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Oh how often I have been asked by Estonians, “Where is Estonia? We’re a Nordic country too!”

Problem is, the other Nordics doesn’t think so. :XD:

I asked around what the stereotypes for the Baltic countries were, and the overall answer was, “Very depressed people who wear grey and live in grey houses”

Estonia have a good relationship with Finland, which is why he doesn’t hide, but he doesn’t consider her a Nordic either which is why he doesn’t let her in. The Finland’ish hat is because Estonians are seen as being very much like Finns by the other Baltics.


4th August 2010

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NilsO

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2 years ago #9428790        
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Hi all,
European politics and country relationships are incredibly complex. The best explanation I have seen, is this diagram from Wikipedia:

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/1a/Supranational_European_Bodies-en.svg/800px-Supranational_European_Bodies-en.svg.png

The chart would be even more complex if autonomous territories such as Åland, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and Svalbard were to be included.

As for the traditional Nordic countries, about the only thing they have in common is membership in the Nordic Council. In the 1950s, the Council agreed on the Nordic Passport Union and common labor market, but otherwise each country's politics diverged, making closer cooperation (or a political union) impossible.

Nowadays, the Schengen agreement and the EU/EFTA free labor agreements have superseded these old treaties, The Nordic Council is just an inter-parliamentary "coffee club" without much purpose or new ideas except some cultural exchange and an idea of a common heritage or a common "Nordic culture". But perhaps the political divergence necessitates a more informal "coffee club", where practical problems can be discussed.

As for the Baltics, there are several factors in favor of a closer cooperation with the Nordic countries:
* All are small countries within a defined geographic region
* We have a big neighbor to the east that we need to handle with care
* There are common historical and cultural ties

If the Baltics want to become members of the Nordic council, they should be admitted. Today, they only have observer status.

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11 months ago #9522768        
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Estonia could be Nordic.

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1 year ago #9468134        
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Eesti can not into Nordic

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2 years ago #9421351        
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It would be cool if Latvia and Lithuania had their avatars too... So that, you know, I could represent Lithuania.

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4 months ago #9614735        
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Why can't we see more of Latvia and Lithuania?

9 months ago #9546432        
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This is very much a false stereotype. The fact that we, Estonians, are introverts doesn't mean we are grey and depressed, in fact we are absolutely nothing like Latvians or Lithuanians. We are, in reality, cheerful blonde northern people who love to dance and sing. Finland has really good relations with Estonia. They are very related to eachother and have always been there for eachother, it doesn't make any sense that Finland acts like that towards Estonia. The Finns who come to Estonia just to buy alcohol are just uncultured alcoholics who don't care about any country at all. Same with the other Nordics, Estonia has a good relation with them, a better one than with the Balts, even though many of them don't accept us as Nordic, since we're not a very rich country and our GDP per capita is much lower than the other Nordic countries (didn't use to be so, before the soviet union). If we would have not been occupied by the soviet union last century, right now we would be a completely perfect Nordic country.
http://www.nordicestonia.com - read through this and you will understand.

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1 year ago #9505740        
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I hope sometime later, there could be something like Brother Estonia, Lithuainia and Latvia.

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Vladivoj

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1 year ago #9489563        
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At least Finland seems to care for estonian vodka...

1 year ago #9479411        
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No, I feel so bad for Estonia everytime these comics come! xD

1 year ago #9469143        
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yay! my countryyy!

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