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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
 


1038 Comments:
 
butler

17 M
18 days ago #9281196        

@KOakoKO It's mostly because we Brits are very bad at names. Also, Deutsche is what Germans call themselves, Dutch is what we hopeless english speakers call the Netherlanders. Just take it as one of those quirks that build up in languages.



19 days ago #9280959        

@KOakaKO
Dutch people refer themselves and their language as "Nederlands" or "Nederlandse" (both means Netherlands' in English). The Dutch word for German is "Duits".



KOakaKO

48 M
20 days ago #9280002        

I've wondered my entire life why Germans are "Deutsche", while those from Netherlands are "Dutch". I assume it's just a coincidence, but some of the similarities in all the names of the different countries and peoples makes me wonder if it's more than just a coincidence...



24 days ago #9277958        

@VaernesGardermoen Yeah, Dutch and Deutsch is much more similiar than Danish and Dutch...
Tsk tsk...silly Americans:XD:



25 days ago #9277766        

Danish and Dutch - I see obvious differences.

Deutsch and Dutch - The differences are less significant.
So it should be "Germany" not "Denmark", even if "Deutsch" is a German word, it is more common to see Deutsch instead of German in langage select menu.



29 days ago #9275106        

someone once thought I was German... and then started to speak german to me... that was awkward, because I almost couldn't understand it :XD: and I didn't want to be rude.. but my friend told that person that she could better speak English to us, because we didn't speak German :XD:



Arethusa

22 F
30 days ago #9275017        

Four times have I gotten this answer when I say I'm from Norway "Oh, the capital in Sweden" .... Why



2 months ago #9265813        

@Puttekock oh yes, we do....



2 months ago #9264657        

I bet Austrians and the Australians have the same issue at hand.



3 months ago #9246675        

I was disappointed in the last panel



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