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Still a long way by humon Still a long way by humon
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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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:iconjmuth561:
JMuth561 Featured By Owner 1 day ago
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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fefe1966 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  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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:iconud-the-imp:
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  New member 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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:iconartzgeneration:
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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:iconjanthekiller:
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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EdwardoElric Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Student Digital 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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Growlithe-Coffee Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
Well there is an Anime called Hetalia which is all about stereotypical personifications of countries. ^_^













also England is hawt.
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SexxiMomma Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I've heard of it but it's only within the united states that I am referring to. There are so many different stereotypes and cultures here that I feel like there should be a personality in each state. 
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Growlithe-Coffee Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
Hmm, I see. v_v I think I've heard something about the states being there too, but I probably imagined it.
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ScotchNvl Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
If this comic was true to the core, America would have a small inner self that would be ripping it's hair out at his stupidity, cause low and behold there are actually chunks of Americans who are knowledged.
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Abby7horizon Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Whoa there, take it easy now, stupidity is an evenly dispersed trait among ALL countries.
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Will-of-the-spurr Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
Look at David Cameron and Nick Clegg, for example.
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
I find it so strange that anyone would make a mistake like this.
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PeteSeeger Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Student Writer
I want to be offended...but it's true.
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Blue-Demon-Hybrid Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
As a Panamanian-American girl, I hear you on that. 
I do know the difference between Sweden and Switzerland, though. 
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Atlantagirl Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
As a British girl living in America, I acknowledge the confusion of countries in this country. Facepalm Facepalm Facepalm 
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Chiiritarisu Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Oh tell me about it.
"So, where are you from"
Switzerland!
"Ooooh Sweden!"
Facepalm. 
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TheOfficalMe Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Lol I'm American and I know the difference. XD But I was really interested in this stuff when I was little. : P It IS true though a lot of Americans don't know their countries.
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Flying-Dutchmann Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Same here!

I asked my friend if she knew where the Netherlands( my family's country) was, and she thought it bordered Russia....
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Chiiritarisu Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
oh i'm sure most people know.. but somehow i always meet the "dumb" ones XD
well then again, i don't have a clue about your states and stuff. ask me where is california and i just say somewhere in America XD but at least i know my countries and continents apart.
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TheOfficalMe Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
LOL Well there's 50 states to remember it does take awhile :P (I don't even think most Americans can point out America on a map sadly). Lol  California rocks btw. ;) Two states below me. If you get a chance to visit I recommend going there, tons of fun but a biiiiiit spendy. :3 I LOVE how humon draws Lady America she looks like Paris Hilton. XD
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Flying-Dutchmann Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Yep, I met a family from Alabama and they thought Rhode Island was a city... ):
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Abby7horizon Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, that's actually exactly what I thought when I saw humon's Lady America.


(And p.s., we all know that the Lone Star land of Dixie is where it's at yall!)
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draechaeli Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
A lot of people (mainly Americans) will also think Switzerland is part of Scandinavia as in Scandinavia includes: Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. It is what I hear all the time when I say I lived in Switzerland... ("Oh! did you like living in Scandinavia?") so yeah bit annoy. Good work!
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CareerFromDistrict4 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Student General Artist
This made me remember something I learned back in 4th grade when they made me learn about my home state in school.....

Pennsylvania Dutch is a term that comes from back in America's colonial days. Basically, the British colonists in PA would call who they thought were Dutch "Pennsylvania Dutch". However, theses Dutch settlers were actually German. Becuase the worse for German sounded (I think its spelled Deutsch) sounded a lot like "Dutch" to the British.

And even though I am a history buff, I can not find a single use for this information.
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BloodiestRed Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
Haha, as a Swede I find this hilarious xD
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CandyTwister Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Well, I guess Switzerland and Netherlands could go as Sweden and Denmark.
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TanithLipsky Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
tch. I know what you mean. I live in a tiny country called singapore. Guess what some people called it... Hongkong, New York, China...

NO, no. No. People... go back. Go back to Geography classes. Please.
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