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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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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  New Deviant 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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XxsoulflightxX Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Student General 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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RaspK-FOG Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I've heard similar mistakes, but this one takes the cake. Bravo, people...
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ArtzGeneration Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014   General Artist
Wait, Dutch are from Netherland! My life is a lie!
But, seriously I've done this at least ONCE before. >3<
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janthekiller Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Wait.... You did not know that? I can teach all you would need to know about the netherlands if you want to.
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ArtzGeneration Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014   General Artist
Sure~ Go right ahead~ (It was a little joke, but it would be great to learn more about them~)
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janthekiller Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
What would you like to know? How we got formed? What the VOC was? Why we build dams way to much? How polders work? How the tulp got here? There is a lot to learn. Id be happy to tell you some of this stuff!
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ArtzGeneration Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014   General Artist
Well, maybe the relationship among the Nordics~
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janthekiller Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Well, you where vikings, and ateckd us, and we did not like it. Am not such a master on that. I will try to find more on the subject for you later.
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ArtzGeneration Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014   General Artist
Oh, okay~
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Otaku144 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You should check out hetalia
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Ahura98 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Student Artist
Yes. These comics remins me Hetalia all the time
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dragonwings90 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Eventhough I am American, and I don't like stereotypes, I still find this funny as crap XD

Because SOME Americans ARE like that XD Just not all of them.
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Mister-Denial Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Also, if you want to really confuse an American, ask them about the UK, England and Great Britain. 
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TheTooginator Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
May I try? I'm an American. I believe the United Kingdom means England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. England is the part that ISN'T Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Great Britain is the Commonwealth(?).
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Mister-Denial Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Very close! You got UK and England right, Great Britain is the island itself that "hosts" most of England, Wales and Scotland, but not Ireland. But you have a good point, I'll add the British Empire / Commonwealth to the question next time I aks it! ;-)

But impressive job, you did good! :-)
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TheTooginator Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! I checked my answers and saw my mistakes. Americans SHOULD know this stuff, but I think America itself is so huge and complicated, we get worn out. I can find Wales on a map easier than I can find Iowa!
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Mister-Denial Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I would love to know how many 'Mericans are upset when they don't see any kangaroos Austria. ;-)
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SheilaCalhoun Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Student General Artist
XD I live in america... (wait that sounds weird in this perspective... o-o)  and i dont understand this! (im a silly Korean! XD)
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executioner-ed Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
as an american, i find this extremely funny. most of us _are_ dumber than a bag of hammers.
humon, i really enjoy your work! (and i get to learn stuff about that section of the world!)
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SexxiMomma Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I know that the characters are stereotypical personifications of countries as seen by humon but as an American I can't help but to imagine each of our states with different personalities because almost every state has its own accent, cultures and traditions. So to me America is like Legion with 50 different personalities within him lol 
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