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    Quote Originally Posted by Sigebrond View Post
    Let's see, I am very reserved (but, like Northerners I guess, like and highly respect bluntness and directness. I like to think I am not as stuck up or as uptight as a lot of people from the South East). I rarely show any emotion, and people who are incapable of controlling their emotions completely repulse me, so I guess I am the "stiff upper lip" type as well. I have a lot of love for rural crafts and country cooking, I like to think I am a connoisseur when it comes to tea and ale, and I honestly think English food is one of the best cuisines out there (or broadly speaking British food, as Irish people eat pretty healthily). I am also I guess unashamedly elitist, I can't stand sickeningly middle class people, and dim-witted, shallow and extremely pretentious middle class types, but certain types of blatant and unapologetic snobbery I can kind of respect and relate to a bit. I guess a lot of this boils down to cultural/social conservatism, and a "cultural" class snobbery.

    However, I don't complain about the weather really unless it's extremely hot, I love cold and don't really like the heat (but try to enjoy the Summer and keep busy outdoors all the same). Many English people complain about the weather ALL THE TIME, regardless of what it's doing. When it's winter it's too cold and too wet, as soon as it reaches Summer it's too hot and too dry, or too bright. English people are impossible to please. I am not. I like proper seasons, and I am just fine with the cold seasons. If you don't like cold weather dress warm, or even better, do some work then you won't get cold in the first place.

    Also the more I here about Scandinavians the more I feel I can relate to them (despite having not got round to going myself yet). Perhaps friendlier than us Southerners, sure, but from what I here they like a lot of personal space and solitude, and peace and quiet. I guess other Nordic people in general have a reputation for being very blunt and direct, again something I respect a lot, but don't always practice (I do sometimes, though).
    Some of my neighbours probably think I am a bit of a snob because I don't talk to them much. But I just have little in common with them, it's not that I don't respect them. I can be impatient with people who only talk about trivia.

    I don't mind talking about the weather. It is very changable here. But some people do complain when it's perfectly normal for the time of year. It reminds me of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xys_YS0HeY

    The Dutch have a reputation for being direct, and maybe they over-do it because they are the only Europeans I've not always got along with. Saying what you think is okay if you are sure you know what you are talking about, but it can take a little time to see the other person's point of view.

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    I've been conflicted, because I feel affected by two sides of many stories. I don't like leaving contradictory impressions, but it seems unavoidable.

    I'm both Northern New Englander and Southern Virginian, American and Canadian, British and Irish, Dane and Anglo-Saxon, Yorkshire and Middlesex.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aelfgar View Post
    Some of my neighbours probably think I am a bit of a snob because I don't talk to them much. But I just have little in common with them, it's not that I don't respect them. I can be impatient with people who only talk about trivia.

    I don't mind talking about the weather. It is very changable here. But some people do complain when it's perfectly normal for the time of year. It reminds me of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xys_YS0HeY

    The Dutch have a reputation for being direct, and maybe they over-do it because they are the only Europeans I've not always got along with. Saying what you think is okay if you are sure you know what you are talking about, but it can take a little time to see te other person's point of view.
    Haha Billy's spot on. Reminds me of Bill Hicks ranting about people in LA who love how it's hot and sunny all the time ("what are you a fucking lizard?")

    I am like that with neighbours really. I like going to villages where there are fewer people and everyone's genuinely friendly. I can't be bothered with small talk here, I wouldn't know what to say to most people. I guess a disdain for small talk is a generally Northern European thing. I used to really hate this custom we have of saying hello to people as soon as you're in the woods, when you wouldn't bother saying hello to them on the street. I do quite like this however, it's strange but nice to see nature bring out the best in people as soon as they retreat from civilisation.

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    I thought I was a stereotypical American. I never felt a division in our society and I was taught to understand how our government worked and was that it was my duty to be involved. Care about my fellow citizens and believe in constructive disagreement and compromise. I own two successful businesses which employ members from the community and I do what I can to support our community. I consider myself a socialist democrat because I believe in our entitlement systems put in place after the great depression, free public education, regulatory rules where needed and embrace a global economy with an emphasis on human rights. I think that we were given a living constitution by our Founders so that we would always work toward a more perfect union. Now I am not so sure that I am in the majority. At this point I am just angry and worried that this country I care so much about has become so divided that we may just lose this Republic we have. I feel as if I want to leave here to live in Canada, Scandinavian, or Germany, France. As a patriot I need to stand and fight this horrible regime that has hijacked a whole political party. Just today he said he wished the American people would stand at attention for him like the North Koreans do for their leader. I can't believe this dude hasn't been tossed but then, his propaganda is deafening. I think is formally stereotypical Americans are becoming endangered. Or in danger. I did quite enjoy my life as an American, now it is not so enjoyable. 😭

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    You're a globalist. Washington and the Founding Fathers were nativists. Your head is screwed on backwards. There's nothing typically American about your disposition. Your hysteria is like so many left-wing propaganda outlets in the media. It's all dishonest rhetoric. Think for yourself, for once.

    I'm feeling more folkishness lately, by embracing all three colonial vectors: English, Dutch and Swedish. As my cousin Lincoln said: a government of the people, by the people and for the people...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aelfgar View Post
    ..."The Dutch have a reputation for being direct, and maybe they over-do it........
    Saying what you think is okay if you are sure you know what you are talking about, but it can take a little time to see the other person's point of view:....
    No!





    Most of us are more direct towards others, because we don't feel like we should waste time on false manners.
    Example; when a foreigner/expat try to speak Dutch, they might apologise for speaking bad Dutch or not pronounce words the right way, then we(the Dutch) say: yes, your Dutch is indeed very bad, but let me help you to improve.
    No real hate there mate.



    As for the Dutch stereotype, I think I fit in most of them.
    However, I really dislike tulips and Heineken!
    ''Ginds de Waal, daar weer de IJssel, dan de Maas en ook de Rijn. Geeft ons recht om heel ons leven trots op Gelderland te zijn.''

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    In terms of how we stereotypically act?


    Well...I guess I should compare myself to Swedish now (as this is a germanic forum) ... and not to Finns.

    And; yes I act someway differently. I'm more straight than average Swedish are. I also often have stronger opinions about topics and I surely don't hide those either (no matter if I would know that some others will not agree with me). Meaning? I'm less polite and more honest.

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    I act someway differently. I'm more straight than average Swedish are.
    I know what you mean after being married to a Swede and having to have "Dinners" with the family.

    Who knew that people talked with their eyebrows...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hammish View Post
    I know what you mean after being married to a Swede and having to have "Dinners" with the family.

    Who knew that people talked with their eyebrows...
    LOL. Yes.

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    Hmm, I would say I'm not an especially stereotypical American, because I am more quiet and reserved and I speak somewhat softly. But I am friendly and direct at times, which I think is typically American.
    'Well, what are you?" said the Pigeon. "I can see you're trying to invent something!" "I-I'm a little girl," said Alice, rather doubtfully. She found herself at last in a beautiful garden, among the bright flower-beds and the cool fountains.



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