This is a thread for all scandinavian members, extended scandinavians (associated island dwellers and finns) to discuss our heritage and differences. Any others with something meaningful to say can chime in as well.
A question I would like to pose all swedes, danes, icelanders and norwegians is where or how do you see yourself and your nationality as fitting into the larger internationality that is Norden? What is your perception of the neighbouring nations and your perception of Finland?
Do you like to watch rental movies with, say, icelandic or even finnish subtitles while being a swede or norwegian? Just for challenge. Finnish is completely unrelated to these languages though, so does this affect your perception of Finland much? Are you compelled to travel abroad for whatever reason?
Here's my short breakdown of associated countries/self-administered regions:
-Finland: has a strong history of trying to identify with the west and the wider scandinavian sphere, which may come as a surprise to many true scandinavian people. Strong national identity exists independent of such influence.
Ridiculously high swedish (by name) influence and power which extends to discrimination of the finnish speaking population (more than 90%).
We are not ever encouraged to compare ourselves to anything but the swedes and knowledge of other nordic nations is slightly obscured by this fact.
-Sweden: generally held in very high regard and easily the most accomplished country. Jokingly disparaged. American movies never get the accent right. Treatment and attitudes towards the finnish populace (9%) are still a matter of debate. Language has affected spoken finnish to a significant degree.
-Iceland: very ancient language; teachers are hard to come by. I hear studying danish is obligatory, which seems a bit weird. Good strongman representation. Would like to go.
-Norway: contrary to finnish-swedish propaganda, norwegians seem to identify more with danes than the swedes. Does not allow binationality. Bulk of the sami people live there.
Supposedly far more friendly towards finns than the swedes. Have positive experiences. Contemplated going the next summer.
-Denmark: some pretty good movies, often feature the same actors. Language is a bit tricky; might take a course this year.
Comparatively barren landscape. A friend from teenage years had a very strange perception of finns. Employment related policies have inspired debate abroad.
-Greenland: Mentioned only because of the language's hypothesized relationship with finnish.