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Thread: Scandinavia vs. Norden and the Baltic Region/The Difference Between Scandinavian, Nordic and Baltic

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    I wanted to add that the term Nordic is derived from Norse which has it's etymology rooted in old dutch word "noorch" "from the North" or "Norwegian". The Old English term for someone from the viking settlements and territories was a Northman. There were a variety of other terms for the groups around the baltic such as a "Kvelander" refering to someone from what is now Finland.

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    Faroe Islands is NOT scandinavia.. i repeat NOT scandinavia!!

    We are norse proud people on our own north-germanics living there.. Lots of similarities with the DNA of the western Norwegian.. But we are NOT scandinavia.

    Scandinavia is only Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland maybe...

    Scandinavia is hundreds of miles away from Faroe Islands and from Iceland..

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    You can only ever be what you once were ... and so where did your people come from, really? Where did Icelanders come from.... what myths did they bring with them and then so diligently and faithfully record for all to study?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carl View Post
    You can only ever be what you once were ... and so where did your people come from, really? Where did Icelanders come from.... what myths did they bring with them and then so diligently and faithfully record for all to study?
    Not to dredge anything old up, but the people and culture are decendents from Scandinavians (and, a lot of celtic DNA in those places as well, as I am led to believe) but the land itself is not Scandinavian, it is as he said many miles away from Scandinavia (in the sense that, Australia isn't the British Isles, as it is far away from there).

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    Lightbulb What Are the Differences Between Nordic and Scandinavian?

    What are the differences between Nordic and Scandinavian?

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    Strictly speaking, Scandinavia refers only to the countries of the Scandinavian peninsula which are Norway and Sweden. Usually Denmark is included as well.

    The Nordic countries comprise Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Finland.
    Close observation may result in feelings of horror, wonder and awe at world you find yourself inhabiting.

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    More often, Scandinavia refers to Denmark, Norway Sweden and usually Finland, with Iceland and sometimes Greenland added loosely as common heritage and history nations.

    In short, nearly all Scandinavians are Nordic (at least partially if not fully), however not all Nordic people are necessarily Scandinavian proper.

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    What about the Pharaose Islands? Or is that included in Denmark?

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    Well, I'm not sure, but having read wikipedia, it can be said with some degree of confidence that countries such as Shetland and Orkney, Scotland, England, Northern Germany and Estonia would never be considered Scandinavian and although they are not Nordic countries proper, they harbour a long and close relationship with and often identify with some or all of the Nordic countries, and under United Nations officialdom, they are all considered Northern European. Baring this in mind, it can be considered that, of course, 'Scandinavia/Scandinavian' refers to the countries and the peoples that reside in the particular countries that comprise the geographic region of Scandinavia, where as Nordic refers to the ethno-cultural and symbolic significance attached to the countries of the geographical region of Scandinavia, which explains why some countries outside of the region are considered 'associates' (or something of that nature) due to their long withstanding interactions. Baring this in mind, would it be fair to say that an immigrant to any Scandinavian country could be considered a 'Scandinavian' but they could not be considered, rightfully, 'Nordic'? In the same sort of sense that an immigrant to England could be considered 'British', due to their citizenship, but not English, Scottish or Welsh due to their lack of ethno-cultural and symbolic ties with the nation and the people.

    I'm just taking a stab at the dark though

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    The differences between 'Nordic' and 'Scandinavian'

    Are we talking geographically, genetically, or culturally here?
    A nation is an organic thing, historically defined.
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