I am not planning to visit the USA in the near future. The reason is that applying for a visa requires that you give up more personal information than the Soviet Union wanted when you applied for a visa. You can read about the details in this BBC article: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48486672?_ga=2.231576413.313202008.1559550484-243538320.1516969180

I am going to Palma de Mallorca next week. I won't even need a passport, but I'll have one anyway. No one will check it at the Palma airport, though.


Cool BreezeI am not planning to visit the USA in the near future.

That's understandable. That policy certainly is intrusive. It brings the book 1984 to mind.

President Trump clearly has no idea what people think of him and the way he runs his country. He would like Norwegians to come and live in the USA: https://www.vox.com/2018/1/11/16880750/trump-immigrants-shithole-countries-norway

I cannot think of a single reason why a Norwegian would want to emigrate to the USA. Norway has a high living standard and a very good and equitable education system. Norwegians pay high taxes, but pay little or nothing for education and health care. Everybody gets a good pension when they retire.

If a Norwegian went to live in the USA permanently, President Trump would in a way be the Norwegian's president, too. The vast majority of Norwegians would find that unthinkable. Norwegians are civilized people and want a civilized ruler.

A Finnish diplomat friend of mine once said that the USA is a successful developing country. What he meant was that even though the standard of living of the rich and the middle classes is high, there is a lot of poverty and injustice, and that in many ways the USA bears a resemblance to the developing countries.