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I'm not sure what Storebaelt is called in English. Great Belt sounds much more reasonable than Big Belt and Google yields more (and more plausible) results. I'll change it for now but it would be nice if some would look it up in a map or atlas. Thanks, Kosebamse 13:13 May 13, 2003 (UTC)

Hello. Well 10 years is no time :-) I have looked it up, because I needed to know in an other context and my Danish-English dictionary, says 'The Great Belt'. Lillebælt is 'The Little Belt'. RhinoMind (talk) 00:14, 2 December 2013 (UTC) (Im Danish btw)

Since you're talking about English, as a native English speaker i must say that it's rather shocking and seems inappropriate to see the Baltic called a "mediterranean sea". That may confuse English speaking people since the only sea the general public is aware of that is known by the term "mediterranean", is called The Mediterranean Sea and it is off the coast of North Africa. The only people who know or use the technical descriptive term "mediterranean", denoting a TYPE of geographical location, are people with a degree in geography and such. In the general parlance, we never, ever, refer to any other body of water with the word "mediterranean" --except among very well educated people in that specialty. In english, that is -- and this is written in english, with a mostly english readership. Meat Eating Orchid (talk) 19:17, 7 February 2014 (UTC)

Seconded!
Johan M. Olofsson (talk) 20:27, 12 April 2015 (UTC)
Not. The prior lead did not define the Baltic Sea outright but described its location, which makes it an ineffective lead. We do not need to lowbrow readers on the concept of a 'mediterranean sea', since the articles are linked appropriately. Thus, I have made edits that should explain more. 70.55.48.123 (talk) 04:44, 13 April 2015 (UTC)
You changed
which defines the Baltic Sea as one of the mediterranean seas of the Atlantic
to
A mediterranean sea of the Atlantic, with limited water exchange...
Well done!
That's much better than the previous statement (on the first line)
The Baltic Sea is a mediterranean sea located...
Johan M. Olofsson (talk) 23:24, 13 April 2015 (UTC)

Romanian language[edit]

Hello. "baltă” in Romanian is ”marsh, swamp, pool, moor”, all related to bodies of water, and, as it is with words, they translate into other languages in different meanings and extent. IMHO, the name The Baltic Sea, is ”The Watery Place” or something like that. Wikitor

The most straightforward explanation for Romanian baltă, Albanian baltë and Greek βάλτος, which all mean "mud, swamp", is that they are early borrowings from Slavic. The Proto-Slavic word for swamp is usually reconstructed as *bolto, but evidence from attested names and loanwords from or into Slavic (including in Southeastern Europe, where Slavs were present in the 6th century and settled down from 612 on) suggest that the Proto-Slavic phoneme conventionally written as *o was still pronounced more [a]-like until the beginning of the 9th century (compare Slavic liquid metathesis and pleophony#Dating), so the word should have sounded more like balta. So the option you propose is essentially contained in the Slavic proposal, which is already mentioned in the article. Given that Romanian was never spoken anywhere near the Baltic Sea, while Slavic certainly was spoken at the southern coast of the Baltic by the 11th century and earlier, Romanian is exceedingly unlikely to have been directly involved. --Florian Blaschke (talk) 00:28, 16 July 2016 (UTC)

Demographics[edit]

The demographics section says that 15 million people live within 10 km of the coast, but then goes on to say that 90% of the 22 million people living in cities > 250,000 live within 10 km of the coast, which would give 19.8 million people in that area. Anyone know which number is more accurate? Sort of pedantic, but it looks pretty silly for the article to apparently contradict itself within a couple lines.

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