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Old 03-26-2009, 10:48 AM
 
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Eh, it is hardly a stereotype...? Or does all the history books in Sweden lie?
Lots of Swedes in MN, but they are outnumbered by Germans on a statewide basis.
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Old 03-26-2009, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Bayou City
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Gee what a loaded question.
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Old 03-26-2009, 11:12 PM
 
Location: Memphis
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Germans and Scandinavians are very similar, I don't see what difference it makes regarding the topic. How about replacing German with Germanic?
We might look the similar but we are hardly similar culturally
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Old 03-27-2009, 08:18 AM
 
Location: West Coast of Europe
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We might look the similar but we are hardly similar culturally
I have to disagree. Sure, if you look at Europe as if it were the entire world, then Scandinavians and Germans have different cultures. But on a worldwide scale they are basically the same. Scandinavia is from where Germanic peoples expanded into what is now Germany at the beginning of the first millennium BC, when Europe was still inhabited by Celtic and other peoples.

There is a seamless cultural transition between northern Germany and Scandinavia. Being German I could even learn Swedish within a few months, if I wanted to, which I don't. But a colleague of mine has moved from Southern Germany to Sweden for professional reasons and she said adapting was a snap because everything was already so familiar.

I guess some people WANT to see a big difference in order to stake their own identity, thus they blow little details in which they differ out of proportion.
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Old 03-27-2009, 10:39 AM
 
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"When you're in love, the whole world is German".
-Albert Burkhalter
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Old 03-27-2009, 10:55 AM
 
Location: West Coast of Europe
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"When you're in love, the whole world is German".
-Albert Burkhalter
What does he mean by that? That the whole world seams to speak German because you don't understand the world anymore?
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Old 03-27-2009, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Houston
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Well, I am a german. I moved to the U.S. some years ago. Kinda funny to read what people think we are or what we are not - even though they haven't been to Europe

There is a huge difference between Scandinavians and Germans. I don't know what makes people think there's not.

And no, a german can not learn swedish or whatever in a few months That would be dutch.
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Old 03-27-2009, 08:32 PM
 
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Well, I am a german. I moved to the U.S. some years ago. Kinda funny to read what people think we are or what we are not - even though they haven't been to Europe

There is a huge difference between Scandinavians and Germans. I don't know what makes people think there's not.

And no, a german can not learn swedish or whatever in a few months That would be dutch.
I totally disagree, the difference between Scandinavians and Germans (especially from the north) is not big at all. It is like that between the Spaniards and the Portuguese. Both these countries think the difference is big, but only because they want it to be big in order to define their respective identities. But to someone outside the peninsula those countries are very similar, and rightly so. The same goes for Scandinavians and Germans (and Austrians, and Dutch, and half the Swiss etc.), to someone outside Europe they are pretty much the same.
Maybe you cannot learn Swedish fast, others sure can
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Old 03-27-2009, 08:39 PM
 
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My grandmother is German and very hardworking, but has the biggest heart. I think that Germans are honest people who dont bs, work hard and play hard, and would do anything for their family.

Im from the toronto area which is not nearly as german as america, and especially the midwest, but i wish it was.

Does MN have a lot of norweigans too?
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Old 03-27-2009, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Houston
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I don't know if you have been to Germany or one of the Scandinavian countries, but I have of course. And I can tell you that there is a difference, and swedish/german are totally different languages.

Kind of assuming you are german ( nickname ). But then you should know better.


By the way, I am not talking about the skin color. Just because there are blondes in both countries, dosent mean it's the same.
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