French may be the language of love. But throughout the 28 distinctive countries that currently make up the European Union — that is, until Brexit is resolved — more than 740 million people speak 24 different “official” languages and dozens of dialects in a continent that’s just slightly larger than the US.
As a result, it’s not surprising that a visitor might get a little confused when hearing someone from this continent for the first time. “Most Americans come to me and say, ‘Oh, you’re Swedish.’ I say, ‘No, I’m Swiss,’ ” said Thomas Eisele, CEO for foodservice, Valora Management, a Muttenz, Switzerland-based firm that owns Brezelbᠦckerie Ditsch, a leading global supplier of traditional and German-style pretzels and other products. “Yes, there is a European Union, but it’s so different depending on where you are. And it’s not only the language but also the culture.