Is it true that this is considered blonde outside of Europe?
No, they come from the same root, pertaining to rowing or rowers. This is what Swedes were called by Slavs and other non-Germanics. Russia was called "greater Sweden" for a while, due to so many Swedes being influential there. And the country was even named thusly.
>tfw this is literally considered a white, blond woman in America
She isn't senpai. angle is everything.
just look, I'm sorry