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    Anonymous

    Are Estonia , Latvia and Lithuania Slavic countries ?

    #439250

    Anonymous

    @”Веско Филипов” No, they aren’t. Slavic countries are Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Bulgaria.

    #439251

    Anonymous

    No, they are distantly related to Slavs though. Before Slavs became a distinct super-ethnic group they were part of the Balto-Slavic people ( or language at least) along with the Balts, of course. Perhaps they are more distant cousins. 

    #439255

    Anonymous

    @Xekoslav yes, but Estonians don’t speak a Baltic language, but an Uralic one.

    #439257

    Anonymous

    Yep you’re right. I hear they are related to Fins.

    #439261

    Anonymous

    “Baltic states” is a geopolitcal term, not ethnical. That’s why Estonia is included.

    #439262

    Anonymous

    It’s a misnomer since like @Dušan said, not all the “Baltic” states are actually Baltic. 

    #439264

    Anonymous

    @GaiusCoriolanus I know, I referred to Xekoslav’s comment about Balto-Slavic culture and distant relations we as groups have.

    #439265

    Anonymous

    What I mean is they are called “Baltic states” because they are three countries located near the Baltic sea which got independence at more or less same time in a similar way, and have created a legendary Baltic chain in the past. So Estonia is also a Baltic state because of its location mainly. Ethnically, of course only Latvians and Lithuanians (as well as Samogitians and Latgalians) are the Balts. Estonians aren’t.

    Anyway of course they’re not Slavic, but Latvia for example has a lot of Russians there. So there are Slavic inhabitants too.

    #439269

    Anonymous

    Latvian, Lithuania, Estonian ethnicities are not Slavic. However, Latvia and Estonia are Slavic countries to some extent given both countries have 25-30% of Russian speaking populations. Both countries have long term relations with Russia since 1721 till 1918, then 1939 till 1991.

    Lithuania had its own state and separate history from Latvia and Estonia. Part of Latvia – Latgale – also had separate history from the rest of Latvia. Latvians and Estonians are Lutherans, while LIthuanians and Latgalians (eastern Latvians that gave the country the name) are Roman Catholic. Also, Lithuania has around 10% of Slavic speaking populations who live in Vilnius, Klaipeda and eastern Lithuania along the border with Belarus. Lithuanians had even longer relations with the Slavs. Ever since the history was recorded. First with ancestors of Belarusians since Slavs settled in Belarus, then with Poles after Roman Catholicism was accepted as the religion of the state in late 14th and early 15th (Samogitia) centuries.

    Lithuanians and Latvians speak Balto-Slavic languages. Some consider Latgalian dialect to be a separate language. Although both languages belong to the eastern branch of Baltic languages, Lithuanian and Latvian are not mutually intelligible. They are as different as Polish and Russian.

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