Quick tip: Dutch is not the language of Denmark

If you’re familiar with Dutch genealogy, today’s tip will not come as a surprise: Dutch is the language and adjective of the Netherlands, not Denmark. But you would be surprised how many people end up on this site if they find out they have ancestors from Denmark! I must admit that the combination Dutch-Denmark sounds a lot more logical than Dutch-Netherlands, but that does not make it correct.

Just as a quick reminder, here’s some things that the Dutch do different than the Danish:

Dutch Danish
Geography Netherlands, Benelux, Western Europe.
Capital: Amsterdam
Denmark, Scandinavia, Northern Europe.
Capital: Copenhagen
Famous for dikes, tulips, wooden shoes, Hans Brinker, Gay Pride Parade pastry, LEGO, tales of Hans Christian Anderson, expensive beer
Map of northern Europe

Map of northern Europe

About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink is a professional genealogist in the Netherlands. She has been doing genealogy for almost 25 years. Her expertise is helping people from across the world find their ancestors in the Netherlands. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.

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