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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:
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Loewenherz Featured By Owner Edited Jan 27, 2016
And then it comes to the flags and Switzerland looks almost like Denmark if the painter / sewer was lazy ? ;)

But then... who here in Europe gets all the fifty states right, can sort each accent into the right corner without help and maybe also knows more than two dozen of the capital cities? It's not that much difference at all..

www.themeparkinsider.com/art/2… Look America would drape over much of Europe and that's without Alaska and Hawaii and any of the dependent territories they still have got...#

Even worse is that most of us won't know that Australia and Brasil are similar in size to either the contiguous US states or Europe as maps often seem to make them small and unimportant in comparison...
And while i searched for the overlay map i found one that put TWO shadows of the US and twice Alaska over a Map of Russia... which means it's twice as large :D
And another one putting US, India, China and the EU 27 into Africa with Japan being put over Madagaskar and fitting pretty well...
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Zakanuva Featured By Owner Edited Jan 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I feel offended.
(Has a temper tantrum on Tumblr)

:clap: Seriously, though, this is a great series!
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GladiolaPeridot Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016
Haha I legit thought this was Hetalia fan art until I realised how they look

Sorry if you get that a lot or if your're annoyed by that, I only just found these DX
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CocoaTheOmega Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
XD awww the little fishy!
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K1ng-0f-H34rt5 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I swear the moment I saw Netherlands my mind went "okay, that's wrong" 
ahh the miracles of the internet and what it can teach you about where people are from ;u;
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Orionnator Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, at least there's no country named "Daneland"! But one thing that makes it more confusing is that the German word for "German" is "Deutsche" and "Germany" is "Deutschland".
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funsizedOtaku Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015  Student General Artist
XD I'm American and the later is a little confusing to me.
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brancorvo Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015
"Why are you lying about where you're from?". lol
How someone answer that question?



Well names and Countries are a complicated to match. Especially if we remember the nephews of Uncle Sam are called"Americans" (and America is a big continent: Brazil for instance do is just as much a American country as USA is), or "North Americans" (didn't should this include Canada somehow?). Sometimes I do try call then "unitedestaters", but most friends of my just assume I'm trying to offend someone: no matter how I intone the word.                       
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Orionnator Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"American" does not encompass all other countries in the Americas. America is not a continent, it is the alternative name for the USA; North and South America are continents. If someone lives in Brazil, they are not American, they are Brazilian and South American. I can't believe how many people say "America is not a country!". I don't see them complaining about Mexico!
(The official name for Mexico is "The United Mexican States", or the UMS, but most everyone calls it by the simplified name.)
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brancorvo Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015
Talking serious for a moment: America is a continent, Orionnator.  North, Central and South America are sections of it, as North and South of USA, or East Coast, West Coast.  

America is also how a country (a big and powerful one, by the way) is usually called, so I would admit the "America is not a country" affirmative to be false. Just because how a thing is usually called is,  by definition, the usual name of it.

The same word is name to both things, a continent and a country. that creates a little confusion, but not that much. A more our less similar thing happens in my country whit two  two states/cities  Rio de Janeiro and Sâo Paulo, this names are used for city and state. (except that "Rio de Janeiro" city is capital of "Rio de Janeiro" state, same thing for São Paulo city and São Paulo state, but "America" country is not "capital" of "America" continent, because continents don't have "capital countries"). If you had a state in "United States of America" called "United States of America", or a state in "Brazil" called "Brazil", would be more precisely the same thing that happens between "America" continent and "America" country.

Could be just coincidence, or linguistic 'accident', the whole and a part of it having the same name. Could not means any arrogant claim from unitedstaters (about their country supposed  be like "the capital country" of this continent maybe?) . Could, and if that were the case probably it almost never appear in conversations or jokes, and neither you would we likely  listen "America is not a country" nor would you postulate "America is not a continent". This two two false affirmatives are the case in conversations (and are sometimes funny) only because, as we all know, in this case, what could be probably is no.

As we all know unitedstaters do are any times extremely arrogant about their country, and do suppose it not only the capital of this continent but sometimes even the capital of hole World. Or don't we all know that?  
   
                              
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Orionnator Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm still really not sure where you get the idea that America is a singular continent. If anything, it's two continents missing a plural. North America is an individual continent and South America is too, while Central America is a region. Northern and Southern USA and the East and West coasts may be dichotomous, but that doesn't make them the proper regions of the USA. There are multiple ways to classify the country, although none of them consist solely of cardinal directions. Either way, this does not have any parallel to the scenario with the Americas.

The part about Americans (I'm not sure why you still decide to call them 'Unitedstaters') being arrogant about their country is only true with some of the people. I come from the U.S. and I'm really indifferent about it. You're stereotyping here.
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brancorvo Featured By Owner Edited Dec 13, 2015
Not all individual unitedstaters are arrogant, yes orionnator, agreed. Some are not and other are a bit but still less than the average human. And I have to trust your word about yourself, naturally (because we don't know each other that well yet). But I'm happy to trust your words about yourself.

Stereotyping is useful (and valid_ as long we don't mistake neither existence with  generality, nor generality with universality) . I do stereotype sometimes, even if not more often than the average human does.

"Unitedstater" is a free translation for the word "estadunidense", used sometimes to name people natural from US. Is an alternative to "americano" or "norte americano". As we are debating precisely the use of "America" the choice to use "Uniedstater" seems clear to my.         

Now, about our principal topic: in our conversation I say "America is a Continent" (...as much as it is a Country),  you say "America is not a Continent". One way to solve the "A is B/A isn't B" dilemmas is to ask "in which language game A is B?/ In which language game A isn't B?" or "according to what rules and specific context A is B?" We could ask ourselves similar questions (and if your anwer happens to be: "according whit the true" or "in all possible/valid/sane language games" I would have to take back my trust in your word about yourself. Obviously). But I think we don't need concern ourselves more whit our continent, or our continents, for now.

Because if I well understood your opinion "America" is an alternative name for  make short "United States of America". And if that's what you believe I would expect you to accept that "America" is a equally good name for "South America" and for "North America", also for the group formed by North America and South America. Being that so "American" would mean equally well "natural from South America", "natural from North America", or if you which it would mean "natural from either North or South America", as well as it could mean "Natural from United States of America".

You mentioned (again, if I well understood) that you many times find people using the words America and American in this sense (and you dislike it). So I would like to continue our pleasant conversation here asking you why don't seems equally valid to you short "United States of America", "South America" and "North America" for "America"? Why the first one seems acceptable to you, but the other two not so, Orionnator ?       
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Orionnator Featured By Owner Edited Dec 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've kind of explained most of my logic already, but I guess I can elaborate. By official terms, North and South America are two individual continents, out of the seven (the others being Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and Antarctica). This means to group them as one singular continent would be geographically incorrect. Together, they are the Americas. But you cannot logically call them by a singular collective name (i.e. "America") in this way. It does not make sense to individually call them by that same name, either: if you called both "South America" and "North America" by simply "America," a plethora of problems and confusion would arise. It is necessary to differentiate because they are different continents with both very different cultural and also geographical backgrounds. Linguistic logic doesn't really apply very well here. There is no other country that has the word "America" in it, thus there is nothing to differentiate from and it works to call it by the shortened name.

Also, I'd like to clarify: I don't dislike it because of the notion of someone in Uruguay possibly being called by the same geographically-oriented adjective as me, I dislike it because it bothers me when people call the wrong things by the wrong names.
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brancorvo Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015
Well now I think you elaborated your logic better, Orionnator. And in your logic you count "official" as equal to not "wrong", being "wrong" what goes against "official". As we are talking about natural language in open contexts, let's agree to disagree.

 Although we often have the impression that we are explaining perfectly every idea, and that the things we believe are self-evident, only in real conversations with people who disagree or do not understand what we are saying human thought really organizes it's logic, and became clear. It was a pleasure discussing with you.
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Orionnator Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your second-to-last statement was describing itself.

Nonetheless, nice conversing with yoy
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MapleTeaa Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
At least we're trying!! XD
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DamianMyutsuu Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*sigh* As a fellow American whom is part Dutch, I have to say we need improvement
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TheTooginator Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think Humon nailed it with his America character. We really feel like America is its own cultural and political ecosystem and the rest of the world is distant and different. We feel pretty big and tough, but we mean well, we just don't want to have to learn all that hard stuff like "What the heck is a parliament?", "They have a President AND a Prime Minister?", "On this map of Europe, one of those countries at the top is Norway and one is Sweden, but which is which?" We spent all of our geography energy learning where Missouri is and have nothing left for Scandinavia.

We feel guilty for not knowing this stuff, but we were traumatized as a youth reading about Prussia but not seeing it on a map. Where is Austria-Hungary? Is it in Austria, or Hungary?? We don't see Bavaria on a map either!! How about Serbo-Croatian? Is it Serbian or Croatian? Wales? Not on a map! Ack! America gives up!!
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MapleTeaa Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
OMFG yes XD
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VarthDaider Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015
I had to laugh.

I told someone I was from Norway while in England and they talked about the Chocolate and Cheese we make. Well...we do make those, but ugh a little uncertain

Then she talked about our Mountains and
Well ditto we have those...

Then she talked about our having been Neutral during WWWII... that would have been us if no one had decided to invade us...

Anyway, I found she meant Sweden, not Norway, and she thought Sweden was bordered by France, Italy, and Germany.

OK, wrong country :)

Like the comic is point here ;)
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2012ReapeR Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Student Digital Artist
xD Americans and geography xD
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Dewani90 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
no joke... outside of a few states and a whole country... below the bravo river... everything is a new world to me... and i'm american.
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2012ReapeR Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Student Digital Artist
you mean it's true for every one?
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Dewani90 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
more or less, i don't have a lot of interest on the rest of the world, i still wanna visit india to see where my mom was born and some european countries to see where my ancestors were born.
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2012ReapeR Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Student Digital Artist
and where that is?
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Dewani90 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
well, the investigation i did about my family tree said they went from romania, to france, to italy, then saudi arabia, iran, to establish themselves on india, i guess they at some point called the UK home too, then on my dad's side there was moldavia, albania, sweden, ireland, slovakia, and japan for a few generations, then went to america to live in mexico... or at least that was what grandma said.

i'm soo skipping saudi arabia and iran... i heard they still fighting today and i don't wanna be added to the list of dead tourists there.
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Vincent-Wullf Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
eh.... living in America has it's ups and downs. mostly ups thankfully
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SkewedRevisions Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Professional General Artist
The irony is that I agree...
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PerceptorsFembot Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
The unfortunate thing is that this is true and common for many many M A N Y Americans. Moments I thank the higher powers my mom is English. ;)
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Nibblez22 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Well, the USA is a fairly young country after all XD
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RavenMoonDust Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015
America isn't all that muscly Were more fat and obese.
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Octoboy-the-8th Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015
It's a wonder people mix up the Dutch with the Danes more than they mix the Dutch with the Deutsch. Actually, I think it's weird they're called the Dutch in English, why not just call them Netherlandic or something, that's closer for their word for themselves anyway.

And yeah, Sweden and Switzerland might be easy to mix up if you're tired or something, but I think the two countries with the most confusingly similar names are Austria and Australia, which I often find I have to read twice to make sure I've got the right one. It's a good thing those two aren't from the same continent, they'd probably be mixed up even more. 
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Prussian-Birb-Lord Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Well, the German language adapted from Danish so that's the reason I think.
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JMuth561 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
Do me a favor and name all 50 US states, as well as give their geographic locations. Just because you have a few experiences with a few idiots doesn't mean everyone in that country is the very same. Not only are we one of the most diverse countries in the word regarding ethnic ancestry (the most diverse, depending on criteria), but we're also diverse in terms of levels of ignorance, worldliness, and recognition of roaming potential (how people always complain about Americans never leaving our own country, and how we decide whether we have a need or a desire to visit other places, and subsequently weigh the cost). Personally, I've never met anyone who confused Danish and Dutch people. I'm sure it happens here, but not on the level portrayed in this comic. 

Then again, you know what they say about comedic jabs and stereotyping in comedy (I'm assuming, here, considering you are a comic artist). 
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Awesomekittehlove Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
Are you trying to give us all homework D: it's a Saturday!
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RyukiRose3407 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You probably never met anyone who confused the two, because America has a very ethnocentric worldview. I've never heard anyone talk about the Danish AND the Dutch, so there's never been a chance to explore this.

Yes, not -ALL- Americans are like this, but many are. Because many are like this, that paints how other countries generally see and/or stereotype Americans (and Americans do the same to other countries, don't even pretend we don't.) More often than not, humon gives a pretty good depiction of the countries from their own experience. That doesn't make these depictions universal, but it doesn't make humon wrong or mean-spirited.
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JMuth561 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
Right. Because I'm surrounded by Americans, I obviously don't know anything about any of them. Just because maybe a single loud-mouthed percent of our people are complete idiots (and the rest of us know that they are), doesn't mean we all are. 
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RyukiRose3407 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When you're immersed in a culture, you don't recognize things that outsiders do nor how often they happen. The -average- American probably would do or say half the things that America from humon-verse does. Even if you want to argue they wouldn't, this is a non-American's observations inflated for comedic effect.

Plus, I forgot to add this before: I doubt a lot of Americans could even name the 50 states and place them all, geographically, correct on a map without guidelines. Might want to change your "test."
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JMuth561 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
And when you wish to remove yourself from a culture, you deflect your insecurities upon those around you. I've already given proof of my point. It's your turn to prove yours. Otherwise, stop wasting your breath. 
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RyukiRose3407 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You've given no proof, actually.

If anyone is projecting insecurities, I'd wager it's you. If you know you're not like this, then you wouldn't be so concerned with your "not all Americans" campaign. However, you get mad when outsiders poke fun and make observations thanks to the abundant "loud" Americans (do you do the same when Americans make comments on other cultures?)

Most likely, you feel like you're part of those "loud" Americans and that these illustrations poke fun at you, even slightly. If you didn't, then you wouldn't care.
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JMuth561 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
Or I'm just proud of my heritage and people, and sick of seeing self-serving anti-patriots like you lashing out at us. If you don't like our country, leave. Plain and simple. If you don't like our country and you're not on American soil, do something about it like a man, rather than typing insults or making rude comics from the sanctity of your computer keyboard. 
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RyukiRose3407 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Jeeze. Nationalistic, much? Being proud of your country is one thing. Being unable to take outsider observations of your country, as a whole, is completely different.

I hope you fight with such vigor against Americans who stereotype other nationalities and cultures. 
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fefe1966 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Why is Norway holding a fish? XD
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RavenWay Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm English and will admit we're pretty bad with that ^^'
We're just silly really
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redisawsome4 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
OMG I love it.
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Ud-the-Imp Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
Yeah, ALL Americans make that mistake almost constantly.  I think its because all those flags look so damn similar.
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Soaring-and-Dreamer Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah, part of it is the flags. if they look so dam similar, it makes it even harder for our American minds to process. Confused 
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Luma-Lune Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
When I was in England, people thought that I was American because of my pronunciation :)
A compliment of course, because I'm Dutch. But people never thought I was Danish before :3
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burdoc Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
:B that's the thing about us americans, we aren't so knowlegable about the world, but we try dammit!....we mean well....most of us...come where I live and i'll be your best friend in no time...
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SeerWalker Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
I've been called Swedish more times than I can count, urgh.
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