What ,in your opinion, are the most striking differences between Europe and the USA?
Whether you have visited Europe, read about it ,or just watched an occasional documentary, what differences really stand out ?
Ease, availability and affordability of mass transportation! You truly don't need a car in Europe. Just try and go without one in Canada or the United States.
Also - general attitude about life. Europeans generally work to live. North Americans put too much emphasis on being busy and they tend to live to work.
I think it's the history ,
Europe has old & great History , & when we are talking about history we mean human civilization ,
I don't mean USA has no great civilization ,but the existence of Europe in human civilization , a much bigger ,
for me Europe means " Poetry, literature, art and philosophy "
Rome and Greek and ancient gods, Socrates, Plato and all this great history,
I moved to live in Austria nearly 19 years ago and from my years here I can say that the main difference I have noticed between the USA and Europe is first of all space! Flats are much smaller in Europe and everything is really cramped here too! I find Americans are very talkative, but I have found that people do not talk much here, although one has to admit they are very polite. It is for that reason that I am eager to leave Europe about September this year! But it is not to the USA that we are going, but to Australia!
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For me, its the existence of Monarchies. America, as we all know is a Republic. But several European Countries still have Monarchies e.g. Britain, Spain, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Luxembourg...that's all I can think of for now.
I've been to Europe and what I found pretty funny was how much smaller things are there like the cars and the living spaces.I also noticed that the people are generally not in so much of a hurry and are pretty relaxed.
Europe has such an amazing history of civilization; whereas the U.S. has more incredible natural resources and National Parks. We are more spread out w/ more space per average person and less mass transit except in the largest cities.Europeans live , eat, and work in more crowded spaces and are naturally more open to sharing . Europeans dine later and often begin evening activities when Americans are heading to sleep.Europeans work less and take longer vacations. They also have less wealth/prosperity, nearly 80% unionized labor which fights for shorter hours, and higher taxes. Europe is on the verge of bankruptcy due to this trend and the government paid social programs. In the U.S. there is more stress and more materialism as workers scramble to keep up with the higher cost of living.
I have been to both these places as a tourist, and spent months together in each of these places. What I find the difference was mainly in culture and space. USA is more spread out, and without a car it is very difficult to move around, or to go to see other tourist places. In Europe it is more compact, transportation is easy because of tube, and they are rich in history and culture. Within few days you can see more places, but in USA you need longer time to visit more places. Weather is also more cold in the main place of Europe (London).
I see a huge difference in that most Europeans have lost the Faith that made Christendom (Europe) in the first place whereas in America far more people go to church, read the Bible, believe in the God of the Bible, have Bible study groups, and involve themselves with charity work.
SIZE! Everything is so much larger in the US. Cars, roads, houses, meals, people, etc.
The Differences that stand out to me is the lifestyle. Here are some observations that I've made while living there:
Europeans walk more/Americans drive more
Europeans value sit down meals with family/ many Americans eat in their cars, walking down the street, on the bus, and on the go in general. Also, many of us eat solo or in front of the TV
The European standard for quality of food is different. If it's not fresh or "just right", they won't eat it. However, American standards of food quality aren't as high. we'll eat lots of processed foods and canned & modified things that many Europeans would not touch. Also, most food in Europe is local, it's the standard. in The USA, you have to SEEK OUT local food.
Europeans are not "snackers", In the US, however, there is a massive market dedicated to snacks. From the "BK Snacker" to the "Snack wrap" to the massive selection of snacks available. I'd say we are a snacking society. You won't find that so much in Europe.
Homes are much smaller in Europe than in the US. Perhaps that is because there are very few places left to build.
Finally, national pride based on History and culture runs much deeper in Europe. The United States may be based on freedom, but the culture itself is made up of 2 things: Money and Showbiz. Remember, no European moves to America for the culture, they move here for the better paying Job, the business opportunities, the Bigger House, the Nicer car, and the Designer clothes. All of those things are so much cheaper and available here than on the rest of the planet, and that's O.K.! God Bless America!
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