Are the swedes, norwegians, germans, dutch, danish, vikings, norse and icelanders all put into the category of being ethnic germanic people?

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  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    They all speak germanic languages, but only stupid americans think that that makes them the same ethnicity.

    YOUR ethnicity is the language and culture YOU were raised in

    Source(s): I'm Dutch
  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Yes, but much like most people don't think in dekameters despite learning the rhyme at school it's not a resolution most people stop to consider very often, especially when you go mixing in different units of time in your list.  The Norse were the vikings, "viking" was a description of a Norse activity.  They don't exist anymore as time and history has lead to the creation of new ethnicities, which we think of as "Nordic" today, a terim that IS used by people who habitually think in decimeters.

    You should look at the Germanic language family tree.  The major branch division happened early on.  English is closer to Dutch than High German (but closer to Low German than Dutch) and all those languages are closer to each other than to any of the Nordic/ Scandinavian languages.  Then throw in the vagaries of history. Many Swedes will tell you that they feel more similar to Finns despite speaking unrelated languages than to Danes or Norwegians.  Likewise, if you grill them on the subject Danes and Norwegians typically feel closer to each other even though Swedish and Danish are technically, lingustically more related to each other than to Norwegian and Icelandic or Faroese.

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