There are lots of strange cultural differences between america and europe, but some of the differences are so strange, even europeans can't understand american customs.
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- [Narrator] While, the culture of the United States, is exported all over the world in films and on TV.
It also abides by some laws and practices that many consider unusual.
Europeans in particular, seem to have a hard time wrapping their heads around some of them.
From child beauty, pageants to gun laws.
Let's take a look at some American things that Europeans can't understand.
(upbeat music) Sick of Commercials.
If you're, a European enjoying a cozy night in on the couch in America, some of the stuff on TV may shock and surprise you., And no, I'm, not talking about 'keeping Up with the Kardashians'.
I'm talking about commercials, which arrive so frequently.
It makes watching TV feel almost unbearable to anyone unaccustomed to it.
- Seals leaks, instantly. - [Narrator] Especially pharmaceutical commercials, which usually show grumpy men and women turned into smiling.
Happy people by the product being sold.
These are usually followed by an almost comically-long list of potential side.
Effects, spoken at double speed., Like, Ambien, ad: - [Announcer] As well as abnormal behavior, such as being more outgoing or aggressive than normal, confusion, agitation and hallucinations may occur.
Take it with alcohol as it may increase these behaviors.
Allergic reactions such as shortness of breath, swelling of your tongue or throat may occur and in rare cases, may be fatal.
Side effects may include next day, drowsiness, dizziness and headache, impatience, with depression, worsening of depression, including risk of suicide.
- [Narrator] These types of direct-to-consumer commercials peddle prescription drugs, which is an advertising standard that was rejected by the European Commission back in 2002., The commission stated that pharmaceutical companies were unable to provide impartial information on their medicines.
That's the case.
Why is it practiced in America?? To? Put it simply, there's simply never been a federal law passed to outlaw the practice.
This is in no small part thanks to the fact that direct-to-consumer drugs and their accompanying ads are a huge business.
And in America, whether it's right or wrong.
The rules tend to follow.
Europeans might actually need a pill for the headache.
All those ads give them.
'may cause drowsiness, loss of limbs, telepathic powers and a violent hatred of cheese.' No Place, Like, Home.
Let's, say you're a European who's just moved over to America.
You've found a house in a nice residential neighborhood, and you're, going through your bills.
Rent, water, gas, electric all seems in order, but wait a second.
What's a Homeowners Association Fee? To a native, that's a pretty obvious question.
But for Europeans.
It's an unwelcome, surprise.
These fees contributes to the local Homeowners Association, which is somewhat like a neighborhood watch, but managing funds to be reinvested into the community.
It goes towards things like residential maintenance and common spaces, which keeps residents happy and property values.
With around 24% of all Americans living under a Homeowner's Association.
They pay 200 to $300 dollars on average per month in fees to these entities.
Whilst some Europeans might struggle with this concept, it was a form of governance that was actually invented by France back in 1804.
The Condominium Law was exported to the US, where it became incredibly popular.
So, for any European.
That wants to complain about homeowner regulations and fees, feel free to blame.
Vacant Vacation Days.
The USA has one of the largest economies in the world.
A 'tremendous' economy, in the president's words.
But Europeans looking to get into the American world of work are often shocked when it comes to vacation.
US workers are not entitled to mandatory paid vacation at all.
The issue of paid leave is left at the discretion of employers, and yes, that does include national holidays.
According to research from the US bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2017, only 77% of American workers had access to paid vacation.
The reason that might leave Europeans slack-jawed is because mandatory paid vacation time in Europe starts at four weeks.
In fact, America is one of the only western countries where law doesn't enforce companies to give its employees mandatory, paid vacation, time.
Don't believe me? Take.
A look at this map breaking down mandatory paid vacation time by country.
Only the gray countries are known not to give paid time.
It's a working culture that undoubtedly favors employers over employees.
Americans, might wanna think about learning.
As employers in China must legally offer five days of holiday.
Although, that is, after one continuous year of work., Win some, lose some, I guess.
If, the American States could be looked at as a dysfunctional family.
Then Florida would be the weird uncle who once ran away with the circus and wrestled a tiger.
The Sunshine state is the third most populous state in the USA, and receives over 100 million visitors year on year.
So many people living between Miami, Beach, Disneyland and Pensacola, a little crazy, is bound to be found on the fringes of society.
What Europeans aren't prepared for are the crazy antics of Floridians that make daily headlines.
From 'florida man believed that he was Half.
Man, Half Dog' in March 2019, to 'florida man robs bank, strips naked, then runs down the street.
Throwing stolen money everywhere' in July 2017.
You can search the internet for almost any day of the year and find a headline announcing.
'florida Man' has committed an utterly baffling.
There doesn't seem to be an equivalent for any European countries.
Although the UK comes close with some of its questionable journalism, topics, like 'britain's, Fattest, Woman, Ate, Fridge and Died'.
Let me know the funniest local headlines, you've ever seen at email@example.com., VAT Trouble., In Europe, like most of the world, tax, is built into the price of items in store and online; so.
What you see on the tag is what you pay.
But Europeans visiting an American store, might be left doing a double take at their bill when they reach the register.
There is no national sales tax or value added tax in America., Instead, American taxes differ by jurisdiction, of which there are around 7,000.
Differences in these local rates, state, taxes, or combined state and local taxes means that final prices for the same item can differ from one street to the next.
For first-time shoppers in the US.
This unpleasant surprise is a rite of passage that no one asked for., Tipping Point.
A meal at a restaurant can be a real treat, but Europeans visiting America, sometimes stress about the tip.
Although tipping anywhere up to 20%, seems normal to most Americans, there's no such obligation in Europe.
It's mostly seen as a bonus reward for good service, and in some European countries it's even considered rude and excessive to leave a tip.
The, American federal, government, however, states.
That tips can be used to satisfy the difference between the employee's hourly wage and the standard minimum wage.
This means food.
Servers, valets and in-house staff in certain states can be working for a federal wage of just $2.13 per hour, which is about €1.96.
If you're, a European visitor to the States, get ready to factor in your tip to the overall price of your meal., You might well be contributing to a struggling waiter's.
Child, Beauty, Pageants.
You've ever been unfortunate enough to have watched an episode of 'toddlers and Tiaras' on TLC, I.
Think you might side with the Europeans on next matter.
Child Beauty Pageants are common across America, and usually consist of dolled-up little girls being thrust onto a stage to entertain a crowd of screaming moms.
It's, truly bizarre.
What's equally strange, is how the craze got.
Child pageants originated from American 'better Baby Contests' in the early 20th century.
Babies would be scored on characteristics like weight, quality of skin, and face shape, supposedly in the name of helping to educate mothers on best practices for healthy, babies.
But of course.
It wasn't just for education purposes.
There were also cash rewards and trophies for top ranking.
This has slowly devolved into the bedazzled tradition of pushing a child on stage in full make-up and styled hair to do a dance routine for prize money.
Some European countries host similar but smaller events, others like France, have gone as far as to ban all such pageants, claiming they're an unhealthy way to treat young girls.
You ask me.
Their general creepiness alone should be enough to slam the brakes on child beauty, pageants., Honey, Boo, Boo?, No, thanks., Size, Is, Everything.
According to an old saying, 'everything's Bigger in Texas'.
If you're, a European you'll, probably think that about all of America, right down to its people.
It's, no secret.
That America has a little bit of a weight, problem.
Two thirds of American adults, classify as overweight, and it's estimated that almost 40% of adults in the US aged 20 and over are obese.
Contrasted to Europe, where a survey carried out in 2014 labeled, just 15% of adults, obese.
That's, a king-sized difference, with a side of fries.
The American tendency to overeat, might have something to do with portion sizes.
In the States.
A study, comparing portions in Paris and Philadelphia revealed food outlet, portions were 25% larger in Philly.
And, a review of 17 different single-serve foods, like yogurt and candy bars, found that 14 of them were bigger in Philadelphia.
A one-state-to-one-country comparison doesn't necessarily represent the whole, Europeans on social media.
Often comment on how much bigger everything seems.
You noticed this difference in portion.
Sizes? Let me know in the comments below, bonus points for food puns., Oh, Sugar.
Living in America can really give you a taste for the sweet life, but your teeth won't.
Thank you for it.
Why? Well, some American foods and drinks have been found to contain huge amounts of sugar compared to their European equivalents.
Some common bread brands contain up to six grams of sugar per serving; six times the amount found in European counterparts.
It doesn't end there.
Taking, a look at Pizza Hut's sugar content reveals most of their Stateside.
Pizzas, have close to double the amount of sugar per slice as European versions.
And in Starbucks, a UK 'venti' White Chocolate Mocha will contain 62.4 grams of sugar, but in America that shoots up to 72 grams.
I've heard of sweetening the deal, but any Europeans making the trip across the Atlantic might leave suffering from toothache.
European standards of building a public restroom involve plenty of privacy, mainly in the form of cubicles, with doors that are more door than gap.
But it's a standard that Americans just can't seem to adopt.
With, ridiculously large gaps at the top, bottom and sides.
It makes for a truly uncomfortable first visit to an American toilet for unwitting visitors.
Their first time, Europeans are left feeling, especially susceptible to unwelcome visitors and peeping toms.
Some people even resort to tapping up the gap to prevent prying eyes, looking in.
But as strange as the design seems.
There are some theories as to why Americans build their stalls.
For a start, high floor-gaps, allow for easier cleaning, and they do make it simpler to pass toilet paper from one cubicle to another.
On top of that.
The vertical gaps act as a deterrent for anyone.
Thinking of doing anything, naughty behind closed doors., But, there's always the chance you might accidentally get a real eyeful.
Just close your eyes before entering any American restrooms.
It strikes many Europeans as a bit odd that in America you can pick up your groceries from one aisle of a store, and a gun from another.
You can buy guns over the counter in places like Walmart, and ammo can be found in pharmacies.
But, seeing as guns are still legal in many parts of Europe.
What is it that Europeans find weird about the gun-loving, rifle-wielding, second-amendment-touting American citizen? It might have something to do with America's gun-related death-rates, seeing as, per capita.
There were 12 gun-related deaths for every 100,000 people in America, in 2017.
Very few European countries exceed three gun-related deaths per 100,000 people, and none even come close to America's 12 per 100,000.
The causes of the problem are fiercely debated, but it might have something to do with how easy it is to buy a gun.
Background checks are usually carried out, but a research survey from Harvard in 2015 estimated that a third of Americans gun owners have purchased a firearm without a background.
In Europe, many countries like Austria and Germany require would-be gun owners to go through a rigorous seven-step procedure before owning a gun.
High-Caliber handguns are outright banned in the UK, and many categories of semi-automatic weapons are illegal to own across Europe.
It's, simply much harder to legally purchase a gun in Europe than it is in the US, which I'm sure is a trigger point for some.
You noticed any All-American quirks of your own? Let me know in the comments section below.
Thanks for watching.
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- Individualism. ...
- Equality. ...
- Informality. ...
- The Future, Change, and Progress. ...
- Achievement, Action, Work, and Materialism. ...
- Directness and Assertiveness. ...
They are: human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, rule of law, and human rights. These fundamental values are defined in the Treaty of Lisbon.What would America look like if it was never colonized? ›
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The opportunity to make money was one of the primary motivators for the colonization of the New World. The Virginia Company of London established the Jamestown colony to make a profit for its investors. Europe's period of exploration and colonization was fueled largely by necessity.Who settled in America first? ›
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Before that time, there was no name that collectively identified the Western Hemisphere. The earlier Spanish explorers referred to the area as the Indies believing, as did Columbus, that it was a part of eastern Asia.
America is named after Amerigo Vespucci, the Italian explorer who set forth the then revolutionary concept that the lands that Christopher Columbus sailed to in 1492 were part of a separate continent.Who came to America before the Europeans? ›
Answer #59: American Indians; Native Americans. The Native American Indians were the first people to live in the territory that currently makes up the United States.What are 3 things America is known for? ›
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America is mainly known for football, baseball, and Super Bowl celebrations. Apart from that, horse racing is a popular sport.What America is best known for? ›
The United States of America is a North American nation that is the world's most dominant economic and military power. Likewise, its cultural imprint spans the world, led in large part by its popular culture expressed in music, movies and television.What do Americans value most? ›
Americans value independence and self-determination, placing importance on the role of the individual in shaping his or her own identity and destiny through one's choices, abilities, and efforts.What is the all American dream? ›
No less an authority than the Oxford English Dictionary defines the American dream as “the ideal that every citizen of the United States should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative.”What is unique about American culture? ›
American culture includes both conservative and liberal elements, scientific and religious competitiveness, political structures, risk taking and free expression, materialist and moral elements.What are the basic beliefs of Europe? ›
The major religions currently dominating European culture are Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. Though Europe is predominantly Christian, this definition changes depending upon which measurement is used.What are the 3 C's of European colonization? ›
Europeans who practiced colonialism were motivated by the 3 C's Culture, Capitalism, and Christianity, which determined the philosophy and the methods they used to conquer foreign lands and people.
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A British victory in the Revolution probably would have prevented the colonists from settling into what is now the U.S. Midwest. In the peace treaty that ended the Seven Years' War in 1763, the French conceded to England control of all contested lands to the banks of the Mississippi River.Who were the first Native Americans? ›
In the 1970s, college students in archaeology such as myself learned that the first human beings to arrive in North America had come over a land bridge from Asia and Siberia approximately 13,000 to 13,500 years ago. These people, the first North Americans, were known collectively as Clovis people.Why were the Americas so underdeveloped? ›
The Americas had no large beasts of burden (except llamas, which are not ideal and only live in tropical regions), no large domesticable slaughter animals, few easily accessible metal deposits, low-protein grains, and a geography that did not lend itself to the passage of knowledge or technology from place to place.Why Europeans were attracted to Africa? ›
Europeans were attracted to Africa due to its vast resources of land and minerals. They hoped to establish plantations and mines to produce crops and minerals for export to Europe.Why did thousands of people from Europe to America Class 10? ›
(i) Until the nineteenth century hunger,poverty was common in Europe. (ii) As cities were crowded, due to diseses when spred there were widespread in the area (iii) Religious conflicts were common and religious dessenters were persecuted. Due to this thousand flee to America.Why did immigrants from Europe immigrate to America? ›
Pushed and Pulled: European Immigration
Pushed from their homelands by political, agricultural, and industrial upheaval, they were drawn by demands for labor, the promise of land, and democratic ideals. Many settled along the East Coast; others came to the Midwest, already home to Native peoples.
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With more than 5 thousand years old, Caral is considered the oldest civilization in the American continent. Between the years 3000 and 2500 B. C., the people from Caral began to form small settlements in what is now the province of Barranca, that interacted with each other to exchanged products and merchandise.
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He was also the first to call it the New World, or Novus Mundus in Latin. With the discovery of this “New World,” maps were being redrawn all the time. No one really knew what land was where or how big it was. Because of this confusion, maps from the 1500s are incredibly inaccurate and contradictory.How old is America today? ›
How old is America today? As of 2021, the United States of America is 245 years old.How was America discovered? ›
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- Mountain Dew. Fans of this caffeinated, citrus-flavored soda might wonder why it's not popular outside America. ...
- Peanut butter. ...
- Girl Scout cookies. ...
- American cheese. ...
- Southern-style biscuits. ...
- Cheez-Its. ...
- Frank's Red Hot. ...
- Easy Cheese.
- The world's 4th Longest River System is in the USA. ...
- The USA ranks number 1 for hosting International students. ...
- The United States is enormous. ...
- The United States is ranked 14th in the College Graduation rate. ...
- Athletes of the highest level. ...
- The United States has the world's largest economy.
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After World War II, the rise of the consumer economy and an “American lifestyle” gave American popular culture a global impact. A constant stream of American TV shows, films, songs, and computer games have spread American words and expressions. American English and culture provide a common channel of communication.Which country is best for USA? ›
Switzerland Is No. 1 in 2022 U.S. News Best Countries Rankings.Where does US rank in the world? ›
United States is 19th in the overall Prosperity Index rankings. Since 2011, United States has moved down the rankings table by 1 place.What are the main European values? ›
- Human dignity. Human dignity is inviolable. ...
- Freedom. Freedom of movement gives citizens the right to move and reside freely within the Union. ...
- Democracy. The functioning of the EU is founded on representative democracy. ...
- Equality. ...
- Rule of law. ...
- Human rights.
- Language & Ethnicity. Language and ethnicity is important to discuss when talking about Europe, because with 50 countries, there are countless languages and ethnicities, even if certain ones are more dominant. ...
- Religion. Europe is far more secular than other parts of the world. ...
- Land Use & Education.
- Individualism and Personal Responsibility. ...
- Egalitarianism. ...
- Communication Style. ...
- Conception of time. ...
- PERSONAL CONTROL OVER THE ENVIRONMENT. People can/should control nature, their own environment and destiny. ...
- CHANGE / MOBILITY. Change is seen as positive and good. ...
- TIME AND ITS IMPORTANCE. ...
- EQUALITY / EGALITARIANISM. ...
- INDIVIDUALISM, INDEPENDENCE AND PRIVACY. ...
- SELF-HELP. ...
- COMPETITION AND FREE ENTERPRISE.
European identity is defined by two key layers: Europe as a cultural community of shared values (cultural identity); Europe as a political community of shared democratic practices (political identity). EU values are such as human dignity, freedom of movement, democracy, equality, rule of law, human rights.What is the main culture of Europe? ›
And throughout most of its history, Europe has been nearly equivalent to Christian culture, The Christian culture was the predominant force in western civilization, guiding the course of philosophy, art, and science.
The continent is home to three nuclear powers — Russia, The UK and France — and its total military budget falls just behind the US. In 2020, the total European military spending topped at $378 billion.How to live like a European in America? ›
- Downsize your car. Do you really need to drive that huge SUV? ...
- Visit your local farmer's market. ...
- Always have fresh flowers in your home. ...
- Turn off the television. ...
- Eat smaller portions. ...
- Go for a walk. ...
- Treat yourself to fancy desserts from a local bakery. ...
- Dress up!
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In Europe, there is often a greater emphasis on stakeholder management, while the US prioritizes shareholder value. American business culture values competition more than European business culture. The US has a higher tolerance for risk-taking in business, whereas Europe is generally more risk-averse.What do Americans value? ›
Americans value independence and self-determination, placing importance on the role of the individual in shaping his or her own identity and destiny through one's choices, abilities, and efforts.What cultures value respect? ›
Influenced by Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism, countries such as Japan, China, Korea and Vietnam all value to wisdom imparted by elders and treat them with a high degree of respect.What are examples of cultural issues? ›
Cultural issues cover a broad range of concerns including race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, and disability. Culture is a term that we use to refer to beliefs and customs employed by a particular group.What are 4 common values of cultures of today's society? ›
Social values include justice, freedom, respect, community, and responsibility. In today's world, it may seem our society doesn't practice many values.What is an example of values in American culture? ›
Some values important to Americans are independence, love of privacy, belief in equal opportunity, insistence on punctuality/timeliness, relative informality, respect for personal ambition and achievement, directness, and orientation towards the future.What are social cultural values? ›
Cultural values are the key principles society is based around. These values include a society's traditions, language, beliefs, customs, arts, literature, and laws. Cultural values are important for individuals and groups to be included into society.