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Poles - what other nationality would you say you are most like?


Teffle 22 | 1,321
1 Oct 2010 #1
For the Irish I would say undoubtedly, we are closest to the Scottish in many, many ways. Although of course there are differences too.

I've often heard it said that the Poles and Irish are similar and I agree to an extent - I think the Irish are certainly more similar to the Polish than most other Europeans anyway.

Poles and Czechs maybe? (their "funny" language aside!)
Varsovian 92 | 634
1 Oct 2010 #2
I think Poles are far, far friendlier than the Irish!
OP Teffle 22 | 1,321
1 Oct 2010 #3
Well you are entitled to your opinion of course.

Although the rest of the planet would probably disagree with you ; )

(Not that I think Poles are unfriendly that is)
tow_stalin - | 57
1 Oct 2010 #4
kill'em all - that's my motto :)

p.s. i met a british last time - and he is winning 1st place, second is my previous boss - and he was a german. i will not speak about nationalities i don't like, but their name is starting from f :)
OP Teffle 22 | 1,321
1 Oct 2010 #5
Nationalities you are like - as in resemble, feel similar to.

Maybe I should change the thread title - it's a bit ambiguous.
tow_stalin - | 57
1 Oct 2010 #6
Maybe I should change the thread title - it's a bit ambiguous.

that's good idea...
zetigrek
1 Oct 2010 #7
Poles and Czechs maybe? (their "funny" language aside!)

No certainly not. Czech are consider by Poles as Germans in disguise ;D

My type is Hungarians. What do you think about it?
OP Teffle 22 | 1,321
1 Oct 2010 #8
that's good idea...

I can't do it though : /

No certainly not. Czech are consider by Poles as Germans in disguise ;D

Ha ha - fair enough - didn't know that!

My type is Hungarians. What do you think about it?

No idea. I know very little about Hungarians and have only ever met one of them.

Never heard the comparison before though.
convex 20 | 3,978
1 Oct 2010 #9
Ha ha - fair enough - didn't know that!

Czechs are free market atheists and agnostics, Poles are socialist Catholics.

My type is Hungarians. What do you think about it?

And you don't think Hungarians are Germans in disguise :)

My vote is Slovak.

The differences are slight.
zetigrek
1 Oct 2010 #10
No idea. I know very little about Hungarians and have only ever met one of them.

Actually me too. But it's probably the only nation in the world we have been always having good associations with.

Never heard the comparison before though.

There is a saying: Polak, Węgier dwa bratanki i do tańca i do szklanki ;)
Note that Hungarians are not Slavs.

And you don't think Hungarians are Germans in disguise :)

They are rich as we are (no poorer, no richer like the Czechs), it is said they like fun, they lived in comunistic country...
convex 20 | 3,978
1 Oct 2010 #11
Actually me too. But it's probably the only nation in the world we have been always having good associations with.

On the other hand, they were allied with the Nazis and took part in every partition of Poland...
Bzibzioh
1 Oct 2010 #12
My vote is Slovak.

Most certainly NOT. Soviet loving commies.
zetigrek
1 Oct 2010 #13
On the other hand, they were allied with the Nazis and took part in every partition of Poland...

as Austro-Hungarian. Hubsburgs were not Hungarians, were they?
Besides that Austro-Hungarian "occupation" was the least opressive for Poles.
wildeckirenegat - | 18
1 Oct 2010 #14
Scandinavians, Finns, Czechs, Slovaks, Hungarians, Dutch
convex 20 | 3,978
1 Oct 2010 #15
Most certainly NOT. Soviet loving commies.

I guess being invaded by all of your neighbors in support of communism kind of puts you into a position of being a bit more subservient. Still, Slovaks seem culturally very close, much more so than other neighbors.

as Austro-Hungarian. Hubsburgs were not Hungarians, were they?

They couldn't have acted without the support of the Hungarian parliament. The Monarchy wasn't absolute.
zetigrek
1 Oct 2010 #16
Scandinavians,

lol

Finns,

lol

Dutch

double lol
ZIMMY 6 | 1,601
1 Oct 2010 #17
I've often heard it said that the Poles and Irish are similar and I agree to an extent

During the war Winston Churchill said, "The Poles are like the Irish, only more so."

Czech are consider by Poles as Germans in disguise

My daughter was friends with a Czech group and even had a Czech boyfriend. She said that Czech's were "a bit arrogant". (is that the German in them?)

As to my favorite group of people, it's got to be Pygmies from Cameroon.
convex 20 | 3,978
1 Oct 2010 #18
As to my favorite group of people, it's got to be Pygmies from Cameroon.

There are a bunch of them in the Congo. Natures tasty treat apparently.
Paulina 9 | 1,448
1 Oct 2010 #19
Poles are unique ;D

We're a bit like every Slavic nation, I guess...

There's this traditional friendship between Poland and Hungary:
youtube.com/watch?v=_YJVO6jPaR0

So I guess we're a bit similar.
And the Slovaks, as convex wrote - Slavs, similar language, Catholics...
(but I'm just guessing - I don't know any Slovaks or Hungarians, strangely enough)

On the other hand, they were allied with the Nazis

Actually judging by what I've read Hungary was better for Poland as an enemy cooperating with the Nazis then the Soviet Union as an "ally" fighting the Nazis, ironically...

and took part in every partition of Poland...

I think some Poles helped Hungarians during the uprising of 1848.

Scandinavians, Finns (...) Dutch

lol
tow_stalin - | 57
1 Oct 2010 #20
Czechs are free market atheists and agnostics, Poles are socialist Catholics.

did you know that biggest ratio of population being member of communist party was in czechoslovakia? czech are free market compared to poles socialist? definitely not true.
Bzibzioh
1 Oct 2010 #21
Still, Slovaks seem culturally very close, much more so than other neighbors.

Funny thing is that, although they are our neighbors, we don't know them at all. We know more about the French or British than them.
Paulina 9 | 1,448
1 Oct 2010 #22
Yes, indeed... I think it's sad - we should know more about our neighbours...
convex 20 | 3,978
1 Oct 2010 #23
did you know that biggest ratio of population being member of communist party was in czechoslovakia? czech are free market compared to poles socialist? definitely not true.

Then vs. now is probably an important differentiator.

Funny thing is that, although they are our neighbors, we don't know them at all. We know more about the French or British than them.

Do you think the geography of Slovakia played a role in that? Kind an isolated people?
OP Teffle 22 | 1,321
1 Oct 2010 #24
During the war Winston Churchill said, "The Poles are like the Irish, only more so."

Ha - first time I've heard that! Not sure what to make of it. Sounds more like an insult than anything but was possibly intended as a morale booster.

Finns - that's another group that are supposedly similar to the Irish. No idea myself.

Right, so far a bit of a vote for Poles & Slovaks maybe? Nobody seems to object much to this one...but possibly only because they don't know any Slovaks!
ZIMMY 6 | 1,601
1 Oct 2010 #25
Churchill was referring to how troublesome Poles were during the war; that they wanted this and that and were too concerned with the Soviets.
guesswho 4 | 1,289
1 Oct 2010 #26
"Nationalities with similar character traits" - maybe? :-)
OP Teffle 22 | 1,321
1 Oct 2010 #27
Jesus Zimmy. How inconsiderate of the Polish - imagine wanting your own land back and on reasonable terms? And those Russians? no need to worry about them Wiktor, not at all - sure what harm can they do?

; )
Paulina 9 | 1,448
1 Oct 2010 #28
Do you think the geography of Slovakia played a role in that? Kind an isolated people?

Ha... I've never thought of it... Mountains comprise more than half of the territory of Slovakia so I guess you're probably right...
pl.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Plik:Slovakia_topo.jpg&filetimestamp=20051226180159

I've been there and those are beautiful sights :)

I would vote for Hungarians and Slovaks... Maybe Ukrainians too? I don't know...
Torq 26 | 2,371
1 Oct 2010 #29
Hungarians.


monika87 - | 55
1 Oct 2010 #30
Scandinavians, Finns, Dutch? LMAO I am laughing myself to deathh
We Poles are unique and have most in common with Russia, Ukraine, Czech Republic, sure with Slavic countries. Don't compare the Irish always with us Poles, we are a completely different country on a very different spot on the globe. We might have just the fondness for drinking in common with the Irishman, they whisky we wódka.


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