Originally Posted by kazuyamishima
The problem in Europe is that many keyboard manufacturers produce and sell all sorts of layouts
There are specific layouts for a lot of countries, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish etc. Not only do these keyboards change the function and location of some keys, but they generally use the ISO layout. In addition, there is the "US-international" keyboard which, annoyingly, does not have the same layout everywhere (here in Holland, they are usually a strange US/ISO hybrid). And then finally, there is the standard US layout that is also commonly found and has an ANSI layout.
So we get this confusing combination of different types of layouts. And here is the funny thing. Here in Holland, despite the Dutch keyboard being available, and even a US-international Dutch/US hybrid being available.... most people actually prefer the ANSI layout, with the easier to reach backspace, left shift etc. At work, which is an international environment, the standard keyboards that we use are all US layout or are " international US" with ANSI layout. Some people bring their own if they do part of their writing in a language for which these layouts are inefficient.
When buying a keyboard this sometimes creates some confusion. Which is the actual version of the keyboard we will end up getting? Most good shops will list which layout the keyboard is. And if not, you can often find info on "localization" on the website of the manufacturer. You could also just send an e-mail to the customer service of the webshop or the manufacturer. Another option, is just to import. I bought a Filco, and while the keyboardcompany is in the UK. They have all sorts of layouts available and allowed me to purchase a US layout.