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Old 02-04-2012, 04:35 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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1. Canada
2. Australia
3. United Kingdom
4. New Zealand
5. Ireland
6. Mexico
7. Germany
8. The Philippines
9. The Netherlands
10. Singapore
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Old 02-04-2012, 05:06 AM
 
Location: Near Tours, France about 47°10'N 0°25'E
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My rank:

1. Canada
2. Australia
3. United Kingdom
4. New Zealand
5. Ireland
6. Mexico
7. Germany
8. The Philippines
9. The Netherlands
10. Singapore

The Philippines?? What do you consider to be similar with the USA?
Concerning Mexico, I tend to think that the some similarities you can found are mainly due to the recent Mexican imigration, and Mexican-based fashions (such as pop things such as regeatton or Taco Bell, that are in my opinion typically US creations made for the "latino" or "Mexican" community, or just to follow some "Mexican-like" fashions). Some areas of the US have been former parts of Mexico, and as such retained some aspects relating to Mexico, but I think that is quite superficial or limited to some areas and not at all to the USA as a whole.

In my opinion the list of closer Countries to the US would focus more on the culture than of such things as natural context.
1. English-speaking Canada
2. Australia
3. United Kingdom
4. Ireland
5. New Zealand
6. Netherlands
7. Germany
8. Scandinavia
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Old 02-04-2012, 05:18 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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The Philippines?? What do you consider to be similar with the USA?
Concerning Mexico, I tend to think that the some similarities you can found are mainly due to the recent Mexican imigration, and Mexican-based fashions (such as pop things such as regeatton or Taco Bell, that are in my opinion typically US creations made for the "latino" or "Mexican" community, or just to follow some "Mexican-like" fashions). Some areas of the US have been former parts of Mexico, and as such retained some aspects relating to Mexico, but I think that is quite superficial or limited to some areas and not at all to the USA as a whole.

In my opinion the list of closer Countries to the US would focus more on the culture than of such things as natural context.
1. English-speaking Canada
2. Australia
3. United Kingdom
4. Ireland
5. New Zealand
6. Netherlands
7. Germany
8. Scandinavia
I guess the history of US 'rule', and having a lot of connections to the US.

Scandinavia only really seems similar in being first world and western. Otherwise the two are very different. Maybe Argentina should be on the list somewhere.
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Old 02-04-2012, 05:23 AM
 
Location: LA, US / Malmo, SWE
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What do you mean with culture? Christianity, Multiculturalism, Jewish owned-media, a liberal population and McDonalds?
In that case, I'd say:

1. Canada
2. UK
3. Australia
4. France
5. Brazil

There's nothing else.
Philippines has actually a pretty similar feeling to the US. Manila feels like Los Angeles but only 10 times poorer and dirtier and
filled with Filipinos.
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Old 02-04-2012, 05:34 AM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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Scandinavia is highly Americanised..
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Old 02-04-2012, 05:35 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Singapore actually feels very American. Although Asian in some ways - English is understood and spoken by the majority, but 60% still prefer to use another language at home, lots of Asian cuisine although western food is very popular. Like the Philippines Singaporeans seem to look up to the States a lot. Have a family friend who, when she was younger, had a put on American accent even though she'd never been to the US. The English speaking rate is of course still higher than any mainland European nation. There are tons of American shops/brands/chains etc in Singapore, moreso than even Australia.
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Old 02-04-2012, 05:54 AM
 
Location: Near Tours, France about 47°10'N 0°25'E
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I guess the history of US 'rule', and having a lot of connections to the US.

Scandinavia only really seems similar in being first world and western. Otherwise the two are very different. Maybe Argentina should be on the list somewhere.
Scandinavian countries are almost as much culturally toe the US as are Germany or the Netherlands. Of course they are more distant than the UK, Australia or Canada but still part of the same sud-group of the "western world", made of the germanic-based countries/
Other than just be "western" and "first world", Scandinavian countries are also speaking germanic languages as the US does (English) rather than a latin one as do the southern western countries; and share societies based on a Protestant tradition (as the US mostly does), rather than a moslty catholic one as do the southern western countries.
We do not have to forget that the majort part of the mainstream US population (white) is mainly of Germanic extration. Scandinavians are part these germanic people and many areas have been heavily populated by Scandinavians, as much as others have been by Germans.
Other than that I always feel on my various trips to Scandinavia that the local culture was very open on English language and Anglo-Saxon culture, and very influenced by the Anglo-American culture or the Anglo world in general. As much, or even more than does the Netherlands.
We could even add that most areas of Scandinavia looks in their landscapes more similar to north America than to any part of continental Europe.

Inversely I really don't see what Argentina could do on the list. The only common point it share with the US, is having been an important point of Imigration from Europe in the early 20th century. But the the difference that the population that imigrated to Argentina was 90% from southern Europe (Spain and Italy mainly), while the imigration to the USA was mainly northern European (Irish, German, Scottish, Polish, Scandinavian).
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Old 02-04-2012, 06:00 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Scandinavian countries are almost as much culturally toe the US as are Germany or the Netherlands. Of course they are more distant than the UK, Australia or Canada but still part of the same sud-group of the "western world", made of the germanic-based countries/
Other than just be "western" and "first world", Scandinavian countries are also speaking germanic languages as the US does (English) rather than a latin one as do the southern western countries; and share societies based on a Protestant tradition (as the US mostly does), rather than a moslty catholic one as do the southern western countries.
We do not have to forget that the majort part of the mainstream US population (white) is mainly of Germanic extration. Scandinavians are part these germanic people and many areas have been heavily populated by Scandinavians, as much as others have been by Germans.
Other than that I always feel on my various trips to Scandinavia that the local culture was very open on English language and Anglo-Saxon culture, and very influenced by the Anglo-American culture or the Anglo world in general. As much, or even more than does the Netherlands.
We could even add that most areas of Scandinavia looks in their landscapes more similar to north America than to any part of continental Europe.

Inversely I really don't see what Argentina could do on the list. The only common point it share with the US, is having been an important point of Imigration from Europe in the early 20th century. But the the difference that the population that imigrated to Argentina was 90% from southern Europe (Spain and Italy mainly), while the imigration to the USA was mainly northern European (Irish, German, Scottish, Polish, Scandinavian).
Yes on second thoughts maybe Swedes should be on the list somewhere...Scandinavia has many similarities to Britain, esp. the north (I heard until recently Shetland Islanders could understand Norwegians living on the coast).

Argentina just mainly because it's a new world immigrant nation that is virtually first world and mostly european. But in other ways you're right very different.
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Old 02-04-2012, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Near Tours, France about 47°10'N 0°25'E
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Yes on second thoughts maybe Swedes should be on the list somewhere...Scandinavia has many similarities to Britain, esp. the north (I heard until recently Shetland Islanders could understand Norwegians living on the coast).

Argentina just mainly because it's a new world immigrant nation that is virtually first world and mostly european. But in other ways you're right very different.
yes, and English is largely influenced by Norse language. Outside of the fact that English and Scandinavian language share the same common proto germanic ancestor.

Considered the landscapes I find the typical landscapes of Scandinavia much more North-American looking than continental Europe.
Wood houses and wood farm spread into a open and wild landscape of wide conifer forests and lakes (sweden or most of interior parts of the northern US); of wetter and milder areas, bordered by nmontains and fjords (Norway or Washington State or British Colombia)
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Old 02-04-2012, 07:18 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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yes, and English is largely influenced by Norse language. Outside of the fact that English and Scandinavian language share the same common proto germanic ancestor.

Considered the landscapes I find the typical landscapes of Scandinavia much more North-American looking than continental Europe.
Wood houses and wood farm spread into a open and wild landscape of wide conifer forests and lakes (sweden or most of interior parts of the northern US); of wetter and milder areas, bordered by nmontains and fjords (Norway or Washington State or British Colombia)
Yes I see your point.
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