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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-02-03

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The differences between Baltic countries and United Kingdom
Review by
Airida Balciunaite

FROM to my own experience, I feel confident to say, that there are so many things which are different in these countries. Started from food traditions, people, lifestyle or even fashion. However, some things which may look different to me, might not be different for someone else or even haven't been noticed by others. The thing is that everyone has different opinions and attitudes but all these things can be strongly affected by country where you live. This is because of traditions that are different, including different political systems or because of the information propagated by the news.

If we would take as an example, 1 of Baltic countries, Lithuania or Latvia, we could see that there is a big difference. For example, people from Lithuania or Latvia are more conservative and they feel more insecure than in United Kingdom. The main reason could be because of the historic facts, things that happened in the past, such as the time when Lithuania was taken by Russia. The life in these "Russian times," wasn't very easy and enjoyable. The most important thing was work, people didn't have a lot of free time and they weren't allowed to say their opinions. That is why some of the people in either Lithuania or Latvia are still very conservative and hardworking. While in United Kingdom, the people feel freer to spread the ideas, in their minds, for the whole world, also people look more relaxed and happier. One of the reasons could be that English people don't feel stressed, there isn't as much tension in everyday life as there is in Baltic countries.

However, as I have mentioned before, there are a lot of different things and another one is food and its traditions. When I moved here, I won't deny it, the food was one of the very first things which I found very strange. Especially, full English breakfast, I couldn't understand how people can eat that much in the morning. After a few times, when I had full traditional English breakfast I got used to it and now I really like it. Also, the thing is that in these Baltic countries like Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia, people are not used to eating a lot for breakfast, they usually have something simple such as a porridge or yogurt.

Through all of the old times, and even these days, we live a very healthy lifestyle, most of our traditional dishes are made from vegetables and a quite big part take dishes like soup or salad and people usually cook at home. However, from all the statistics, Britain is 1 of the fattest countries in Europe. Some of the reasons are that children don't eat healthy food and they don't exercise. For example, I think that when they are at schools they eat a lot of unhealthy food like pizzas, burgers or chips instead of having salad with chicken or some fruit. After a while they can't even imagine their life without fast food, so when they grow up, they keep eating all the junk food and not doing things which could help to burn all these calories. Also, another unusual thing is as the different types of meat sometimes go with sauces like apple or cranberry and this is, as I already have said, a very unusual thing to eat meat with these kinds of sauces. Also it is quite a popular thing to eat in the fast food restaurants or to buy food which is already prepared; I think that this makes people to get used to junk food and they don't cook at home. That is why some children are overweight, and this is something that you don't see in Lithuania or Latvia very often.

There are a lot of differences which might have either negative or positive side but in my opinion the best thing is to enjoy the life and focus on the positive things because you always will find things which may you make sad or unhappy.


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