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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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9 months ago #9466739        
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Im a Dane that recently moved to USA for 2 years. And when they asked "where are you from?" I of course said Denmark. Every time after I told them that I came from Denmark they asked me questions about my country: " Do you eat a lot of fish in Norway?" , "Is it cold in Sweden?", "Do you ever miss your Dutch friends?", "What kind of sports do you play in... where did you say you came from?".

And once a guy thought he was smart because he knew that Danes is NOT called Dutch, but "Denmarkeans".

GETTING REALLY TIRED OF YOUR SHIT AMERICA.

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8 months ago #9469384        
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the Spanish make these mistakes a lot too -- also Lithuania/Latvia... eh. ignorants.

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9 months ago #9467972        
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Don't forget Austria/Australia... -.-

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txag70

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11 months ago #9448954        
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Interesting sidenote: The initial settlers to Pennsylvania in the early 1800s were called the "Pennsylvania Dutch." In reality, there were all Germans, and "Deutsch" had been mistranslated.



1 year ago #9392837        
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An elder Norwegian man said to me: "So you're Dutch? I so appreciate how you apologized for the war, unlike the Japanese. German people are good people!"

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JuKaC

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2 months ago #9536367        
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Once I met a Swede and I asked him how it was like to live in Switzerland :( but it was by accident because Sweden is "Suecia" and Switzerland is "Suiza" in Spanish



Efeu

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2 months ago #9535714        
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Someone in my world history class(in a school in the US) mixed up Louisiana and Lithuania. "Wait, wasn't Louisiana part of the Soviet Union?" FACEPALM



3 months ago #9531770        
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im learning from this comic though i would never mix ups Switzerland and Sweden mainly because before this comic i knew nothing of sweds just that they existed between Norway and Finland. sadly i did think Denmark and he Netherlands were the same i thought the Netherlands were a part of Denmark. sorry the school system here sucks so bad especially in history.

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4 months ago #9509048        
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* Facepalm*......But he means well



5 months ago #9503241        
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A good deal of people also mix up the Germans and the Dutch because the Germans call themselves Deutsche, which sounds similar to Dutch. That's why some things that are German in origin are referred to as Dutch.



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