From a playground in Tallinn, Estonia, where my kids were lucky enough to spend some of their playground years.
The 20 foot rope thing, which never would have passed muster with US lawyers, was part of the new safe equipment. The old Soviet-era stuff was truly menacing - usually featuring something very heavy, steel and moving.
My kids were born in Japan, same kind of thing. The playground equipment on the U.S. bases was being replaced with the new pussy stuff from the states at the time, but off-base the Japanese still had good equipment in their parks.