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11. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 9y

good catch danube!

12. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

Quoting opospa

Sam, ask your dad and mate read this thread...

Hehe, I'm pretty sure my dad would agree, since we get asked this question quite a bit when travelling as Dutchies At the moment, he's on a boat on open sea heading to a little island called Tikopia though, and needless to say this is one of those spots where even phones don't work, let alone the internet (they have radios back to Honiara). Anyway, I'll try and remember to ask him when he gets back in two weeks or so :)

13. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 9y

Sam (I Am), I'm pretty sure Opospa was talking to the other Sam. The one that started the thread....

14. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

Quoting angela_

Sam (I Am), I'm pretty sure Opospa was talking to the other Sam. The one that started the thread....

Oops

15. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1836 posts) 9y

Quoting Sam I Am

Quoting angela_

Sam (I Am), I'm pretty sure Opospa was talking to the other Sam. The one that started the thread....

Oops

LOL!!!

16. Posted by Sam2000 (Inactive 121 posts) 9y

Lol! Great, its very rare I get to win an argument with my dad since his general knowledge is almost unmatched...Though I'm pleased my geography is better than his!

Apparently, according to him, Holland used to be a country but ended up getting fused with another 10 provinces at some point in history...Is this true?

History is not my strong point!

17. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

Well, North and South Holland were provinces (and still are). I don't think any of these were ever independent countries, they were just the center of the country and where most business was going on so probably that's why the whole was commonly referred to as Holland - Amsterdam is in North Holland for example. I still refer to the whole country sometimes as Holland although it's PC to say the Netherlands now :) But I'm not the only one, USA Today had some article out last week that I notice referred to Holland, so it's still done a lot.

Put it this way; I wouldn't beat up anyone for saying it and most other Dutchies wouldn't either (although maybe people in certain provinces feel differently - far north and south).

18. Posted by Sam2000 (Inactive 121 posts) 9y

Yeah lol...Thing is with me is that I can get rather pedantic at times so little things irritate me for some reason!

Thanks all :).

19. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Ok, almost everything has been said, except about Lapland being, apart from indeed a province of Finland, the region where the Sami people live. I believe apart from Finland, this region is also located in Norway, Sweden and the Kola peninsula of Russia.
.....and as a dutch person...like Sam (I am) said: no offence taken if you call it holland...as long as you don't ask me what language I speak, and I say dutch, and you say: o, so you are from Germany....

20. Posted by Sam2000 (Inactive 121 posts) 9y

Lol, why would people think the Dutch language comes from Germany ?!

Cool, thanks for the answers, I'm rather happy now!