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Old January 3rd, 2013, 12:11 AM   #18121
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In Slovak is Germany Nemecko, and Germas are Nemci.
What is strange, Netherlands are in Slovak "Holandsko", while most of European countries use Net-,Ne- or Ned- prefix in their language. It is similat with Italy, we call it Taliansko, while it is mostly Italy (or sth. like that) in the rest of Europe.
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 12:16 AM   #18122
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Netherlands is Olanda in Romanian and the people olandezi
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 12:24 AM   #18123
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some weird countries' names: Włochy, Węgry, Rakousko, Pays Bas, Venemaa/Venäjä (Valgevene/Valko-Venäjä), Viro, Leedu, Iirimaa. and, of course, Suomi and Soome - which are not similar at any other languages to original
All of the names starting from Venemaa are either in Finnish or Estonian.

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In Slovak is Germany Nemecko, and Germas are Nemci.
What is strange, Netherlands are in Slovak "Holandsko", while most of European countries use Net-,Ne- or Ned- prefix in their language. It is similat with Italy, we call it Taliansko, while it is mostly Italy (or sth. like that) in the rest of Europe.
In Estonia it's "Holland".
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 12:28 AM   #18124
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In Romanian we call Switzerland as "Elveția".
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 12:34 AM   #18125
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Translation: Lars-Åke Krantz has lived along the gravel road between Gussjö and Hälledal for 30 years. A short distance distance from his home there's a hole in the road that's so big he can fit in it.
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 12:36 AM   #18126
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 12:37 AM   #18127
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Netherlands is Olanda in Romanian and the people olandezi
Same in Italy except we say olandesi with s instead of z. Paesi Bassi is also used (and it's more correct in formal speech).
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In real life, electronic toll collection was first introduced in Bergen, Norway in 1986, and well into the 21th century many countries still struggle to implement it.
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 12:38 AM   #18128
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In Estonia it's "Holland".
In portuguese its "Holanda" and people "holandeses"

The H is silent in portuguese.

And Switzerland its "Suiça"
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 12:50 AM   #18129
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In Serbian Switzerland is "Švajcarska", which probably comes from German version "Schweiz"+suffix.

Also, we call the Netherlands "Holandija", while Croats call it "Nizozemska", which mean "low land".
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 12:57 AM   #18130
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In fact in portuguese "Holanda" isnt the correct word but "Países Baixos" is correct word for "Netherlands".
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 01:38 AM   #18131
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In Romanian we call the country "Germania", and the people "germani", but we also call the people "neamţ/nemţi" where "ţ" is like zz in pizza. Also we can refer to the country as Nemţia.
That's even closer to Slovenian than other Slavic languages are. We call it "Nemčija" [nemchia].
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 01:54 AM   #18132
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That's even closer to Slovenian than other Slavic languages are. We call it "Nemčija" [nemchia].
That's interesting. But to us it's a slang word. We don't use it often for the country, but we do call the German people like that pretty often, at least in my region anyway.

I say "I saw a German" - "Am văzut un neamţ" and almost never "Am văzut un german".

But "I was in Germany" - "Am fost în Germania" but also to make it sound funnyer "Am fost în Nemţia".

Official word is Germania/german though.

I think for Holland ther is also beside Olanda the term Ţările de Jos.
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 01:20 PM   #18133
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In Spanish the Netherlands are Holanda. But Holland is only a part of the country and is incorrectly used (Chris is not from Holland, but from Overijssel). So the Netherlands are a.k.a. Países Bajos (literally "Low Countries"). But Dutch is said "neerlandés", which sounds a little silly.
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 01:46 PM   #18134
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also it's interesting in german France is still called Frankreich, as a common ex-kingdom of Franks.
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 04:09 PM   #18135
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Two public shootings in Europe using assault rifles since Saturday (Amsterdam and Switzerland). Only matters when it's in the U.S.?
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 04:23 PM   #18136
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 04:33 PM   #18137
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There was a deadly mass shooting in a Finnish high school 3-4 years ago.
2 weeks ago, a man from Gela, Italy during a crazy rage attack started shooting in the middle of the street (he had hunting license). He was finally killed by a cop.
A question: if, even in countries where weapon possession is strictly controlled, such things happen from time to time, I wouldn't imagine how bad would be if 50%+ people own a firearm and if everybody can buy one without pass any psychiatric test.
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 04:34 PM   #18138
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Two public shootings in Europe using assault rifles since Saturday (Amsterdam and Switzerland). Only matters when it's in the U.S.?
We had one in Italy too, ten days ago...
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 04:37 PM   #18139
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....I wouldn't imagine how bad would be if 50%+ people own a firearm and if everybody can buy one without pass any psychiatric test.
What countries meet that description? Not the U.S....

If we're going to debate this sort of thing, we can at least get the facts right.
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The guy from Gela had no "assault gun" but a common hunting rifle.
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