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Swedish genes similar to Brits and Danes: study

TT/The Local/pvs · 11 Feb 2011, 15:32

Published: 11 Feb 2011 15:32 GMT+01:00

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An extensive genetic survey of researchers in Sweden and Finland shows clear variations between different parts of the country and indicates that Swedes are closer to Brits and Danes genetically than to Finland.

The significant differences between Swedes and neighbouring Finns has surprised researchers, as Finland and Sweden were united for several hundred years.

"It is both strange and interesting that the genes are so linked to language. It may be that if we speak different languages, you are less likely to jump into bed with one another," said Per Hall, Professor at Karolinska Institute, and one of the researchers behind the study.

He believes that the results may have important medical implications as genetic differences, such as those between populations in northern and southern Sweden, can often explain the prevalence of certain diseases.

"Stomach cancer is for example very common in the north. It may be due to genetic factors, because lifestyle differences in Sweden are not really very significant," Hall said.

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The study compared the genetic make up of a total of 1500 persons of Swedish origin, with just over 3000 people from other European countries.

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17:03 February 11, 2011 by Nemesis
The Angles and Saxons originated a lot farther north than Saxony, Jutland and Sjaeland.

The ancient Vendel culture (anglo-saxon for UK people) covered from what is now North Stockholm and the entire coast south of that as well as the coast from Göteburg south, all of modern Denmark, parts of Germany, parts of Netherlands and England.

The Sutton Hoo burial which is seen in England as one of the most important finds in england contains items that mostly originate around Öland of the coast of Småland.

Swedes will be very unhappy with this:)
18:50 February 11, 2011 by Streja
Nah Nem it makes me happy! :) Swedes love the Danes but just can't understand their language.

We love the thought of really being behind Great Britain. ;) I mean we also started Russia hmm but I suppose that's bad!

So send that Assange here as we started Australia as well then and it now belongs to us. Otherwise we will sail up the Thames and demand all your gold and threaten to not use condoms on you.
20:06 February 11, 2011 by svenscum
Britain was connected to Denmark and Europe before sea level rise created the North Sea it is therefore likely we were close to the Danes as people

Subsequent waves of people e.g. Celts from central Europe and Anglo-Saxons from North West Europe were assimilated rather than completely Ethnically eradicated

the inhabitants so it is likely our connection goes back a lot longer than just Vikings and Anglo-Saxons

Speaking as an Englishman who's married to a Swede it doesn't please me either as although I love my wife I'm not a really a fan of the rest of you
20:09 February 11, 2011 by Tanskalainen
I have serious doubts about the validity of the study. It is logical of course that the Danes and Swedes have close genes, the Danes and Swedes are essentially cousins. The Brits however are a mixed lot to say the least, Celts, Romans, French, Danes, bridge trolls, etc. they are all in there. Unless the British samples were taken from East Anglia it is doubtful they would have much in common with Scandinavia. This study makes no mention of the Sami, Estonians, or Norwegians. How do their genes compare to Swedes and Finns?
21:23 February 11, 2011 by MarkinBoston
Very few Romans came to stay - why would a Roman want to live at the end of the world? . The Norman population that came was quite small also. The Angles came down from today's Denmark, as did the Vikings. Makes perfectly good sense to me - many Scandinavian words in English now.

The Finns are a totally different people - they came from the east.
21:39 February 11, 2011 by Tanskalainen
Not a single Dane on Abbey Lane.
21:50 February 11, 2011 by sgt_doom
Interestingly, those Roman legions in the western part of Western Europe were made up of a more eastern Europely ancestry; as in Scythians, Slavs, etc.

My own British ancestry was traced back to two Swedish Viking mercenaries which that invading Norman king hired around 1066 (Erik and Ragnor of Malla, who were then granted land in return or their service to the crown).

The descendents of the Vikings can be found throughout North America, the UK, France (although Napoleon destroyed that demographic when he drafted all those 6-footers plus for his war campaigns), Russia, Spain, etc. (Very few to be ever found in Scandinavia, for obvious reasons.)

Also, a few bridge trolls in my ancestry, no doubt.
21:52 February 11, 2011 by Liquidmonkey
hahaha, whatever.

you will see 100000000% more good looking people (men & woman) in sweden for sure.

i know this sounds mean but its so true.
22:24 February 11, 2011 by Nemesis
@ Liquidmonkey,

You have never been to Skåne, have you?
22:59 February 11, 2011 by Ivan Juric
@streja We are currently debating the Australian flag here...maybe we should just change the Union Jack around for the Sverige flagga....

The British are much more mixed up genetically I did see a film that found that the northern British are more closely related to the Scandinavians
00:28 February 12, 2011 by Nemesis
I wonder how the Sweden Democrats will square this with there policy opposing Anglo-Saxon culture and anything associated?
04:32 February 12, 2011 by darky
But the Brits are not xenophobic. Who validated such studies?
07:02 February 12, 2011 by hammad674
I dont really agree much with the study, as far i have analyzed, i havn't seen any assimilation between brits and swedes, but danes can be said having some similarity with swedes anyyway. orignal swedes (excluding immigrant) are more beautiful than brits in general. I don't say brits are not beautiful but out of every 10 swedes 7 are beautiful (naturally) where as in UK out of 10 i say 5. Swedes skin is more clear (spotless) and fresh looking specially towards nothern sweden i believe so. I might be wrong but this is wht my observation is.

This is quite true that beauty and brain rarely found at one place. Swedes have more beauty and brits have more brain. I didn't mean to offend anyone but it is what my personal opinion is.

I am niether from sweden, nor from brit, america,or africa. I am from asia just to clear that i am not taking anyone side.
08:59 February 12, 2011 by Dom har glömt
And where does Norway come into play? Iceland, Norway,

Sweden, Denmark and most of Finland where all one

tribe at one point. (The Norseman) This report is

10:24 February 12, 2011 by Hogwash
I'm an Englishman with some Scandinavian ancestry but I may also have some Norman ancestry. However, the supposedly French Normans were also Scandinavian (their name means 'North Men') - there's very little true french in the English.

You just have to look at the number of scandinavian place names in England and the simarlarities in our languages to see the links.
15:16 February 12, 2011 by Haubits77B
Well, this is no suprise, but there is a couple of things that people do forget: "Danes" during the dark ages wasn´t the same as Danes today. "Danes" was the English name of men from entire Scandinavia! (Besides, even "Scandianvians" are a strange term since Scandinavia is the peninsula where Norway and Sweden is located, I mean, Denmark isn´t, in in geographical terms, a part of Scandinavia.

The Finnish people are (apart from the Swedish descendants) a Finno-Ugric tribe from the deapest parts of Asia....
15:40 February 12, 2011 by calebian22
It may be that if we speak different languages, you are less likely to jump into bed with one another."

Ring Ring, Captain Obvious calling. Pantomiming a booty call is doomed to failure.
18:43 February 12, 2011 by wxman
True points made here by a couple of posters. Finns are Slavic. They have more in common ethnicly with Poles, Russians, Hungarians, etc. Whereas Scandinavians are Western Europeans like the Germans, Dutch, English, Scottish and Irish.
23:38 February 12, 2011 by Tanskalainen
@wxman Finns are not slavs anymore than Sami or Estonians are slavs. It might be risky putting people in a catagory where they do not belong. Keep that in mind.
17:57 February 13, 2011 by Rebel
Maybe 50 years from now the average Swede will have more in common with people from north Africa than to Danes.
19:01 February 13, 2011 by farnoxo
explains the common love of binge drinking and drunken brawling I suppose :-)
15:04 February 14, 2011 by loudasthunder
If they mean 'genes' as in 'culture', then Yes this is very true. Sweden is quickly losing it's Scandinavian grass-roots 'genes' as well.
06:56 February 17, 2011 by twcarlisle
Swedes may therefore more closely related to Americans. They won't like that and with good reason.
13:47 February 18, 2011 by philster61
you will see 100000000% more good looking people (men & woman) in sweden for sure."

Plus 100000% more stupid people too
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