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Old 09-22-2012, 06:43 AM
 
Location: Turku, Finland
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Finland and Ahvenanmaa.
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Old 09-22-2012, 06:45 AM
 
Location: Perth, Western Australia
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Greece and Turkey.
Israel and all neighbouring countries.
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Old 09-22-2012, 07:04 AM
 
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france and germany

spain and france

switzerland and italy

romania and hungary = romanians are latin in temprement where as hungarians are germanic ( ish )

russia and mongolia

argentina and brazil
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Old 09-22-2012, 08:40 AM
 
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Canada and the US.. lol..
But they aren't as culturally different and pretty much the same type of English is used in both countries.
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Old 09-22-2012, 08:53 AM
 
Location: FIN
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Finland and Ahvenanmaa.
Ding ding ding, here we have a winner.
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Old 09-22-2012, 10:06 AM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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But they aren't as culturally different and pretty much the same type of English is used in both countries.
It's obviously a joke. If your doing North America it's defiantly USA - Mexico
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Old 09-22-2012, 10:45 AM
 
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Switzlerand and Italy is the first one that comes to mind. They are like night and day opposites.
Part of the "charm."

USA and Canada. San Diego to Tijuana (NOT) versus Seattle to Vancouver. Mexico has many armpits, and Tijuana is a big one.
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Old 09-22-2012, 01:40 PM
 
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Switzlerand and Italy is the first one that comes to mind. They are like night and day opposites.
True, but if you enter Italy from the majority Italian area of Switzerland--basically the canton of Ticino, it's a pretty gradual transition. Though places like Locarno and Lugano in Switzerland that are basically northern Italian lake cities on the south side of the Alps that somehow ended up as part of Switzerland. Ticino and Northern Italy have more in common than say, Milan has with Palermo or Naples. But on the other hand there's very little in common between Zurich and cities in even Northern Italy.

A lot of places being mentioned are fairly different if you compare parts of entire countries to each other, but often there's a border region that has a sort of cross-cultural influence. Southern France is a world away from somewhere like Berlin, however Alsace-Lorraine is both French and German in some ways. As the region of the Pyrnees and the Basque culture which sort of crosses over between France and Spain in the border areas and has a similar culture. Even Slovenia and Croatia(which itself doesn't actually share a border with Italy) has Italian influence along the coast which is in part a remnant of the Venetians. What's interesting is to try to find places where there's such a dramatic change from crossing the border that there's very little cultural exchange between the two.

I wonder about somewhere like Khabarovsk in Russia--I've read that plenty of Chinese visit there over the border, but are there very many Chinese residents or is there Chinese culture there? Russia and China seem to be very disparate countries to share a border, but where they share a border in Siberia--it's a world away from the European parts of Russia already.
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Old 09-23-2012, 10:37 AM
 
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Looks like this arises in almost every case there is a large natural/geographic separating the two adjacent countries.
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Old 09-23-2012, 11:59 AM
 
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spain and france



France and spain? as a whole yes, but spanish catalonia isnt a world apart from south-west france.

I say austria/switerland and italy

france and germany

Usa and mexico

Argentina and Bolivia

haiti and dominican republic

Russia and Mongolia/China

south africa and mozambique
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