nationality and ethnicity, what is the difference?

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“United Macedonian Diaspora”

Since: Jun 07

Pella Macedonia

#1 Nov 30, 2008

The problem with most Greeks (and not only Greeks) is that they do not know the difference between NATIONALITY and ETHNICITY.

For your information; nationality is defined by the state or empire in which you live and could change if the borders where you live change. If some population does not posses a national state it can not be a nationality, but can be an ethnic group or separate ethnicity.

There is only one ethnicity that describes a certain people that is why we have multi-ethnic states like Austria and Canada. There are Austrians but there are also ethnic minorities like Slovenes, Czechs, etc. These are ethnic minorities. So, the Slovenes living in Austria are Austrians by nationality but Slovenes by ethnicity. Easy as pie!

The problem between nationality and ethnicity in modern times arose when the new national states and their national churches were formed in the Balkans in the 19-th century. Since Macedonians were left under the Ottoman Empire our ancestors did not have their national churches, so they were given a chance to choose between the Greek, Bulgarian or Serbian church.

There were frequent cases when one of the brothers, living close to and visiting a Greek national church, was treated in the censuses as a Greek, whereas the other brother living close to and visiting a Bulgarian national church was treated as Bulgarian in the Turkish censuses.

That is clear to anyone who is not biased and who seeks the truth. Unfortunately it is not so clear to those who want to use it as propaganda.

Eni Macedonia

Athens, Greece

#2 Nov 30, 2008
Your nationality is swedish and your ethnicity is fabricated to be makedontsi.
Your real ethnicity is bulgarian, serbian or albanian?

Don`t tell me "macedonian" because, you know is fabricated during the last century.

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