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Old 04-15-2013, 02:58 PM
 
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Estonia is a relatively unknown and mysterious country for international perception.

That country has close proximity to Finland, and is right next to Russia. Finland is usually regarded to be part of Scandinavia, but also having a separate identity from Sweden, Norway, and Denmark.

Russia is almost a whole other world compared to Scandinavia in plenty of ways, and has the Slavic cultural label.

What level of influence does Estonia have from Finland and Russia and is it more Russian Slavic, or Scandinavian outside of the Baltic identity?

How prominent is the unique Baltic identity of Estonia?
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Old 04-16-2013, 05:38 AM
 
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I don't think there is any Baltic connections in Estonia to the other Baltics.
To keep it short and sweet, it's history is hundreds of years of Scandinavian rule.
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:29 AM
 
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How prominent is the unique Baltic identity of Estonia?
Estonia, like Finland, is pretty unique. For starters, Estonian is not even an Indo-european language and they are not related to other Baltic countries (Latvia and Lithuania). The closest country to Estonia in culture would be Finland.
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:46 PM
 
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Why do people keep posting threads asking if Estonia (and/or Lithuania and Latvia) are Russ/Slavic or Scandinavian? Balt and Estonian people are neither of those, nor are they related to each other. Estonia currently has some influence from Finland, which is natural, considering they're ethnically similar. Finland isn't Scandinavian, though.
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:34 PM
 
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I assume the interest in Estonia lately is respective of their gradual development towards being of the same economic stature as Luxembourg/Norway by the end of most of our lives.
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Old 04-19-2013, 12:30 PM
 
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I don't think there is any Baltic connections in Estonia to the other Baltics. It's history is hundreds of years of Scandinavian rule.
I expected Estonia to have very connected relations to Lithuania, and Latvia.

All 3 of those countries have a Baltic identity, although Lithuania and Latvia have more of a Slavic Russian influence compared to Estonia, and not nearly as much Finnish influence. Maybe there is almost non-existent Finnish influence for the other Baltic countries.

The economy and stereotypical standards of development is much better in Estonia right now compared to Lithuania/Latvia, and has a brighter future.

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Estonia, like Finland, is pretty unique. For starters, Estonian is not even an Indo-european language and they are not related to other Baltic countries (Latvia and Lithuania). The closest country to Estonia in culture would be Finland.
Finland, Estonia, and Hungary appear quite similar for having a unique language origin, and relatively isolationist countries for Europe. However, Finland at least does show a Scandinavian identity with Sweden.

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I assume the interest in Estonia lately is respective of their gradual development towards being of the same economic stature as Luxembourg/Norway by the end of most of our lives.
The interest in this topic for Estonia is also because it continues to be a relatively unknown, mysterious, and exotic country, especially for Europe.
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Old 04-19-2013, 12:48 PM
 
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I expected Estonia to have very connected relations to Lithuania, and Latvia.

All 3 of those countries have a Baltic identity,
You're using the term "Baltic" in a completely different sense than some of the other posters. "Baltic" in this context, the way some of us are using it, means ethnically Balt. The Estonians are not Balts.
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Old 04-19-2013, 02:20 PM
 
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Finland is not a Scandinavian country. The Scandinavian group of countries are defined as having muturally comprehensible languages and the same form of government -constitutional monarchy. Finland and Iceland, having neither, are not Scandinavian countries. They are, however, part of the Nordic countries group.
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:51 PM
 
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Estonia's probably got more ties to Sweden and Denmark then Finland considering the fact Estonia was controlled by them and has always played copycat from those. Estonia has disregarded it's neighbors. The only relations for it and Latvia and Lithuania is the Soviet occupation in which Estonia was the only unrecognized annexation. Estonia is very culturally different than Latvia and they are almost two alien worlds compared to each other.

Lithuania and Latvia are comparable to Latvia and Lithuania.

However Lithuania has mild German influence and Latvia is entirely more Slavic. But those two nations are highly comparable.

I consider Estonia Nordic, it's close enough for me. It fits Nordic more so than Baltic.
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Old 04-19-2013, 06:30 PM
 
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Is Estonia more Slavic/Russian or more Scandinavian? It's neither, it's Finnic/Estonian, its own thing.
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