View Poll Results: Which nation is most similar to original Indo-Europeans?

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  • Austria

    5 2.11%
  • Belarus

    5 2.11%
  • Belgium

    1 0.42%
  • Denmark

    1 0.42%
  • England

    5 2.11%
  • Estonia

    1 0.42%
  • Finland

    13 5.49%
  • France

    12 5.06%
  • Germany

    16 6.75%
  • Iceland

    10 4.22%
  • Ireland

    23 9.70%
  • Latvia

    9 3.80%
  • Lithuania

    36 15.19%
  • The Netherlands

    6 2.53%
  • Norway

    7 2.95%
  • Poland

    37 15.61%
  • Russia

    31 13.08%
  • Scotland

    3 1.27%
  • Sweden

    16 6.75%
  • Switzerland

    0 0%
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    Which Nation is Most Similar to the Original Indo-Europeans?

    Please vote and motivate your answer. Note that i mean similarity in an anthropological or racial context.

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    Since I believe that the modern European is the result of a mix between IE:s and older stocks, I voted Russia. The IE:s came from parts of Russia I think.

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    I can't vote, but I would vote Lithuania: their language is the closest to proto-Indo-European.

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    Ireland. With the Exception of Ulster, I do'nt believe it has receive any significant population inflows since before Christ. I know there were Vikings & Normans, but they were primarily a small ruling elite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalevi
    I can't vote, but I would vote Lithuania: their language is the closest to proto-Indo-European.
    Lithuania is now added to poll

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    IMHO the idea of this poll is ridiculous. Indo-European is a linguistical term, yet te title is which nation is most similar to Indo-European. That doesn't make any sense.

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    Balts are supposed to have the oldest IE language, aren't they?

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    Ireland. With the Exception of Ulster, I do'nt believe it has receive any significant population inflows since before Christ. I know there were Vikings & Normans, but they were primarily a small ruling elite.
    Linguistically, Celtic languages are not terribly close to PIE.

    IMHO the idea of this poll is ridiculous. Indo-European is a linguistical term, yet te title is which nation is most similar to Indo-European. That doesn't make any sense.
    Where languages travel exchanged, so do genes. We can certainly say the Indo-Aryan people shared blood and language. This probably applies to all IE peoples.

    Balts are supposed to have the oldest IE language, aren't they?
    Yes, along with Slavs. Russian is probably the living language closest to Proto-Indo-European.
    Out of life's school of war...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcs
    Where languages travel exchanged, so do genes. We can certainly say the Indo-Aryan people shared blood and language. This probably applies to all IE peoples.
    Genes are always inherited, but one does not necessarily learn the mothertongue from parents. In most cases they do, of course.

    It is very likely that proto-Europids, the Upper-Paleolithic peoples did not speak proto-IE languages, but some other language.

    Yes, along with Slavs. Russian is probably the living language closest to Proto-Indo-European.
    Baltic languages are close to Sanskrit and this is especially the case with Lithuanian which is more archaic language than Latvian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ajatar
    Lithuania is now added to poll
    The vote-button doesn't work at all.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ajatar
    IMHO the idea of this poll is ridiculous. Indo-European is a linguistical term, yet te title is which nation is most similar to Indo-European. That doesn't make any sense.
    I thought this was about which modern people is ethnically closest to the original Indo-European speaking people, the people of the Kurgan culture that lived north of the black sea at around 4000 BC.



    From there they expanded and eventually their language spread almost everywhere from Ireland to India.

    So, from that way it makes sense. You could only ask if it's meaningful to compare ethnicities of neolithic and post-industrial peoples.

    I don't think the answer to the question lies in Western Europe. Genetically the original Indo-European speakers did not left much fingerprints in the European gene pool, we're all still mostly paleolithic. My approach is that when the lands of Balts and Eastern Slavs aren't terribly far away from the original expansion center, therefore they must have been more similar to the Kurgan peoples before their invasion, and also gained more of their influences during it. Western Europeans, in comparison, have strong pre-IE substratum in their languages.

    I still vote for Lithuania.

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