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Old 04-19-2011, 07:07 PM
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I would not say england is culturally far from my country Denmark. I definitely feel closer to the English than i do to the French.

We get alot of british TV which might add to the connection, plus english football is aired alot here.
But then again, i i think this is true for basically all of Northern Europe

Old 04-19-2011, 07:07 PM
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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As far as religion goes, the U.K. is a predominantly secular / atheist / agnostic country, with only about 37% of the population professing belief in a God, but with a tradition of a protestant state church. This puts it in the same class as the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, and Belgium.

I also find this map, which has been out for at least a few years, very interesting. It's based on results from the World Value Survey, and graphs countries on two axises (Secular Rational-Traditional and Survival-Creativity). The results are truly fascinating. The U.K. is nearest to Austria on it.
Old 04-20-2011, 01:16 AM
Location: Belgium
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Like most people here, I think the country that most closely resembles England are the Netherlands. Although we in Flanders (Dutch-speaking part of Belgium) also have some similarities with our neighbors across the Channel.
Nonetheless these are very relative discussions, as I think England really is kind of a "bridge-country" between the Continent and the States.
Old 04-20-2011, 01:35 AM
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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Its been a long time since I've been to Europe but I felt that Switzerland and Germany culturally had that more formal culture like Britain does.

Never been to Italy or Spain but these places are known to be more casual, laid back and less formal. I got the feeling that British culture is very prim and proper the way German culture is.
Old 04-23-2011, 05:18 PM
Location: Brussels, Belgium
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Personnally I'd say the Netherlands, they are not the same but out of all the European countries, I think this is the closest you can get.
Old 04-24-2011, 10:43 PM
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No one really but the Germans always seem to think we are similar to them. Ethnic wise probably the Scandinavians, Dutch,Germans and Northern French.The one thing we probably have similar with this lot is they like drinking beer and watching football.
Old 04-24-2011, 10:55 PM
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The closest would be Gibraltar. English is the official language and the currency is the pound
Old 04-27-2011, 01:08 PM
Location: Flanders, Belgium
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I live in Belgium, so not far from England. The Netherlands are the most like England. Denmark as a second maybe. Not Belgium, not France or any other country "on the continent".

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Old 04-27-2011, 01:24 PM
Location: Scotland
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Originally Posted by other99 View Post
The closest would be Gibraltar. English is the official language and the currency is the pound
i don't think you can say two countries are similar because they have the same language and currency, we share a language with the us and australia but are culturally closer to the netherlands and germany
Old 05-03-2011, 05:58 PM
Location: Luton, UK
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Beyond a shadow of a doubt, it's Denmark. I've been there many times as my brother moved there 7 years ago (and loves it). Danes are equally Euro skeptic, equally reserved (but in a slightly different way), the towns and cities have a similar vibe + the drinking culture. Also, English Premier League football is big in Denmark with many Danes supporting a British team of their choice. I think that if I could live anywhere else in Europe and feel completely at home, my home would be Denmark. I don't know why our 2 countries are so strikingly similar in so many ways. You have to go to both countries to realise it.

Netherlands? No. The Netherlands are more like Germany.
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