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Old March 1st, 2015, 12:04 PM   #21
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I do repeat that when I was in Norwegian I got the impression to hear a Germanic language ...
Since Norwegian is a north germanic language, it should not be a surprise if it sounds germanic.

If tha seeas a yow rigwetled, tha mun upskittle it.

That's english, yorkshire dialect to be precise, with the exception of two north germanic words, it is otherwise west germanic.

Window is of course one of the most famous norse words in english. Even the west germanic speakers use latin.


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I would not say this to a Lithuanian, since they indeed brought quite a powerful contribution to the Rzeczpospolica ....
I was referring to the fact that around 1900, Lithuanians made up only a small fraction (2%) of the population of their own capital and largest city. I don't know whether this is an anomaly that can be explained by the catastrophes the city experienced in the 18th century; nevertheless it is a notable fact.

It is true though that the situation in Lithuania was different from Latvia and Estonia, since there was a Lithuanian elite that for centuries determined the fate of their country, whereas in Latvia and Estonia it was more Baltic Germans and later Russians that governed the country.
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Are Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia more Germanic or are they more Nordic?
They are much more Baltic than anything
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Are Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia more Germanic or are they more Nordic?
After the Russification process under the Soviet Union, I think it would be important to add the option "Slavic".
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Are Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia more Germanic or are they more Nordic?
First off, Nordic is Germanic. Second off, the Baltic languages have their own category so the Baltic states are only related to Germanic stuff due to the fact that both groups are Indo-European.
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Nord is Germanic actually, but the nations you mentioned are not Germanic. Estonia is Finno-Ugric, but Lithuania and Latvia is Baltic. They have their own ethnic group. In terms of culture, they are close to Scandinavians, but in terms of ethnicity, they are somewhat related to the Slavic people, if anything.
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Nordic is germanic, as many have already pointed out. One could argue that these three nations have been heavily influenced by the german world and the nordic world over the centuries if not even a millenia. They share some traits in common with the nordic world other than their northerly location and their place in the baltic sea. I know estonia is doing everything it can to be part of the nordic world, while lithuania historically has a lot more in common with poland than with it's northern baltic neighbours (Lithuania is catholic while the other two nations historically have been lutheran). I wouldn't add the slavic component just yet because it is blatantly evident it's a bit of an 'imported' (ie by force by the soviet union) cultural identity of these nations who have probably never been happier than current times, what with their independence and all that. Their history at least in recent memory is quite tragic in my opinion, what imperial russia and then the soviet union did to these lands makes one appreciate that they even exist.
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Nordic is germanic, as many have already pointed out. One could argue that these three nations have been heavily influenced by the german world and the nordic world over the centuries if not even a millenia.
It is a matter of keen debate as to whether the germanic world arose out of the Nordic Bronze Age or the Jastorf Culture in northern Germany. There is no concensus.
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Like others,I agree the Baltic states can't be easily defined. Despite the Teutonic Knights efforts, the Balts themselves weren't completely eliminated. People such as the Vikings, Polish (especially on Lithuania), Russians and Germans have all left their genetic and cultural marks.
So far I know there were no migrations from Poland to Lithuania. So called Lithuanian Poles are descendants of Lithuanians who have adopted Polish language and culture since the 14th century when was made first Polish-Lithuanian union and when Lithuanians adopted western christianity. On the contrary - after WW2 large numbers of Lithuanians (Polish speaking Lithuanians) were expelled from Lithuania by Soviet Union to Poland.
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"Nordic" or "Northerners" are usually associated with high stature and in terms of height, Balts are among the taller peoples in Europe:

Distribution of average male height in Europe:

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Source: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science...70677X14000665

I was surprised by this rather short stature of the English males according to this data, on the other hand. But wikipedia confirms:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_h...ound_the_world

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