The meaning of Baltic countries depends on the context in which it is used.
- When discussing politics, Baltic countries usually refers to three countries on the Baltics coasts: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. See Baltic States.
- When discussing ecology, biology or geography, Baltic countries usually refers to all of the countries around the Baltic Sea: Sweden, Norway, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia's Kaliningrad District, Poland, Germany and Denmark.
- In a strict sense, the following countries, sometimes called the Baltic Sea countries, have access to the Baltic Sea: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Sweden.
The Baltic Sea countries, together with Norway, Iceland and the European Union form the Council of the Baltic Sea States.
See also: Scandinavia, Nordic countries, Baltic Republics, Northern Europe, Europe
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