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Topic: What's going on in Scandinavia, North Atlantic, Baltic States and Scotland? (Read 49780 times)

  • jax
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What's going on in Scandinavia, North Atlantic, Baltic States and Scotland?
So what is happening in those barely populated areas linked to the North Atlantic ocean?

  • ersi
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Re: What's going on in Scandinavia, North Atlantic, Baltic States and Scotland?
Reply #475
Google News app expanded to the Baltic countries, yay!

Except that the sources for Estonia are in Russian only, primarily featuring Sputnik fake news mill. Sources for Latvia are in English only. Sources for Lithuania are in Lithuanian (good), but you can't get e.g. Finnish news (dealbreaker), says this article https://tehnika.postimees.ee/4489140/google-news-pakub-eestlastele-ebameeldiva-ullatuse

Note: I personally never have taken a look at Google News app or site or whatever it is. I have browser bookmarks instead.

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Re: What's going on in Scandinavia, North Atlantic, Baltic States and Scotland?
Reply #476
It doesn't look too bad but I don't really see the point of it.

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Re: What's going on in Scandinavia, North Atlantic, Baltic States and Scotland?
Reply #477
This is primarily for the viewing pleasure of @Mr. Tennessee

https://youtu.be/ALsNFGGu6eQ

  • Frenzie
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Re: What's going on in Scandinavia, North Atlantic, Baltic States and Scotland?
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@ersi I was at the Estonian embassy in Brussels today. :P

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Reply #479
@Frenzie Awesome. How did it go? (I've never been to Belgium. The only EU capital I have been to was Frankfurt.)

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Re: What's going on in Scandinavia, North Atlantic, Baltic States and Scotland?
Reply #480
I had to be one street over. The picture I took on my phone didn't turn out very well but I'll post it in a bit. ;)

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Re: What's going on in Scandinavia, North Atlantic, Baltic States and Scotland?
Reply #481
Here you go. :P


  • ersi
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Re: What's going on in Scandinavia, North Atlantic, Baltic States and Scotland?
Reply #482
Just the flag indicates something (and is there the EU flag next to it as it should be, just behind the tree?) and it's nearly a miracle you got it on camera. It's an as unimpressive building as the one next to it...

  • Frenzie
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Re: What's going on in Scandinavia, North Atlantic, Baltic States and Scotland?
Reply #483
Yes, the tree is hiding it.

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Reply #484
It's an as unimpressive building
For an unimpressive country.
You don't need a more impressive embassy, it won't give you more EU funds.
Our embassy in Brussels is a shithole just like that and I think that's too much money spent with Belgians. A tent would be enough.
A matter of attitude.

  • Frenzie
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Re: What's going on in Scandinavia, North Atlantic, Baltic States and Scotland?
Reply #485
If I recall correctly the Estonian pavilion at the World Expo in Hanover (2000) was pretty impressive actually.

Edit: I recall correctly https://steemit.com/architecture/@refuel/world-expo-architecture-hannover-expo-2000-estonian-pavilion

I wonder how the Dutch pavillion's doing.

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Re: What's going on in Scandinavia, North Atlantic, Baltic States and Scotland?
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Reply #487
Well then. :-/

  • ersi
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Reply #488

The full story is here https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/06/29/u-s-ambassador-to-estonia-resigns-in-disgust-after-trump-anti-europe-rants-nato-european-union-diplomacy-transatlantic-alliance/

I don't think that the rate of ambassador resignations is extraordinary. But the reasons are. Anyway, this is U.S. news really.

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Re: What's going on in Scandinavia, North Atlantic, Baltic States and Scotland?
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I wouldn't know, but I think in a way the bigger story is that in many places there are no replacements.

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Re: What's going on in Scandinavia, North Atlantic, Baltic States and Scotland?
Reply #490
It's only a story if you think ambassadors serve an important purpose. Trump doesn't think so. He has many posts empty in the administration.

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Re: What's going on in Scandinavia, North Atlantic, Baltic States and Scotland?
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Tallinn named as one of the world's top cruise destinations
...the top 5 destinations of the Baltic Sea and Scandinavia region are:
1. St. Petersburg;
2. Flam;
3. Tallinn;
4. Geiranger;
5. Copenhagen
What is "Flam"? Is it Flåm, Norway? And Tallinn is placed after that tiny village?

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Re: What's going on in Scandinavia, North Atlantic, Baltic States and Scotland?
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Fjord tourism is among the more popular forms of cruise tourism. Not very surprising, given that staying on oversized ships is actually quite long-winded and pretty boring, and fjords add a bit of drama. The two destinations on the list, Flåm and Geiranger, are both on the same fjord. Flåm is part of a packaging deal, Norway in a Nutshell, where you mix/match the railroad between Oslo and Bergen, the connecting Flåm line railroad to Flåm, terminus and port, cruise ships, bus, or bicycle. Then you take plane home from either Bergen or Oslo. You spend a weekend or a week, and you have "done" Norway. Next year New Zealand.

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Re: What's going on in Scandinavia, North Atlantic, Baltic States and Scotland?
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Lithuania warns Russian taxi app could be snooping on users

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) -- Lithuanian authorities on Tuesday "strongly" urged consumers, especially public servants, not to install the app of a popular Russian taxi-booking service because it may unlawfully be collecting user data.

Rytis Rainys, head of Lithuania's National Cyber security center, said they were running "various tests" of the Yandex Taxi application.

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Aram Sargsyan, Yandex's global strategy director, told the Baltic News Service agency that the company "processes and stores data of (European Union) users strictly according to EU regulations" -- but said it was willing to submit itself to a check.
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