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Old 01-06-2012, 07:30 PM
 
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Finns and Russians are virtually the same people.

Don't tell them I said that though.
Not sure about Finns in particular, but there is something to Russians sharing that common root with Northerners from the dawn of Russian history.
I've always found it interesting that during the times of Novgorod, when Russians were threatened from both directions, by Tatar-Mongols AND by Livonian branch of Teutonian knights, ( quote from Wikipedis) "led by the master of the Order, "Hermann, brother of Albert of Buxhoeveden" - sounds familiar? lol )
Well back in those times, the famous military leader, prince of Vladimir, Alexander Nevsky, (1220-1263) when invited by citizens of Novgorod to protect them, said that he would fight Livonians, but he refused to fight Tatars and told Novgorodians to keep on paying the tribute to them.
When asked "why?" he responded that Tatars were no threat to Russian identity, since they were so different, however if conquered by Livoninas, they would have surely lost it...
Don't remember where exactly I've read it, though...

PS. Alexander Nevsky himself of course was from Rurik's dynasty.

Rurik Dynasty - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 01-06-2012, 07:35 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Get us Brits talking about soccer with a few pints of beer, and you'll have more to worry about then just words..
Try saying 'it's not football it's soccer' and then proceed to bash the sport of soccer, while proclaiming how much better Aussie rules football is.
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Old 01-06-2012, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Kowaniec, Nowy Targ, Podhale. 666 m n.p.m.
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1. It takes more than ability to be "good drinkers" to be extroverted culture/nation. ( Because let's face it - what I dunno said about Brits is true also.)

2. It's irrelevant to me, what "Russians are from the Polish point of view," because every time I've dealt with Poles personally, it was nothing but very positive experience; I have nothing but good words to say.
The fact that some can sound cocky on-line does not change it a bit.
And the vast majority of Russians I've met in person were great as well

Still, we should be able to take the **** on each other...

Dobranoc.
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Old 01-06-2012, 11:14 PM
 
Location: CA
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Very polite...

'Polite' and 'Reserved' go hand-in-hand, don't they?
Not in the US. Reserved, quiet people can be seen as rude and unfriendly here. Gregariousness goes hand-in-hand with politeness here.
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Old 01-06-2012, 11:58 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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Not in the US. Reserved, quiet people can be seen as rude and unfriendly here. Gregariousness goes hand-in-hand with politeness here.
Are you speaking for the entire U.S. or just the West coast? Just California? There are vast populations of Americans for whom reservedness is considered quite polite and the stereotype of the garrulous American does not apply.
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Old 01-07-2012, 12:42 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Not in the US. Reserved, quiet people can be seen as rude and unfriendly here. Gregariousness goes hand-in-hand with politeness here.
Being reserved has nothing to do with politeness. I think you're thinking of friendliness.
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Old 01-15-2012, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Filipinas
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First countries that come to mind are Saudi Arabia, Iran and North Korea.

North America & South America are not reserved at all.
I agree with Saudi Arabia. But only for women... It's just sad that Saudi Women don't have at least equal rights with men. They're not even allowed to drive cars.
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Old 01-17-2012, 10:09 PM
 
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north koreans
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Old 07-30-2013, 01:34 AM
 
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British people are reserved in open but not in bars. It's the funniest thing. I thought the place was stale and boring until I entered a bar.
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Old 07-30-2013, 03:03 AM
 
Location: Guangzhou, China
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I agree with Saudi Arabia. But only for women... It's just sad that Saudi Women don't have at least equal rights with men. They're not even allowed to drive cars.
A lot of the Saudis I've met over the course of my life are fairly reserved when they come to the US for the first time, but are very curious about Americans' lifestyles and eager to learn... they just don't know how to approach Americans to learn more about it. As is the case with anything, approach the wrong person the wrong way, and you can get the totally wrong impression of them. When I worked in hospitality, I was given gifts by Saudis all the time - colognes, chocolates, alcohol, etc. - for having helped them out. I also got lots of very enthusiastic offers to come visit, which I probably should have taken them up on.

The same has been the case with most "reserved" peoples I've met... if they realize that you're patient, agreeable, and willing to take time to make them feel comfortable, then they're generally very warm.
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