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I found this lying unfinished around on my computer, and because I’ve got no comic today you’ll have to do with this.

Being the Dane I am, I of course forgot the Sami People (the Nordic "Indians").

EDIT: Yes, Sweden got Norway later on, but that is not what the bottom picture is about. For many years the Nordics were separated in West-North and East-North. When Sweden got Norway that messed up the separation of West and East and marked Denmark’s decline from power.

16th August 2010
 


346 Comments:
 
2 months ago #9194989        

@Lasienkeli It was the other way around.



3 months ago #9157111        

@tamlinsgrove ...Estranged, especially because comparisons between the Nordic states and the Baltic states often ignores the distinction between linguistic and ethnic details, instead fixating on generalizations made within politics. Exceptions like the Finno-Ugric languages in origin--Finnish, Estonian, Livonian, Magyar, and Sami are denoted, but Sweden laid claim to contemporary Finland, for centuries, whence Finland's claim to be "Nordic". Meanwhile, peripheral lands that are contemporary Estonia, Latvia and Russia (Vyborg and Ingria) were very minute, temporary settlements, overshadowed at this point by Baltic German colonization and Russian imperialism.



4 months ago #9145613        

At one point Denmark was a part of Norway



4 months ago #9142405        

Well, in geographical terms, "Scandinavia" refers to the peninsula of Sweden and Norway. Culturally, it refers to the closely related Danish, Swedish and Norwegian cultures. "Fenno-Scandinavia" is a bit of both: it's geographical insofar that the three nations are connected, but the fact that Carelia, Ingria or the Baltics (or indeed Russia or the rest of the Eurasian continent :P) aren't included shows a form of "Scandinocentrism". Finland is in many ways culturally distinct from the Scandinavian countries but shares a lot of their history, while Russia has always been the great boogieman in Sweden and Finland and the Baltic states have become very estranged from its neighbours since the beginning of the Cold War.



HydroIT

23 M
5 months ago #9126876        

Question though -
If "Scandinavia" refers to Sweden, Denmark and Norway, shouldn't Fenno-Scandinavia include Denmark aswell? Hmpf.



shaddie

16 F
5 months ago #9118181        

I have learned so much more history and geografy from you when from school



5 months ago #9118072        

Hey @plgirlpl



5 months ago #9115737        

@Meanwhile
Hey ther



5 months ago #9115132        

@CharlesXI if you want to go a head.



plgirlpl

17 F
5 months ago #9114932        

@CharlesXI
yes?



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