Revenue Service:

If you are visiting Sweden and reside in a
country outside of the EU (a third country),
you can recover the VAT on the goods you
purchased in Sweden. You must however take the
goods with you out of the EU. Special rules apply if
you are visiting from Norway or the Åland Islands.
See below.

You always pay VAT when you make a purchase. When
leaving Sweden, you can get your VAT refunded either
by a certification agent or the retail outlet where you purchased
the goods. This means that you do not get your
VAT refunded at the Swedish Tax Authority or Customs.
You must have a passport or equivalent identification
that shows that you reside in a third country.
If you are a Swedish citizen, you will only be considered
a resident of a third country if you can prove that you
will reside there for at least 12 months. You can prove
your residence by showing documentation such as a
residence permit for the country in question or an
employment contract for the same country.

Visitors from non-Nordic third countries
If you reside in a country outside of the EU, though
not in Norway or on the Åland Islands, the following
rules apply for VAT refunds:
• the price of the article is at least SEK 200
including VAT
• the article is taken out outside the EU
• this is done before the end of the third month
after the month the article was purchased.
For example: If the article was purchased on
January 14th, the deadline will be April 30th.

Getting your VAT refund
You can get a VAT refund by making your purchase in a
retail outlet affiliated with an authorized certification
agent. Such retail outlets usually display a “TAX FREE
shopping” sign. When you leave the EU the certification
agent will check that the purchased article is being taken
out of the EU, and the agent will then refund your VAT
less a processing fee. You can also get a VAT refund
afterwards from the retail outlet where you purchased
the goods, so long as the retail outlet agrees to do so.
Swedish retail outlets are not obliged by law to make
such direct refunds. Please make sure that you and the
retail outlet agree beforehand, if you want to get a
refund directly from the retail outlet.
In such cases, you will declare the goods at Customs
when you take them out of the EU. Customs will then
stamp your invoice or equivalent document. You will
then send that document to the retail outlet where you
purchased the goods.
If you intend to leave the EU via Norway, please be
aware that the border-crossings stations are not always
manned.
You can also request that the retail outlet send
the goods to an address outside of the EU. Thus,
regardless of the price of the goods, the goods are
classed as export items and will consequently not be
subject to VAT.

Visitors from Norway or the Åland Islands
If you reside in Norway or on the Åland Islands,
the following rules apply for VAT refunds:
• the price of the article is at least SEK 1,000
excluding VAT
• the article is taken to Norway or the Åland
Islands within 14 days of the date of purchase
and VAT was paid with the purchase.
The minimum of SEK 1,000 excluding VAT may also be
applied to a set of goods such as silverware or china.

Getting your VAT refund
You can also get a VAT refund afterwards from the
retail outlet where you purchased the goods, so long as
the retail outlet agrees to do so. Swedish retail outlets
are not obliged by law to make such refunds. Please
make sure that you and the retail outlet agree beforehand,
if you want to get a refund directly from the retail
outlet.
In such cases, you will first pay VAT in your resident
country. A document showing that you paid VAT in
your resident country should then be sent to the retail
outlet where you purchased the goods.
You can also request that the retail outlet send the
goods to an address in Norway or on the Åland Islands.
Thus, regardless of the price, the goods are classed as
export items and will consequently not be subject to VAT.

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