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The difference between Danish and Dutch

A fair number of otherwise well educated people are confused about the difference between Danish and Dutch. As a Dutch native speaker, I feel the urge to clear up that misunderstanding.

Danish is the language spoken in Denmark. Dutch is the language spoken in The Netherlands. As is noted in the article "Dutch, Danish, same difference," both languages are Germanic languages spoken in small, flat countries located in the north-west of Europe, but that's about where the similarities stop. (Sadly, however, the author of the aforementioned article seems to be confused about the difference between Holland and The Netherlands.)

Now, admittedly, many different words are associated with The Netherlands. The country is sometimes (falsely) referred to as Holland (which really is just a part of The Netherlands), and the language is called Dutch, which seems, on the face of it, completely unrelated to both The Netherlands and Holland. I'm very sorry about all that. But none of it relates to Denmark and Danish.

Finally, we don't have Legoland in The Netherlands.

I hope it's all clear now. Yes?

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