I never realized how similar the flags of the Scandinavian countries are,
including Finland. Thanks for the links!
Behalf Of Ron
Sent: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 8:30 PM
Subject: Re: [S-R] mailings FINISH CONNECTION
In grade school it was a surprise to learn Finland is part of Scandinavia,
but geographically it makes sense if you don't limit yourself to the one
peninsula, and so often Denmark & Iceland are included.... I found Finland
is regularly considered Scandinavian in Europe. While working on US
embassies in the Baltics I spent time in Estonia as well & learned how the
Estonians kept up with Western news through Finnish television.
Finnish & Estonian are closely related. Hungarian is distantly related. To
find more Finno-Urgic speaking peoples you have to go into northern Siberia.
For an emmigrant perspective on 'Scandinavian' check out
for another view, somewhat contradictory (where can you find an ethnic topic
without contradictions ?)
Just the flags sharing a common theme with varying colors gives a hint of
the close association. I will leave the rest to politicians and geographers
for finer divisions. By the way, a Scandinavian geographer determined that
the middle point of Europe is 25 km due north of Vilnius, Lithuania! So
Slovakia is quite Central European, not Eastern Euro.
The Balts (Estonia, Lithuania& Latvia) also group themselves together,
although Latvia and Lithuania share similar languages & Estonian is again
quite different. Estonia and Lithuania have strong ties to Scandinavia,
while Latvia is more removed. Just do not confuse Baltics with Balkans!
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