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  • I just found out that Finland is not Scandinavian.

    I always thought that Finland was part of Scandinavia.
    I was very suprised to find out it is not.
    Especially since it used to belong to Sweden for 500 years, but oh well.
    I mentioned this to two girls.
    Both of them seem to think I'm an idiot.
    One of them seemed to think it was obvious (maybe it is, I might just be an idiot...)
    One of them thought I was a total idiot because she did not believe me when I told her that Scandinavia was not an independent nation.

    There is a wide range of intellegences and geographical knowledge at my University.

    So far no one else has admitted to having also thought it was part of Scandinavia.

    Any thoughts?
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  • #2
    From http://www.answers.com/scandinavia
    A region of northern Europe consisting of Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. Finland, Iceland, and the Faeroe Islands are often included in the region.
    Gilby

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    • #3
      Well I think that Finland is not part of Scandanavia in the same way that England isn't part of Europe.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Gilby
        Yeah, I did quite a bit of reading on it when I first discovered it, and basically, Finland doesn't consider themselves Scandinavian, and Denmark, Sweden, and Norway don't consider Finland Scandinavian, and really, they're the only people who matter IMO...
        I'm German, and German does consider them Scandinavian (but not Denmark.)
        It is definately not located on the Scandinavian Peninsula, but then neither is Denmark...
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        • #5
          Originally posted by ThisGuyIKnow
          Well I think that Finland is not part of Scandanavia in the same way that England isn't part of Europe.
          How is England not part of Europe?
          As an English Citizen*, I'm a bit suprised by this comment....
          Politically, it's certainly more "European" than, say, Norway.
          Geographically, it's certainly more "European" than, say, Turkey.
          And Ethnically, it's certainly more European than say, Hungary.


          (Yeah, I'm a dual Citizen, English & German, before you all get alarmed about my previous post...)
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          • #6
            If you are German and English, why do you live in Virginia?

            Alot of English people don't consider themselves part of Europe.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ThisGuyIKnow
              If you are German and English, why do you live in Virginia?
              Why not?
              Alot [sic] of English people don't consider themselves part of Europe.
              I'd disagree with that--some might not, but the vast majority do. It's EU, which is pretty much makes it definate as far as I'm concerned. I wouldn't be suprised if it's not too long before the Euro starts gaining favour..but that's just a personal speculation.
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              • #8
                Don't worry about it. I just found out that New Jersey is not really a garden state.
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                • #9
                  According to my 9th Grade geography(Georgia) teacher, they don't grow corn in Minnesota. Imagine my suprise. I am still trying to figure out what that crop was that grew on the family farm. The crop that I spent weeks driving through with a Combine. I also can't figure out why Green Giant goes to the trouble of packaging corn in MN. Learning can be so confusing.
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                  • #10
                    ...and yes, there is a West Virginia, not just a western Virginia. According to my sister's third grade teacher in downhome Tornado, West Virginia back in 1975, the word 'door' is a two-syllable word. She even clapped out the syllables for the class.
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                    • #11
                      England is NOT part of Europe. It's part of Britain, an island off the coast of Europe.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by rob.northcott
                        England is NOT part of Europe. It's part of Britain, an island off the coast of Europe.
                        Abso-bloody-lutely old bean.

                        And on the subject of Finland:

                        Finland - Monty Python
                        Chorus: Finland, Finland, Finland.
                        The country where I want to be,
                        Pony trekking or camping,
                        Or just watching TV.
                        Finland, Finland, Finland,
                        It's the country for me.
                        Verse: You're so near to Russia,
                        So far from Japan.
                        Quite a long way from Ca
                        iro,
                        Lots of miles from Vietnam.
                        Chorus: Finland, Finland, Finland.
                        The country where I want to be,
                        Eating breakfast or dinner,
                        Or snack lunch in the hall.
                        Finland, Finland, Finland,
                        Finland has it all.
                        Verse: You're so sadly neglected,
                        And o
                        ften ignored,
                        A poor second to Belgium,
                        When going abroad.
                        Chorus: Finland, Finland, Finland.
                        The country where I quite want to be,
                        Your mountains so lofty,
                        Your treetops so tall.
                        Finland, Finland, Finland,
                        Finland has it all.

                        Repeat: Finland, Finland, Finland.
                        The country where I quite want to be,
                        Your mountains so lofty,
                        Your treetops so tall.
                        Finland, Finland, Finland,
                        Finland has it all.

                        Fade: Finland has it all...
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Skippii
                          Yeah, I did quite a bit of reading on it when I first discovered it, and basically, Finland doesn't consider themselves Scandinavian, and Denmark, Sweden, and Norway don't consider Finland Scandinavian, and really, they're the only people who matter IMO...
                          I'm German, and German does consider them Scandinavian (but not Denmark.)
                          It is definately not located on the Scandinavian Peninsula, but then neither is Denmark...
                          We usually destinguish between Scandinavia (Denmark, Sweden and Norway) and the Nordic Countries (Scandinavia + Finland, Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands).

                          Originally posted by bugman
                          According to my 9th Grade geography(Georgia) teacher, they don't grow corn in Minnesota. Imagine my suprise. I am still trying to figure out what that crop was that grew on the family farm. The crop that I spent weeks driving through with a Combine. I also can't figure out why Green Giant goes to the trouble of packaging corn in MN. Learning can be so confusing.
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                          • #14
                            I just had an overwhelming urge to listen to Finlandia by Jean Sibelius. So it's in the CD player right now.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by john_childs
                              I just had an overwhelming urge to listen to Finlandia by Jean Sibelius. So it's in the CD player right now.
                              I believe I'll have a little spot of Finlandia vodka along with my birthday cup of tea.

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