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Old 08-22-2010, 04:03 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Are they more like Sweden, Norway, Finland, etc, or more like Poland, Czech Republic, and Russia?
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Old 08-22-2010, 05:36 AM
 
Location: Europe (GER)
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Are they more like Sweden, Norway, Finland, etc, or more like Poland, Czech Republic, and Russia?
Neither Scandinavian (Finland s not part of Scandinavia) nor Russian. They are Baltic/ Finno-Ugric (Estonia).
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Old 08-22-2010, 05:52 AM
 
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Latvia & Lithuania were part of the former USSR/communist block. So I believe Russian is still a dominant second language in these countries.
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Old 08-22-2010, 09:14 AM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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They are from Balto-Slavic group so they are related to Russia and other Slavic countries but not as much as those Slavic countries are related to each other. Genetically they are mostly the same DNA as Finnish or Estonian people (uralic). There are big Russian minorities in both countries and most people I imagine speak Russian (either as first or second language).
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Old 08-22-2010, 02:20 PM
 
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What do you mean by "similar" ? Generally, both countries are similar to bigger part of North-Central-Eastern Europe - both have beautiful old cities (anything from medieval, baroque architecture and beyond), predominantly flat or hilly terrain with lots of greenery, forests and lakes. Language wise - Russian is much more common in Latvia, since about 30% of population is Russian. In Lithuania only 5% population is Russian, but most people at least understand Russian to some degree (older generation is more likely to be near fluent).
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Old 08-23-2010, 09:19 AM
 
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Lithuania has a long of strong historic ties to Poland. Similar attitudes (strong resistance to Communism and historic Russian occupation, and a lingering distrust of Russia). Although the language is different. In Chicagoland SW side, Lithuanian immigrants lived in generally the same neighborhoods as Polish immigrants.
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Old 08-23-2010, 01:16 PM
 
Location: PriBaltica!
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They are from Balto-Slavic group so they are related to Russia and other Slavic countries
I'm not so sure about that.
Russian has influenced both languages but they still are of completely different language branch. They seem and sound worlds apart.

About countries - not the same as Russia but also not exactly Europe.
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Old 08-23-2010, 10:52 PM
 
Location: Singapore
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The Baltics are unique.

Sure, surrounding countries have an influence but the Baltics are the Baltics.
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Old 08-23-2010, 11:21 PM
 
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I'd guess they have similarities to Estonia. Although I think Lithuania and Poland were once part of a joint-kingdom or something. Lithuania, like Poland, is historically a Catholic country. Although I don't think they're practicing Catholics as often as the Poles.
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Old 08-24-2010, 05:14 AM
 
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I'd guess they have similarities to Estonia. Although I think Lithuania and Poland were once part of a joint-kingdom or something. Lithuania, like Poland, is historically a Catholic country. Although I don't think they're practicing Catholics as often as the Poles.
During the 14th century, Lithuania was the largest country in Europe: present-day Belarus, Ukraine, and parts of Poland and Russia were territories of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. With the Lublin Union of 1569, Poland and Lithuania formed a new state, the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. The Commonwealth lasted more than two centuries, until neighboring countries systematically dismantled it from 1772 to 1795, with the Russian Empire annexing most of Lithuania's territory.
In the aftermath of World War I, Lithuania's Act of Independence was signed on 16 February 1918, declaring the re-establishment of a sovereign state. Starting in 1940, Lithuania was occupied first by the Soviet Union and then by Nazi Germany. As World War II neared its end in 1944 and the Nazis retreated, the Soviet Union reoccupied Lithuania. On 11 March 1990, Lithuania became the first Soviet republic to declare independence.
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