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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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1 month 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!"



1 month ago #9387822        
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@Leowic Holland is another name for the Netherlands which is the guy sitting where Denmark should be.



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2 months ago #9384729        
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I am very bad about this. I still have problems with the Scandinavian countries, made worse because I work for a Swedish company. AND WHAT THE HELL IS HOLLAND!?! GAA!!! My world view is crumbling, I need my hat!



2 months ago #9384628        
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This isn't really the same thing, but reminds me of when I was telling people about my honeymoon to New Zealand (from the U.S.). Easily 50% of Americans I tell say something like "But what about the language barrier??" or "Wow, what do they even speak there?"

(The only language barrier was metric measurements. Looking at you, Celsius.) >.>



2 months ago #9383820        
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I love it when Americans misread Austria for Australia.



2 months ago #9382675        
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When I was young and I started to learn English, I remember having problems with seeing the difference between Germany and the Netherlands... the confusion sprang from calling the people from the Netherlands Dutch and the German word for Germany Deutschland (not sure I spelt that right).



3 months ago #9369982        
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Very true~ It took me a while to understand the difference between Netherlands, Holland and Dutch.

Another little joke from Asia. I am from Taiwan and people sometime confuse Taiwan with Thailand.

Here is an example:
"You are from Taiwan. I have been here. hmm~ Thai food is good." ...@#%&...



3 months ago #9367489        
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They're called 'Dutch' people, how do you expect us not to get confused?! Dutch=Danish!



3 months ago #9367488        
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They're called 'Dutch' people, how do you expect us not to get confused?! Dutch=Danish!



4 months ago #9360151        
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That's funny, I always confused Dutch and German (Deutsch).



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