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What makes you proud of your country?

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Reply #30 on: November 09, 2008, 12:48:06 PM
Okay, I'll add some more to the list. I'm proud that sweden has:

X Japan
Queen
Pocky
Awesome street fashion
Aerosmith
Lovely food we can call our own

OH SORRY WE HAVE NONE OF THOSE 8)
Well, you do have In Flames and Evergrey ;P

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Reply #31 on: November 09, 2008, 09:19:49 PM
Well, you do have In Flames and Evergrey ;P

Yeah well you have Nightwish....old nightwish



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Reply #32 on: November 09, 2008, 10:40:43 PM
Lovely food we can call our own

OH SORRY WE HAVE NONE OF THOSE 8)

Smorgasbord, baby! Don't forget about the smorgasbord! :P



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Reply #33 on: November 10, 2008, 03:53:59 PM
Well, you do have In Flames and Evergrey ;P

Yeah well you have Nightwish....old nightwish
Indeed we do, but you have a part of the new Nightwish :P

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Reply #34 on: November 10, 2008, 04:23:02 PM
Huh... our scientists and our comedians. But apart from this..?
Scorpions, Doro and Rammstein are from here, but I'm no fan of those, haha!

Damn, I cannot think of anything special. Döner- and fry-eating nazis? RAF? Living in a country which is often reduced to Bavaria from people of other countries? *sarcasm* :D

Our educational system must have been great... once upon a time... We also had great writers, I think. But right now I have the feeling, my country doesn't really have a face.  ???
OH! But the Brothers Grimm came from this area here, when I'm not wrong. And without them Yoshiki might never have been Cinderella!  ;D

Oh, and how could I forget about Thüringer Bratwurst?! <3 And dark bread?! And Eisbein?! WURST!!! <333 nom nom nom

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Reply #35 on: November 10, 2008, 04:26:15 PM
^ You have Tokio Hotel and Cinema Bizarre


Belgium also has great chocolate *o*



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Reply #36 on: November 10, 2008, 04:49:54 PM
omg how could I forget Döner

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Reply #37 on: November 10, 2008, 04:51:53 PM
omg how could I forget Döner

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I was just kidding!! XDD



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Reply #38 on: November 10, 2008, 04:54:03 PM
Belgium also has great chocolate *o*
Agreed. Aside from that I'm not sure. We're also a famous beer country, but I don't actually drink beer XD.

I mainly love Belgium on an artistic level. We had some awesome painters (Ensor, Magritte, Spilliaert, ...) and architects (Henri van de Velde and Victor Horta).
The cities Brussels and Ghent make me proud, because I LOVE THEM.

Err... Jean-Claude Van Damme? XD



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Reply #39 on: November 10, 2008, 04:58:04 PM
I was just kidding!! XDD

I know  :P  Me too actually, I don't hate TH (I actually think they're kinda hilarious, German comedienz~)

Err... Jean-Claude Van Damme? XD

Damn. Well, at least Austria can claim the Terminator.

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Reply #40 on: November 10, 2008, 05:14:17 PM
@ the Finns: Sauna? XD

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Reply #41 on: November 10, 2008, 05:23:58 PM
The Finns have Hanoi Rocks.. Just a suggestion ;D



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Reply #42 on: November 10, 2008, 06:24:07 PM
@ the Finns: Sauna? XD
Don't they dare to take all the glory:
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Although the culture of sauna nowadays is more or less related to Finnish culture, it's important to note that the evolution of sauna has happened around the same time both in Finland and the Baltic countries sharing the same meaning and importance of sauna in daily life. The same sauna culture is shared in both places still to this day.

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Reply #43 on: November 10, 2008, 07:15:45 PM
Err... Jean-Claude Van Damme? XD

Damn. Well, at least Austria can claim the Terminator.

Arnie > Jean-Claude!



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Reply #44 on: November 10, 2008, 07:27:00 PM
@ the Finns: Sauna? XD
Don't they dare to take all the glory:
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Although the culture of sauna nowadays is more or less related to Finnish culture, it's important to note that the evolution of sauna has happened around the same time both in Finland and the Baltic countries sharing the same meaning and importance of sauna in daily life. The same sauna culture is shared in both places still to this day.

You ripped off Kalevala, our national anthem and our language, and now you're stealing sauna too! ,|,,

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Reply #45 on: November 10, 2008, 07:28:33 PM
Who ripped off who :D

Besides, Kalevala describes events that have happened in Estonia, so I imagine it's at least partly true, in which case you can't call it ripping off :P

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Reply #46 on: November 10, 2008, 07:34:40 PM
Who ripped off who :D

Besides, Kalevala describes events that have happened in Estonia, so I imagine it's at least partly true, in which case you can't call it ripping off :P
What in it happened in Estonia? And well, I guess it's as true as Jesus and his pals stories, except that there are at least some evidence that a guy named Jesus has existed. :P Kalevala is old Finnish folklore collected by Elias Lönnrot from Finnish people (plus he added some own stuff).

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Reply #47 on: November 10, 2008, 07:38:27 PM
The Kaali meteor for example.
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Finnish mythology has stories that may describe happenings of Kaali, one of them in runes 47, 48 and 49 of the Kalevala epic. Louhi, the evil wizard steals the Sun and fire from people, causing total darkness. Ukko, the god of sky orders a new Sun to be made from a sparkle. The virgin of the air starts to make a new Sun, but the sparkle drops from the sky and hits the ground. This spark goes to an "Aluen" or "Kalevan"[2] lake and causes its water to rise. Finnish heroes see the ball of fire falling somewhere "behind the Neva river" (the direction of Estonia from Karelia). The heroes head that direction to seek fire, and they finally gather flames from a forest fire.

And usually folklore is just a heavily exaggerated true story

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Reply #48 on: November 10, 2008, 07:44:38 PM
The Kaali meteor for example.
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Finnish mythology has stories that may describe happenings of Kaali, one of them in runes 47, 48 and 49 of the Kalevala epic. Louhi, the evil wizard steals the Sun and fire from people, causing total darkness. Ukko, the god of sky orders a new Sun to be made from a sparkle. The virgin of the air starts to make a new Sun, but the sparkle drops from the sky and hits the ground. This spark goes to an "Aluen" or "Kalevan"[2] lake and causes its water to rise. Finnish heroes see the ball of fire falling somewhere "behind the Neva river" (the direction of Estonia from Karelia). The heroes head that direction to seek fire, and they finally gather flames from a forest fire.

And usually folklore is just a heavily exaggerated true story

Ok, still that doesn't make the stories any more Estonian ;D And does "the direction of Estonia from Karelia" mean it's in Estonia or Karelia?

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Reply #49 on: November 10, 2008, 07:51:23 PM
From Karelian viewpoint, it's in Estonia (or in the same direction). And well, you have to admit it's a good explanation :P

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Reply #50 on: November 10, 2008, 08:10:07 PM
From Karelian viewpoint, it's in Estonia (or in the same direction). And well, you have to admit it's a good explanation :P

Ah ok, so it's about the meteorite that created lake Kaali. It still doesn't make the story really Estonian, if the heroes were Karelian. A meteorite large enough to create a lake would've been seen in Finland too, especially since Karelia was a part of Finland back then. It's still a story told by the Finns, and the stories were collected from Finns. So I dunno what's the point in this, unless Kaleva poek (or whatever it's called) is totally different from what I've understood.

EDIT: And you definitely ripped off our national anthem ;D

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Reply #51 on: November 10, 2008, 08:20:31 PM
Well, our folklore has also been collected from our own people so... :P

And the guy who wrote the tune to Maamme was a German immigrant of Swedish origin so bleh! :D

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Reply #52 on: November 10, 2008, 08:33:46 PM
And the guy who wrote the tune to Maamme was a German immigrant of Swedish origin so bleh! :D

I know, but we had it before you so bleh! ;D

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Reply #53 on: November 10, 2008, 09:37:31 PM
Our speedskaters  :-*



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Reply #54 on: November 10, 2008, 09:39:56 PM
first thing that comes into my mind: beer... really o.o" I tried beers of some other countries.. but I still think german beer is great^^" ... and.. hmmmmmm... berlin, I love this city xD and döner of course^^

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Reply #55 on: November 13, 2008, 07:34:00 AM
Malaysia... Hmm. I'm really sure, we have a few races and we could speak like more than 3 languages(For me I can speak like 4 or 5)? o.o
Oh yeah the food's nice too. =3

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Reply #56 on: December 15, 2008, 06:55:50 AM
Hanoi Rocks! (X covered them once! And they inspired GN'R and many glam bands)
Nightwish! (both old and new, Anette isn't too bad even though her voice isn't as heavy metal-ish as Tarja's)
High suicide rates!

And they say it's a lottery win to be born in Finland. ::)
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Reply #57 on: December 18, 2008, 06:25:08 AM
I envy Hanoi Rocks.... damn, Finish bands ROCK....! >< <3 And true that... plus whatever anybody says, Jack Sparrow is actually ANDY McCOY!!!!!!!!!! You know what I mean! ><


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Reply #58 on: December 30, 2008, 01:04:39 AM
Oh, if I was British I'd be proud of... err.. no, wait.. if I was Irish, I'd be proud of Lord Wellington! :D Sir Arthur Wellesley... 1st Duke of Wellington. General in British army in the wars with Napoleon Bonaparte. :3

But I'm not Irish nor British... so... hmm.. there's nothing to be proud of here. ><

why would you be proud of him if you were Irish!? (not being racist or anything towards England!!)
he was still a traitor against Ireland!

I'm Irish and proud of Guinness, Irish rugby team, Irish music, Potatoes!! and our Language!!



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Reply #59 on: January 09, 2009, 12:04:06 AM
Belgium has three national languages!!! (damn so do the Swiss T_T)
But our chocolate kicks ass!!!

....So do the Swiss, too! :P *munches chocolate*

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