Scandinavia and the World

Still a long way

Still a long way

Not a month goes by without someone confusing Sweden/Switzerland or Denmark/Netherlands. With Sweden/Switzerland it's because of the names of the countries, but with Denmark/Netherlands it's because people from Denmark are called Danish and people from Netherlands are called Dutch.

It's usually Americans who make those mistakes, but the first time I encountered it in real life was actually in England when I got in the wrong line to get into the country. I was supposed to stand in the Europe line but ended up in the Rest of The World line, and one of the women there could apparently tell something was wrong and asked me, "Are you Dutch?" I said no and handed her my passport which said Denmark and she responded with, "That's what I said: Dutch. Why are you lying about where you're from?" :XD:

3rd February 2012

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2 days ago #9360151        

That's funny, I always confused Dutch and German (Deutsch).

2 days ago #9360130        

Reminds me of a conversation I once had..

Me: I'm from Sweden.
Guy: Switzerland?
Me: No.. Sweden
Guy: Swedenland?

Don't think he wanted to understand xD

2 months ago #9341744        

It's scary how accurate this is. Took me a little while to tell apart swiss from swede and dutch from danish. GET OUT OF MY HEEEEEAD!!

2 months ago #9339495        

I had an interview yesterday and mentioned that I want to go on exchange to either Russia or Switzerland. Both my interviewers started talking about a person who used to work there and had gone to "Switzerland" and love the Scandinavian countries even though they couldn't speak any "Swiss". I had to ask if they meant Sweden and Swedish.


2 months ago #9337462        

This is really funny. But I have myself always confused Dutch with Germany (Germans) when slightyl younger, for quite some time. It was annoying.
But I knew how this story would play out beforehand, so I'm learning! :D


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2 months ago #9335071        

@ddwiseman *facepalm*

3 months ago #9333382        

Gets better. I wrote a story involving a "Duchy" once (a region of land controlled by a Duke or Duchess), and got asked what I had against the Dutch.


21 M
3 months ago #9328279        

Dutch, Danish, same thing... you both sit basically on the ocean right?

4 months ago #9309020        

Hmm.. I guess government workers are the same everywhere... unqualified for any other job, they are shuttled to Immigration... and believe me having travelled and lived in numerous countries over the past ten years, Immigration officials have been the most tedious people to deal with in every country I've been to. Not all of them of course, but there is always at least one yahoo who proves my point.

4 months ago #9307753        

I wouldn't mind accepting a challenge of naming countries, recognizing them, or recognizing their flags... (hint, hint)

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