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    (Original post by Laissez‒faire)
    No because ethnically they're still Germanic.

    I don't know what exactly is meant by ethnically but I guarantee genetically at least present day Britain is more similar to pre-dark age Britain than it is to present day Germany, as the number of migrants who came over to Britain during the Germanic migrations was miniscule compared to the pre-existing population.
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    I have never heard anyone in Britain say that.

    The only thing Brits seem to be mistaken about is that Germany cares about Britain, in particular in football. They regard us as the main rival, whereas we would consider the Netherlands or even Italy, who we only for the first time in 2014 beat in a competition.
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    We're cousins.
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    Well the two main connections are Protestantism and the fact that both languages are West Germanic; if you're familiar with the Lewis model, the two countries are also placed similarly there. However, Anglosphere countries are more similar to each other than any continental European country is similar to the UK, in my opinion.
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    (Original post by yudothis)
    I have never heard anyone in Britain say that.

    The only thing Brits seem to be mistaken about is that Germany cares about Britain, in particular in football. They regard us as the main rival, whereas we would consider the Netherlands or even Italy, who we only for the first time in 2014 beat in a competition.
    I've heard the opposite, that Germany consider Netherlands they're main rivals

    Edit: unless you're German and meant what I said anyway oops

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    (Original post by markovchain17)
    I've heard the opposite, that Germany consider Netherlands they're main rivals

    Edit: unless you're German and meant what I said anyway oops

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    Germany doesn't even think about the Dutch.
    It's the French - British - German rivalry.
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    I've never heard British people considering themselves as similar to Germans, because they're definitely not. The only particularly convincing links I can think of is that English is classified as a Germanic language, and the Royal Family is a branch of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, a German family.
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    (Original post by markovchain17)
    I've heard the opposite, that Germany consider Netherlands they're main rivals

    Edit: unless you're German and meant what I said anyway oops

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    I am German and did say what you just said
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    (Original post by Qwalk)
    Germany doesn't even think about the Dutch.
    It's the French - British - German rivalry.
    If you are German this statement is weird af, if you are British it just proves the misconceptions Brits have.
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    (Original post by Allemagne)
    After living in both countries, I can safely say that the two are completely different. This is in terms of food, culture, religion and tradition. The two just can't compare. Tbh if you consider that the whole of East Germany was communist for over 50 years and that the south of Germany is deeply Catholic, the differences are inevitable. I'd associate Germany more with being 'Central European' with neighbours such as Poland, Austria and the Czech Republic. Definitely more similarities between those countries than with Germany and the UK. Italy and France have more similarities with the German culture, especially if you visit Tyrol, Alsace and Bavaria.
    I'd be interested to hear examples of this? I don't think I've ever heard a Brit say anything of the sort.

    (Not including neo-Nazi fruitcakes)
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    Because they like to drink beer.
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    (Original post by yudothis)
    If you are German this statement is weird af, if you are British it just proves the misconceptions Brits have.
    I'm talking about a geopolitical viewpoint. The Netherlands is just a German vassal state.
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    (Original post by Qwalk)
    Germany doesn't even think about the Dutch.
    It's the French - British - German rivalry.
    Granted I've spoken to few Germans about it. Wikipedia goes into detail about it https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Engl...blic_reactions

    Edit: I saw ur other post, I thought you were on about football sorry
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    (Original post by Qwalk)
    I'm talking about a geopolitical viewpoint. The Netherlands is just a German vassal state.
    I see. But so far we have been speaking about generally being similar, and football.
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    (Original post by Allemagne)
    After living in both countries, I can safely say that the two are completely different. This is in terms of food, culture, religion and tradition. The two just can't compare. Tbh if you consider that the whole of East Germany was communist for over 50 years and that the south of Germany is deeply Catholic, the differences are inevitable. I'd associate Germany more with being 'Central European' with neighbours such as Poland, Austria and the Czech Republic. Definitely more similarities between those countries than with Germany and the UK. Italy and France have more similarities with the German culture, especially if you visit Tyrol, Alsace and Bavaria.
    How did you come to this conclusion? (the question you ask)

    :rolleyes:

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    (Original post by Plagioclase)
    I've never heard British people considering themselves as similar to Germans, because they're definitely not. The only particularly convincing links I can think of is that English is classified as a Germanic language, and the Royal Family is a branch of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, a German family.
    Apart from Danes, Saxons, Angles, Jutes and Normans (who were the descends of Scandinavians aristocrats) all being Germanic peoples
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    Both are very diverse countries... their own people are so very different from one another.

    All I can say is that in Hamburg, the people reminded me very much of the people here in England... in terms of how they lived and what they did day to day. The main difference is that the Germans are more religious than the British.

    Both cultures love to go on holiday to *****y islands in the Med, complain about rent, car insurance and weather, and both peoples enjoy alcohol and football.
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    (Original post by SMEGGGY)
    How did you come to this conclusion? (the question you ask)

    :rolleyes:

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    Just seen several posts on TSR about how similar the UK and Germany is, but I don't find them similar in any way
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    (Original post by Ganjaweed Rebel)
    Apart from Danes, Saxons, Angles, Jutes and Normans (who were the descends of Scandinavians aristocrats) all being Germanic peoples
    Around 40% of Germans have Eastern European ancestry and Germans and the British have actually very different ancestry
 
 
 
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