Subject: Re: Baltic, Scandinavian, Nordic, Greenland ????
Hi, Candice...

For reasons that aren't all that logically consistent, the Baltics or the Baltic republics or the Baltic states generally means the trio of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, even though Finland and Sweden are obviously also situated on the Baltic Sea; whether Russia is 'Baltic depends on whether the Baltic Sea includes the Gulf of Finland or whether you consider the Kaliningrad enclave to apply..The trio have been widely called the Baltic states ever since the USSR took them over as part of the Nazi-Soviet pact of 1939.

In more general terms, the Baltic countries would include Denmark, Sweden, Finland, the trio, Poland and Germany. And the somewhat unclassifiable

Aaland Islands which maintain a quasi-independence under Finland and are not part of the European Union. You rarely see the whole bunch lumped under the Baltic appellation unless there is something like a conference on the future of Baltic pollution.

The Scandinavian countries are those that use variations of the Scandinavian language, i.e., Denmark, Sweden and Norway, and, depending on whom you're talking to, Iceland, which some also consider to be also European.

The Nordic countries are Finland, Sweden and Norway, but not, I think, Denmark. Estonia wants to be considered a Nordic country.

The Finns bristle a bit when called Scandinavian, but are usually too polite to make a point of it.

Dave Hatunen Tucson, Arizona