Finland - Scandinavian, Slavic or just a diferent altogether?

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#1 Posted by FirstDiscovery (5486 posts) -

Its a question thats always bugged me, i mean its easy to tell them apart looks wise, but due to their geography, mentality and culture, they can be said to be both

#2 Posted by Baranga (14217 posts) -

Finno-Ugric, like the Hungarians and Estonians.

#3 Posted by ChiliDragon (8467 posts) -
Yep. To be Scandinavian you need to be somehow attached to the Scandic mountains, so that means Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. Denmark can be argued to not be a part of the mountains though... any Danes out there care to weigh in on this?
#4 Posted by TheCurlyBlade (14 posts) -
this is correct, the Fins, Hungarians and i think the Turks (oddly) are all part of the same race, these peoples language is also unique.
#5 Posted by escapeoftheape (1576 posts) -
im scandinavian (from norway). are you saying that finns look different than us? i had no idea.. well, they are definitely now slavic :S they look different from russian, dont they??
#6 Posted by inoperativeRS (8844 posts) -
We usually call ourselves Nordic AFAIK.
#7 Posted by escapeoftheape (1576 posts) -
We usually call ourselves Nordic AFAIK.inoperativeRS
AFAIK meaning what?
#8 Posted by FirstDiscovery (5486 posts) -
Well as somebody say, they are Finno-Ugric, which has made the question EVEN more complicated given that it means they are not Germanic, Slavic or Romantic. Still, in Norway/Sweden/Denmark/Iceland/Greenland people have similar names whereas the Finns are quite different Here is somebody with very Finnish features
#9 Posted by escapeoftheape (1576 posts) -
looks like a scandinavian just slightly more alienish, dontcha think?
#10 Posted by ChiliDragon (8467 posts) -
[QUOTE="inoperativeRS"]We usually call ourselves Nordic AFAIK.escapeoftheape
AFAIK meaning what?

AFAIK - As Far As I Know. I could always pick out a native Finn in a crowd quite easily, while teling a Norwegian from a Swede or Dane is a lot more difficult. Something about the bone structure...
#12 Posted by FirstDiscovery (5486 posts) -
[QUOTE="escapeoftheape"][QUOTE="inoperativeRS"]We usually call ourselves Nordic AFAIK.ChiliDragon
AFAIK meaning what?

AFAIK - As Far As I Know. I could always pick out a native Finn in a crowd quite easily, while teling a Norwegian from a Swede or Dane is a lot more difficult. Something about the bone structure...

Yeah the names are also a big give-away
#13 Posted by thekodaman (1733 posts) -
Finland is not part of scandinavia. As the above poster stated names are a huge giveaway when it comes to telling the difference between danes, swedes and norwegians.
#14 Posted by WhiteSnake5000 (12454 posts) -
[QUOTE="FirstDiscovery"]Well as somebody say, they are Finno-Ugric, which has made the question EVEN more complicated given that it means they are not Germanic, Slavic or Romantic. Still, in Norway/Sweden/Denmark/Iceland/Greenland people have similar names whereas the Finns are quite different Here is somebody with very Finnish features

Max Payne?
#15 Posted by FirstDiscovery (5486 posts) -
[QUOTE="WhiteSnake5000"][QUOTE="FirstDiscovery"]Well as somebody say, they are Finno-Ugric, which has made the question EVEN more complicated given that it means they are not Germanic, Slavic or Romantic. Still, in Norway/Sweden/Denmark/Iceland/Greenland people have similar names whereas the Finns are quite different Here is somebody with very Finnish features

Max Payne?

He works for Remedy and yeah they based Max Payne 1's model on his face.
#16 Posted by Bobzfamily (1514 posts) -

Aren't Finnish people actually more related to Hungarians than they are to Scandinavians, or even russians?

#17 Posted by Hungry_bunny (14293 posts) -
They're Scandinavians, but with a completely different "language tree" (their language is related to Hungarian and Estonian). Finland used to be Swedish for a very long time and they're still pretty connected to their Scandinavian neighbors...plus, Swedish is their second official language.
#18 Posted by Euroshinobi (3299 posts) -

all white people look the same to me :/ i honestly would not be able to tell the difference between someone who is Finnish & someone who is Irish besides accent/language.......white is white lol

#19 Posted by Bobzfamily (1514 posts) -
Same way with non-caucasians to me...Blacks look black, asians look asians. Guess it's just the way humans are designed to recognize specific members of their own people (tribal instinct)
#20 Posted by Severed_Hand (3402 posts) -
their language traces back to korean i believe.... or some sort of asian language.
#21 Posted by Red-Ravens (1209 posts) -
I have no idea what you're talking about.
#22 Posted by RK-Mara (11488 posts) -
Yep. To be Scandinavian you need to be somehow attached to the Scandic mountains, so that means Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. Denmark can be argued to not be a part of the mountains though... any Danes out there care to weigh in on this?ChiliDragon
Even if just a bit, the Scandinavian mountains go all the way to northwestern Finland. By that logic Finland is more Scandinavian than Denmark is. It really is more about language and culture than anything else. Finland has a language of their own and a culture heavily influenced by the Russians. But like hungry bunny said, Finland was a part of Sweden for several hundred years and even after nearly hundred years of independence and over hundred years of being a part of Russia, Swedish is still our second official language and as for cultures, Swedes are still the closest to us. You can never hear a Finn calling himself a Scandinavian or Finland a part of Scandinavia. We see ourselves as a part of the Nordic countries. But then again, at least outside the Nordic countries Scandinavia is often used as a synonym for the Nordic countries. And as far as I know, Swedes don't really call themselves Scandinavians either but rather nordbor (northerners). I guess you could also argue that Finns weren't part of the traveling Norsemen, better known as vikings. In the end, there's no clear answer to this question. It's all about how you define the word 'Scandinavian'.
#23 Posted by RK-Mara (11488 posts) -

Aren't Finnish people actually more related to Hungarians than they are to Scandinavians, or even russians?

Bobzfamily
That is only as far as the language is concerned. Estonian, Finnish and Hungarian are known as the Finno-Ugric languages.
#24 Posted by RK-Mara (11488 posts) -
their language traces back to korean i believe.... or some sort of asian language.Severed_Hand
I only know it traces back to the Ural region of Russia.
#25 Posted by Horgen (110151 posts) -
[QUOTE="Hungry_bunny"]They're Scandinavians, but with a completely different "language tree" (their language is related to Hungarian and Estonian). Finland used to be Swedish for a very long time and they're still pretty connected to their Scandinavian neighbors...plus, Swedish is their second official language.

Uhm Scandinavia is Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Nordic is Finland, Sweden, Norway and Iceland. And I believe the difference is more historical and cultural than anything else.
#26 Posted by carbon_dioxide (133 posts) -
im finish woot :D if u ask me, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark is Scandinavia. n yea, difference is more historical. we share some same cultures. And how we look like, well, i would same pretty much the same, i cant tell da difference for example between Swedish and Finish :P
#27 Posted by freek666 (22312 posts) -

I always thought they were Scandinavian, guess not.

#28 Posted by Euroshinobi (3299 posts) -

Same way with non-caucasians to me...Blacks look black, asians look asians. Guess it's just the way humans are designed to recognize specific members of their own people (tribal instinct)Bobzfamily
not for me, caucasians dont really have that BIG of a change in feats between each other, sure some may say Italians but they're basicaly mixed, not technicaly all white, unless you want to count arabs as caucasian because then in that respect they dont all look the same lol

Africans, dont look like your typical American Blacks thats for sure, Brazilian blacks look nothing like your typical american blacks, but thats thanks to being mixed with Asian/White/Black combination, i can tell the difference between a Japanese, & a Indonesian, they have totally different features, besides just an eye color (with whites)

#29 Posted by Bourbons3 (24248 posts) -
Finland is a Nordic country, but not necessarily a Scandinavian one.
#30 Posted by -eddy- (11443 posts) -
I'm Finnish. Base everything on what you've seen me do.
#31 Posted by ic4ruz (150 posts) -

I always thought that Iceland was a part of Scandinavia, and that i where an skandinavian. (since im from Iceland)

Fun fact: Icelanders are actually half norwegians and half Irish, its estimated that only 1 of every 5 women in iceland are of norwegians, the other 4 were slaves from Ireland. But all men in Iceland are from Norway, Denmark and Sweden.

#32 Posted by FirstDiscovery (5486 posts) -
Thanks for the info guys

I always thought that Iceland was a part of Scandinavia, and that i where an skandinavian. (since im from Iceland)

Fun fact: Icelanders are actually half norwegians and half Irish, its estimated that only 1 of every 5 women in iceland are of norwegians, the other 4 were slaves from Ireland. But all men in Iceland are from Norway, Denmark and Sweden.

ic4ruz
LOLWUT IRISH? Ive always thought most Icelanders were Norwegian, but IRISH?
#33 Posted by escapeoftheape (1576 posts) -
finlanders are not scandinavians, like swedes, norwegians and danish people.. their language is WAY different.. they are a apart of the "nordic" countries, though! they also like to go on omegle ALOT.
#34 Posted by Hungry_bunny (14293 posts) -
[QUOTE="horgen123"][QUOTE="Hungry_bunny"]They're Scandinavians, but with a completely different "language tree" (their language is related to Hungarian and Estonian). Finland used to be Swedish for a very long time and they're still pretty connected to their Scandinavian neighbors...plus, Swedish is their second official language.

Uhm Scandinavia is Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Nordic is Finland, Sweden, Norway and Iceland. And I believe the difference is more historical and cultural than anything else.

I know that's the technical definition... but in reality, the term doesn't feel exclusive to those countries.
#35 Posted by Horgen (110151 posts) -
[QUOTE="Hungry_bunny"][QUOTE="horgen123"][QUOTE="Hungry_bunny"]They're Scandinavians, but with a completely different "language tree" (their language is related to Hungarian and Estonian). Finland used to be Swedish for a very long time and they're still pretty connected to their Scandinavian neighbors...plus, Swedish is their second official language.

Uhm Scandinavia is Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Nordic is Finland, Sweden, Norway and Iceland. And I believe the difference is more historical and cultural than anything else.

I know that's the technical definition... but in reality, the term doesn't feel exclusive to those countries.

The Scandinavian term? Or the nordic term? Don't mix up Northen Europe with the Nordic countries. :P As for Scandinavia. I guess you can say Finland is a part of Scandinavia, same with Iceland.