It won’t surprise many Americans to learn that the Los Angeles Times had to publish an apology this week after mixing up the Danish and the Dutch. “A March 9 op-ed about the erosion of free-speech protections referred to a controversy over 2005 cartoons that satirised the prophet Mohammed,” read the correction. “Those cartoons were Danish, not Dutch.”
Every American resident in Denmark has the same story. “So you live in Denmark?” they’re asked when they return home. “How’s your Dutch coming along?” Despite the heavy Danish migration to the States in the 19th and 20th centuries, the drummer from Metallica, and the pastries, it would appear that most Americans still think that Sylvester Stallone’s second wife comes from Amsterdam.