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Old 03-13-2015, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Duluth, MN
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I forget which city it is in Minnesota, but there's one where the street signs are in (what I assume to be) Finnish. I want to say it's Aurora, en route to Ely. But I may have simply assumed that because I went through Aurora on that particular trip.

But what do I know? I'm just a half-breed Swiss/Frenchman whose ancestors settled in Kelliher, MN and LaCrosse, WI, respectively

While I can't account for how I ended up being born in Vermont (grandfather couldn't read a map?), at least I'm a Minnesotan now (thankfully)!
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Old 03-13-2015, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Finland
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I've been told Finns are the laughing stock of other Minnesotan Scandinavian.

Such as "build by a Finn" = "poorly made"
Are they idiots I ask?

Let me introduce you to a map of Scandinavia:

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Old 03-13-2015, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Finland
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With all the Scandinavian influence in Minnesota, how come there's not much heavy metal music to come from there? I mean, Bob Dylan and Prince are good, but their music doesn't kick people in the face like this:



So what gives?
Since it's Friday let's listen to some proper Finnish music:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7kJRGPgvRQ
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Old 03-13-2015, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Finland
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I forget which city it is in Minnesota, but there's one where the street signs are in (what I assume to be) Finnish. I want to say it's Aurora, en route to Ely. But I may have simply assumed that because I went through Aurora on that particular trip.

But what do I know? I'm just a half-breed Swiss/Frenchman whose ancestors settled in Kelliher, MN and LaCrosse, WI, respectively

While I can't account for how I ended up being born in Vermont (grandfather couldn't read a map?), at least I'm a Minnesotan now (thankfully)!
Hmm didn't spot any in Aurora, but Hancock Michigan had multiple Finnish flags when I Google Street Viewed trough
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Old 03-13-2015, 03:52 PM
 
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Winona Ryder has Belgian and possibly Finnish ancestry on her mother's side. Her father is Jewish (from Romania and Russia). She's from Olmsted County, Minnesota. I love her.
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Old 03-15-2015, 11:59 PM
 
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Askov, MN has street signs that are, I believe, in Danish.

The Duluth area and Northern Wisconsin over to and through the UP of Michigan has a very large population of Finnish descent to this day. You see a lot of Finnish flags and related things in that area, and lots of Finnish names.

And geographically and politically, Finland is Scandinavian, but culturally and especially language-wise, it's really not. It's much closer to Russia and Estonia in that regard.
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Old 03-19-2015, 08:29 AM
 
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Askov, MN has street signs that are, I believe, in Danish.

The Duluth area and Northern Wisconsin over to and through the UP of Michigan has a very large population of Finnish descent to this day. You see a lot of Finnish flags and related things in that area, and lots of Finnish names.

And geographically and politically, Finland is Scandinavian, but culturally and especially language-wise, it's really not. It's much closer to Russia and Estonia in that regard.
I have always thought of Finland as Scandinavian and not Eastern European.
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Old 03-20-2015, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Finland
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Askov, MN has street signs that are, I believe, in Danish.

The Duluth area and Northern Wisconsin over to and through the UP of Michigan has a very large population of Finnish descent to this day. You see a lot of Finnish flags and related things in that area, and lots of Finnish names.

And geographically and politically, Finland is Scandinavian, but culturally and especially language-wise, it's really not. It's much closer to Russia and Estonia in that regard.
Sorry but you are not correct. Finnish language is related to Estonia but has nothing to do with Russian. Also culturally Finland is Nordic/Western, far from Russia. Estonia has close ties to Finland as 100k of their 1 million population works in Finland every day, Finland infulences Estonia not the other way around. I can't even describe you how much people despise anything Russian/from Russia
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Old 03-20-2015, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Finland
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I have always thought of Finland as Scandinavian and not Eastern European.
You have been correct Finland is definately not slavic/eastern.
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Old 03-25-2015, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Askov, MN has street signs that are, I believe, in Danish.

The Duluth area and Northern Wisconsin over to and through the UP of Michigan has a very large population of Finnish descent to this day. You see a lot of Finnish flags and related things in that area, and lots of Finnish names.

And geographically and politically, Finland is Scandinavian, but culturally and especially language-wise, it's really not. It's much closer to Russia and Estonia in that regard.
My understanding is that Scandinavia consists of the countries where the Vikings came from(Denmark, Norway, Sweden), but does not include the countries they ruled. It is more than a geographical location. Nordic countries are countries that include Scandinavians and countries they ruled-- Iceland, Faroe Island, Finland, Greenland, Svalbard, Aland Islands.

Some years back Estonia wanted to change their flag to resemble that of the other Nordic countries because they descend from the Baltic Finns instead of the Baltic people like Latvians and Lithuanians. The Nordic flag originated in Estonia

I don't know. That's just my understanding.
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