Europe As Seen By The USA
- An Amusing View Of Europe, As Seen By the United States of America
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Well, I've never lived in America although I have been there a few times now. And I feel that this more than qualifies me to answer this question about the good, the bad and the ugly sides of living in America and Europe!
I live in England and have also lived in France, so I'm answering very much from the European point of view. (And with my tongue slightly in my cheek..)
There are some important things to consider when weighing up the pros and cons of living In Europe and in America. Here are a few that I've thought of.
1. When you go into an American shop the people who work there smile big smiles and say "hello!" Then when you leave they tell you to have a nice day. From a European point of view this is unnatural and quite freaky.
2. American roads are huge. And they have strip malls. I learnt what strip malls were on my last trip to the States. They are clusters of shops or restaurants by the side of the road. (Before finding this out I had my own ideas about what strip malls might be but I'm glad I was wrong!)
Anyway, the main problem I have with these malls (apart from the pollution and, dare I say it, soullessness..) is that you have to be able to drive to get to them. As a person who likes to walk or take public transport, this puts me at a bit of a disadvantage as far as strip malls are concerned. And this also holds true for many other American locations, where the highway is the only way!
3. Americans put lots of ice in their drinks. So much so that you can't really taste the drink itself; you just get a heavily watered down version of the drink that it's trying to be. Do Americans know what coke or root beer actually taste like?
4. But speaking of root beer, this is in fact a GREAT BIG plus-point for American living! It might taste remarkably like sore muscle rub, but I just love the stuff, and one of my highlights of going to the States is that they sell it everywhere. And in such humungous servings! The same goes for iced tea.
5. And then they have Altoids. Although produced in the UK, Altoids are not actually sold here, they're all shipped off to America! Life is cruel..
6. America has been inaccurately portrayed on TV! When I first visited the States I was expecting all Americans to be loud and large, just like on Roseanne. I was expecting all New Yorkers to be arty and neurotic, like in Woody Allen films. And all San Franciscans to be new-age and magical; - you mean 'Charmed' isn't real?! On the whole I found Americans to be pretty normal people. Maybe I watch too much TV...
7. In all my travels to America I can't say that I've ever actually wanted to live there. Don't get me wrong I've visited some very lovely places, but for me it's just too big. I feel lost in such a big place. Everything is SO BIG, (whereas I'm quite small!)
Sir Terry is such a legend! This makes me chortle every time.
8. And to me American culture seems quite foreign. I get European culture a lot more, it means more to me. I don't understand about things like baseball or American football, and don't see what's so great about them, (sorry!). I don't really get American humour fully; Europeans are drier and more full of sarcasm. More self-deprecating. You would think that I would feel more at home in a country that speaks English, but strangely I never did.
9. Whereas I would happily live in many of the places I've visited in Europe; I feel as if I fit in much better. European countries are so diverse, each with their own rich culture, languages, food and strange customs, yet I somehow identify with those customs - even if they're German, Polish or Swedish and I'm not.
I like our peculiarities. Black pudding and deep-fried Mars bars, frogs legs, borsht and Marmite. I like our state-funded health-care systems, our school uniforms and our unfeasibly narrow roads. I even like Morris Dancing. And although I don't always like our particular weather, there are other parts of Europe which can be relied upon to be hot when we're cold.
10. Oh, and we have the Eurovision Song Contest.
Greg Proops - America is England's Fault (contains some adult content)
All you need to know about the UK, Great Britain and England (may be slightly patronising, but lots crammed in here!)
Moon Daisy (author) from London on March 26, 2013:
Thanks for all these great comments. I only have time to reply to a few every so often, but I'm grateful for all of them and do read them all!
I agree that Germany is a great place to live. It is indeed very democratic, lots of beautiful places and it's a very nice lifestyle. I'm sure it compares very favourably to living in the UK in many ways.
Lauren94, I love your comment! And I agree with all that you have said. My hub was meant to be light-hearted, and written tongue-in-cheek. It's written from the point of view of someone who's just been to the US a few times after all! So I can't really know what it's like to live there, or appreciate many of the good points that you wouldn't see from just seeing a few places, and watching Roseanne on the telly.
I don't really believe that all Americans are rude and stupid. There are lots of Americans that I love! I didn't mean any offence.
Ericvallely, yes you make some very good points. We have lost many of the important things in the west. I would love to visit Asia or Africa and experience life there, where they live simpler and happier lives, and still know what is important. Thank you for your comment.
ERICKVALLELY on March 24, 2013:
I think you got to look beyond Europe. Most of us in the western world think that only the U.S. and Europe exists, but there is a lot more out there to see. I am sad to say that I wasted so many years in the west, because I was trained to think in a western centric manner. I have now left the west entirely, and wish I would have done so earlier. The U.S. and Europe are both screwed up, and if you are a peaceful person who wants to live a healthy life, then you should just stay away from both places. The third world has so much more to offer. The people are much more real, and the friendships will be more real than anything you can find in the west. A lot of "conservatives" in the west reminisce about the good old days, but those good old days still exist in many third world countries, where women do not dress like sluts, dead beat dads dont run away, and people respect their elders.
lauren94 on March 16, 2013:
I am from America, and I think many of the opinions listed on this website and in the comments are rude. Sure, some things are bad, and some people are rude. It's like that all over. America has plenty of diversity from state to state and coast to coast. New York City, New Orleans, Orlando, Los Angeles, Boston. America has great cities full of culture and great people. And as far as America being notorious for its rude and stupid people, you're stupid just for stereotyping like that. Europe had Hitler...enough said.
Yes, Europe is more beautiful, historical, and culturally diverse, but it has also been around and thriving a whole lot longer than America has. You're from Europe. Of course you'd prefer it. Europe is full of beautiful views and interesting landmarks, but I'd take America any day. It isn't called the greatest country in the world for nothing.
grace36 on February 07, 2013:
It depends where you live in America it's amazing the difference on what state you live in. I lived in Germany and the quality of living is much better . People are friendlier especially woman and young people . The people treat each other with respect and dignity . In my opinion Europe is better in almost every aspect .
globalusername on November 11, 2012:
Mr GLOBALCITIZEN my reply to you is this...
While I do agree with you on many observations about fake Europeans but I stress that they tend to work in corporate entities both public and private and that is not a reflection of the majority. The UK is NOT forward thinking the UK deludes itself that is it but is actually in so many ways entrenched and very unprogressive. The country that is most forward is GERMANY...every aspect of their culture is far more democratic, federative and devolved than the UK and they embrace innovation far more. Germany is a world leader in solar and wind energy and the only Western G8 country with a credible industrial based one that is enabled by a far better science and engineering centric culture. They pay for things in cash far more than credit cards hence they have far less personal debt. They rent more and feel far less pressure to own thus no housing bubble and no sub-prime crisis and
best of all music sells overwhelmingly in Germany on CD and vinyl NOT MP3 they have real hifi and far better taste in music than the British and want to hear it with proper sound quality. By the way Germany is now the second biggest consumer and producer of music after the USA my fellow Brits are so self-deluded about UK culture they have no clue of this and believe all things British are supreme and have no notion of what is happening in Germany, Italy, Belgium etc.
I also much prefer the regionalised federative form of public service broadcasting they have in Germany over the TOO BIG TO EXIST BBC.
The world's most multi-culti radio station has to be the Cologne based WDR's FUNKHAUS EUROPA the UK has no equal to this. Maybe a lot of this goes back to after WWII the victors believed they personified democracy even though the quality of our democracy was not that great. Germans went from tyranny to a much fresher more modern idea of democracy.
mary88 on September 19, 2012:
I'm a European and the way I see the 2 continents is very different. I believe there are advantages and disadvantages about both of them and it just depends on everyone's taste.
I like European's way of thinking more because they look more 'down -to-earth', they know what happens in the world, they're more openminded and Europe has many countries with great history, culture, architecture etc..
The only things I like about Americans is how socially active they are and kinda laid back. I don't like sometimes how they get over enthousiastic about stuff like "OH MY GOD!! this is SOOOO beautiful! I love it! It's REALLY awesome!" because Europeans see it like "Alright I got it calm down" :P
In America everything is so big like the universities, schools, stadiums and they look impressive.
However, I like quality over quantity so I prefer Europe more. I'd say Europe fits more to me because of my taste and way of thinking.
opela on August 04, 2012:
I want only live in USA but I no have green card.Is it my vital wish.
Nothing else from life no want :( Yea USA is best but no for normal people but for rich.My body is here but heart and soul there in USA God bless America
Marco on August 03, 2012:
I am a Filipino with Spanish ancestry and I feel a more vibrant connection with Europe.
I believe both continents are amazing. Europe's amazing architectures and landscapes makes it a very dreamy place, especially to us living here in Southeast Asia, at least. While America, particularly the US, is definitely the land of opportunity and it is where I would want to pursue my dreams.
God bless the whole world!
Manny on July 06, 2012:
I love Europe, I love the northeastern United States, and I love Ontario and Québec. Why?
They are similar and yet different in their own ways. They are considered 'Western cultures' because they share much European background in common, and yet they manage to preserve and recreate their identity throughout history. Young cultures like those of the United States, Canada, et cetera, are commonly put down by Europeans and others simply because of that: they have no 'history'; they are 'young'. Conversely, many Americans tend to criticize Europe as being backwards, 'outmoded' and out of touch with times as if the United States represented the pinnacle of progress and modernity for mankind. Yes, this country has contributed much and will continue to, but in no way does that correspond to 'America' being the best country in the world.
Really, there is no such thing as the 'best' country, as every country--from the smallest to the biggest--has something to contribute to this beautiful world we live in. I like New York because of its fascinating skyscape and endless myriad of cultural expressions and faces. I like the English countryside because it reminds me of times past, as if it were a forlorn beauty speaking softly under those skies and mountains. I like the northern winters in Scandinavia, something like the beautiful pale skin of those girls I sought to see there. I like sitting in those cosy cafés that line the streets in Montréal, whether in summer or in winter, whether with friends or by myself. With myself.
Where is the best place to live?
Where your heart is. Where you feel at home, when you are at home--whether in Europe, whether in North America or anywhere else in this beautiful world.
Onewillnotsay on April 24, 2012:
America is temporary, too many things done in too little time. Most countries in Europe are over a thousand years old, they have experience. One day Europe will realise that total unity under one central power will make it much richer. Europe should thank America for taking it's most hated status, European colonial history would have made the rest of the world hate it if America were not there to be hated even more.
Sarah on April 10, 2012:
I have lived both in europe and the U.S. I do feel the two are very different for sure. I have met friendlier people in the U.S. than Europe. But people are people no matter where you go. I get scared of the greed I see in the U.S. that sepperates very rich from very poor. I am scared of all the big companies taking over every where. And no matter where you go in the U.S you will be sure to find the same chaine restaurants and stores on every corner, this worries me. The cloning of meets and factory foods sold.(gmo)and not labeled. I guess I am just worried about things like that and where the U.S is headed. And in europe I feel money is not as important. In the U.S. I feel money is very important and some judge uppon what you have etc. But like I said I have met so many wonderful people in the U.S so no matter where you are you can be happy if you know what's important and surround yourself with nice people. And no matter where you go you can find stuff to complain about. Its all about finding the inner happiness and you can feel happy everywhere:-)
amie on April 08, 2012:
honestly i think these are all pretty silly arguments. i am american. i have lived in england, france and other european countries. there are many strip malls and commercial centers in frances and england (and other places) and they are just as soulless. why does having visited the u.s make you able to judge where is best to live? this is ridiculous and i find your arguments petty, at best. people here greet you in stores. europeans are horrified by this thinking that it's all fake because they can't get their head around the fact that people are friendly and happy, which is a major difference between europeans and americans (though i don't know if i would classify english as european by anything but political or geography terms). charity is much more a part of life in the u.s and people tend to be way more welcoming and caring of those around them. i have seen many people walk past fights, domestic problems and muggings in europe and not do anything, in the u.s there is a feeling of helping each other- possibly from the beginning of the country when it was necessary with a wide open country, who knows. i find the europeans to be image obsessed and more concerned with outside appearances than actual quality on the inside. this i happen to think is not so common in england, but france, germany, etc. the english are actually happier to be as wild as possible and allow their children to be little limitless monsters without boundries so as to acquire their own 'personalities'. i don't argue with this tactic, but it can get a bit out of hand- some of the temper tantrums i have seen there are the worst ever- ouch!
two very different places, funny that euro's always need to knock the americans. i think it's a piece of jealousy. ;)
val on April 03, 2012:
I am american and have lived here my whole life, all i can say is, we concentrate on war too much..Why cant our tax dollars go somewhere better!? And why does all of our food have to be polluted with shit!
Luis on April 01, 2012:
I'n my opinion, if you're middle, middle-high class, the United States is a much, much, much better place to live in than is Europe. I do like many thing about Europe, specially their stands on civil issues, but I do prefer American's life style.
The health care is not as good as in Europe, according to some, specially according to those who don't have access to it, truth of the matter is that health care in America is infinitely superior to that of Europe (but Switzerland's) if you have it (and that's around 88% of the people).
Also, I don't believe (I'm a mathematician, by the way) in Europe's economic sustainability in the long run (again, but Switzerland).
I also find European architecture to be boring and depressing (I really like modern stuff, most Europeans cities seem to me like the US a hundred years ago *I'm talking about the architecture exclusively here*, perhaps that a big difference I have with the author, small cities are among the things I avoid like plague).
There's still plenty of racism in the US, but, so is in Europe. I really like the melting pot style of some American cities (New York, California, New Jersey, etc), another factor why I find most Europeans cities boring is their homogeneity.
M.A.C on March 26, 2012:
The fact that europe doesn't poison their water supply like america does makes me want to live there. But after reading all this stuff about europe I want to live there more now than ever!
Michael on March 24, 2012:
Haha, I live in the crown dependency of the isle of man
kelly on March 11, 2012:
I was born and raised in Nashville, Tn USA and have traveled America but not any other country yet. I would love to but not until I can afford it. Even though, I have not traveled to Europe or anywhere else, I would like to say a few thing on the American's behalf and some of my own personal opinions.
I do not believe in stereotypes completely. I believe there is some sort of truth to it but very little. Not all Americans think that this country is better than the others and there are many that do. I am sure that every country has this.
I do not see any country better or worse than America. I not see religion as any better or worse (with the exception of devil worship and ones that inflict evil).
I love diversity. I love learning about other cultures, religions, life styles, lives, etc. I also love kindness and being overly friendly because that is how I was raised.
I do not see myself moving to another country because I am comfortable here. I love everything about my country and it is what I am accustomed to. I do not care about most sports except hockey and I rarely watch it.
I believe that visiting a country is different than living there for ten years. You really can not experience a country for what it truly is until you have been there for more than seven or so years.
Every town, state, country, etc in this world will be different than the next with some similarity and it doesn't matter how close.
Anyone who says that one country is better than the next is arrogant and close minded. I do not care where you are from.
Based on the authors experiences, I would say that it is very well written and has a great point of view. A lot of the comments, on the other hand, I would have to strongly disagree with and this includes all countries.
MPChris from Atlanta, GA on March 04, 2012:
If you judge Americans from the university perspective, you will get the idea that we are all self-assured snobs. Many in college are upwardly mobile, and self-absorbed (this coming from a college student). There was a poll a few years ago, and something like 80% of college students think they will make six figures upon graduation.
My girlfriend was foreign. She had the same mindset as the person above, but its because she never saw the real America.
For instance, she goes to Florida, and doesn't have any family there. So her entire experience of Florida was that it was expensive and touristy.
My family was from the interior. I can sleep on someone's couch for free. Where my grandma lives there is a communal orange orchard. My uncle has a very small gator he keeps as a pet.
You can't come to America, and expect to learn everything about us in six months. You don't really know anything about a person until a year. A year is when their true nature will start to show, in my opinion.
lily on March 04, 2012:
ok so looking at the above comments. I'll stop being polite and say America really kinda sucks. A lot of details, but I'll make some main points.
1. We act like the good guys trying to end the war on terrorism, while we kill hundreds of thousands of innocent lives as a result.
2. Politicians are corrupt and stupid. Ever seen the GOP republican debate? I call it pure entertainment
3. The people are rather ignorant...they are always voting for the wrong candidate, and they are brainwashed by Obama.
4. Racism. Oh yeah it still exists in the U.S. despite what they've told you!
5.Homosexuals unable to come open, due to people's narrowmindedness. It has nothing to do with Christianity; religion is an excuse.
6. A lot of people are ignorant and dumb. Yeah we're pretty well known for that yeah? & don't say I?m generalizing.
....there are a lot more. but here's the ones I'm familiar with, let someone else do the rest.
Lily on March 04, 2012:
It was interesting reading all those comments!
however, I must say that if you really want to know what America is like, you have to live here for quite some time before you make a judgement...and most people I see here thinks they know it all from just a short visit or a study program.
America is a nice place depending on what you look for...Is it a good place to live in? Well what exactly is your definition of "good"? Overall, it's lovely. There are good people and bad...really depends on who you surround yourself with.
But on a personal level, I'm much bothered by the social issues in our country. As mentioned above, crime, hate...one of the highest rates of domestic abuse in the world. Bullying...homosexual hate. I'm tired of people saying "it happens everywhere" as an excuse.Well, everything happens everywhere, so does that mean it does not matter? and for that reason I hope to move to say England or France; there are certain european countries known to be a lot more liberal than the U.S. ...If you look at our government, "pizza is a vegetable" "internet censorship"while there are much more important issues? it gives me a headache.
There are so much more, but overall if these issues are less of your concern and you surround yourself with good people, then i'd say the states is a rather fun place.
Natan on February 26, 2012:
Man, Americans are so convinced of how good their lifestyle and country is. I've been living in America for a while now, and as a foreign student I can only mention how retarded most Americans are. They're convinced that they know a lot about other countries and their values and traditions. The truth is that they know shit about it.
When people ask me where I'll live after my studies, I tell them without a doubt that I'll live in Europe. Because, the way Americans behave as ego-centric, obnoxious, and retarded people is just absoluty repulsive.
MPChris from Atlanta, GA on February 25, 2012:
I've got an idea for a hub, from this.
Pola on February 22, 2012:
All I can say is that USA is not as I imagined. After living here for a year or so I'm not blind anymore and sick of crime ridden cities, shootings everywhere, lack of public transport and safe city centers, healthcare system mostly available for the poorest or the richest, even if I wanted to buy an insurance I wouldn't probably qualify because of my chronic health problems, extremely expensive education system doesn't help either. I could go on and on. In fact I'm packing my luggage and going back to my lovely Europe! My country never have been rich but gave me a free education (Master Degree) and free doctor's visit when I need it!! And wonderful safe parks and cities centers where I don't need to relay on a car to get anywhere I want. Is it not a basic life principles?? or am I wrong? hmm. Zegnam!
wowlol on February 19, 2012:
globalcitizen... I hope you're a troll. The US isn't corrupt? hahahahahahahaha. Everyone in Europe except the UK is walking around miserable? Europeans are all fake (this is hilarious, since Europeans are known for their bluntness, while Americans are known (in the South) for being nice to your face but will turn around and s*** talk you behind your back). Americans hate foreigners, too. I had to take 4 classes in (my American) college about learning to tolerate people of other cultures! It doesn't take long to google and find thousands of pages of hatred towards immigrants. I'm a dual-citizen, half German and half American. Spent 17 years in Europe and 13 years in the U.S.
Globalcitizen on February 15, 2012:
I've lived in USA, Europe and Asia. In the US - I've lived in new york, california, texas and florida. In Europe I lived in London, Paris, Switzerland and the South of France... so I probably have a better grip of reality on all these cultures and continents. I have to say that USA was better overall than Europe - there is a lot of beauty and culture in Europe however - Europeans are the most miserable people in the world, they are nasty, hateful, due to their dying cultures they are extremely xenophobic, scared and completely afraid of losing their identities. I do not think British are Europeans though - British are a different class / race of people completely and they aren't so bad... in a way the British combine all good and bad elements of Americans and continental Europeans as well as a bit of "asian" culture in one. I find Britain to be the ideal global / world culture however things are getting bad there too. In my opinion the French are the worst human beings in the world - most arrogant., most selfish, most individualistic and downright depressed nasty people - which is surprising because their language and food and culture as well as the country are all very beautiful - like many people I also think now that "france is great SANS french people". Most of continental europe is a misery zone, due to their history and strong achievements in the past - and now their future has no hopes - these people are very sad and miserable....Europeans also do not embrace the future and move along "progressing" with the world - they are stuck in the Past. In this sense the British are extremely progressive, practical and hard working - also Europeans are lazy bums, much more ignorant than Americans. Just because Europeans dress well and know how to eat well doesn't mean they are more "sophisticated" than anyone else, Americans may be a bit fat, a bit loud and a bit uncouth but they are more "real" -- Europeans are 100 times more fake and like I said afraid of everyone and everything which is not conforming to their little world. In Italy they hate people even from the next town - and north / south divide in Italians is huge....in France they hate everyone else but pretend to get along - the French feel they have achieved some sort of perfection and don't need to do any more work now, their country is a sleepy museum which people love at first but spend a few months in France and you will understand exactly why this little country is the highest consumer of anti-depressant medication in the world...LOL.
As countries with good opportunities and a progressive mentality - both USA and UK are fine, they have their little problems but seriously continental Europe is more messed up - they will never be able to work out the EURO experiment, there is so much jealousy, hatred and class of cultures within Europe that it can never truly be like the United States. In America and Britain - they live and let you live the way you want.. but in Europe they expect you to conform to their stupid society and even if you try your best to integrate they always look at you as an outsider and treat you differently. Europeans don't become friends with anyone - they never express their feelings openly - it is a repressed socialist mental culture and is going nowhere now...with so much immigration things are even worse in Europe...Americans and British are't so threatened by foreign cultures - they embrace it mostly - maybe because Britain had the commonwealth and USA has always been a land of immigrants - they have learnt to live together but Europe has always been at war with each other - now they have a bigger problem with the EU - one to accept each other and the other to accept non-EU immigrants coming over to Europe because the native Europeans are not populating anymore, they have high divorce rates and so much stress and cultural differences with everyone that they have declining populations now...I think its really bad. Also Europe is really corrupt - at most levels, unlike USA and UK - a foreigner cannot easily set up a business or start something new in most of continental Europe. Lastly, Europe is great for a holiday to see the culture, history and beauty - but to live in is very sad and difficult, everything is inconvenient and way too much red tape for nothing.
Toure on February 15, 2012:
First of all . YOU ARE COMPARING A COUNTRY TO A CONTINENT! OF COURSE THERE WILL BE DIVERSITY. YOUR VISITING DIFFERENT COUNRTYS. NOT LIKE YOUR COMPARING JUST A COUNTRY TO AMERICA. NO YOUR NOT. YOU SAID "more diversity". What do you expect? For us to speak german and polish and french? So before you go comparing thing about what you are saying.
- America is the best. Nothing will ever touch it.
rick on February 05, 2012:
You obviously haven't been to many places in America nor stayed long because, like you said, America is HUGE and much more diverse than any other country in the world, stating that europe is more diverse is an extremely dull and uneducated comment. I've lived in Europe for 2 years and America for 20 and I can tell you there is also so much more to do in America, for example there are 4 prominent sports in America whereas in Europe it's soccer, some hockey in the north and a basketball league that is like the minor leagues of the NBA, our college sports are more competitive and fun to watch than what they call basketball in Europe. But there is some great scenery where there is open space in europe but that is rare and the music over there is so distinct that if you don't like it, you have nothing to listen to
Amaya on January 24, 2012:
Japan beats both... But out of the two Id say America.... Americans are more health concerned and nicer then the EU. In the EU their seems to be no concern for the younger generations health. Also None of the EU has better manners compared to America... But Germany tends to have the rudest people, and they don't even have smoking sections, so everyone else in their restaurants haft to breath in smoke. Also America has a competitive free market.... Something that cost 20 dollars in the EU will cost 5 dollars in America... This financial difference effects each sides way of life, Americans are much happier and trust each other more, so much that Americans leave their doors open to let Family and friends come inside whenever they want. In the EU everyone is so poor that they don't trust each other, This is also why many EU companies are investing more into America... They know Americans have more money and more money to just spend on anything.
Apokoly on January 20, 2012:
I like the comments here but this article is kinda moot.
Its comparing a continent w/ a country.
The reason USA is known for diversity is because each state here is like its own culture and values, like each their own country (which originally was the idea). the only difference w/ the rest of the world is that our states are bullied by the fed.
To decide on a new home properly you'll have investigate the whole world.
firstname.lastname@example.org on January 16, 2012:
I am European and live in US for 3 years:)) I Miss Europe a lot:))
EILEEN VICENTE on January 01, 2012:
I have traveled and lived in many places. I have lived in the United States in about thirty different States, Northern and Southern Portugal, and England. England was horrible. In fact I almost died from the horrible medical there. I have been to Vigo and Madrid in Spain, and Southern France for a few days. In addition, I have visited Mexico City and Equador as well as Nassau in the Bahamas. Therefore, I feel that I am well qualified to give my opinion.
The United States has many problems. The medical is disgraceful, because many doctors are only interested in making money. Therefore, they over medicate and some even go so for as to do surgical procedures for the money. In addition medical companies were exclusionary when I lived there six years ago, so I couldn't get my own insurance, because I have severe allergies.
Americans can be extremely friendly, but if you say negative things about the country, many of them will tell you that if you don't like the country then you should leave it, and then they won't speak to you any more. In addition, there is a religious movement that is deeply involved with the politics of a country that has no regard for "separation of church and State." In addition, the job opportunities are there for people who will cut other people's throats. I think America was a much better country in the 1960's when medical care was cheaper, and people could give their opinions without being chastised for them. By the way,I grew up in Brookly, New York.
Presently, I'm a member of the EU, and I am a citizen of Portugal. I love the Southern part of Portugal, but I must live in Oporto at the present time. I hate Oporto. The people, both young and old, are narrow and hateful in reference to foreigners. If you move here, don't expect to have friends in Oporto. On at least four occasions, I was told to get out of their country, and I am often treated the way black people used to be treated in the United States. I would move to Lisbon in a heart beat if I could afford to. By the way, don't expect to find much work here either. If you do find work, it pays very little.
Equador was very poor, but it was not hard to have friends there. The food was nothing to write home about, and I feel the same way in reference to the food in Oporto. Lisbon has better and more of a variety in reference to the food deparment.
I think when you choose a country to live in, you must do so based on your personal needs, and not only in reference ratings. That is my best advice.
Will on December 16, 2011:
If the concern is that we're dealing with stereotypes here, then it's time to move the conversation away from the 'people' in either place (since, as has been pointed out, that all depends...), and instead focus on basic, quantifiable differences, like job security, healthcare, education, surveys of different sorts, etc. And the commenter who mentioned the advantages of Canada has a good point: why not add Canada to this convo?
Guy on November 19, 2011:
I live in Poland and spent 6 months in the USA, mostly LA and NYC. It's really hard to choose between these two continents. What I did NOT like about America was the food. In regular American supermarket, the food simply sucks. Even so called organic food (which is expensive as hell) is not as good as regular European food. But I loved American people, they are very friendly. I'd say Europe is more fascinating land, there is always more and more to explore, where in USA there are not so many great places to go. European people are different, most of them are pretty reserved and not so extrovert. When you are in party mood it's easier to find American folks to be crazy, but in normal life I feel more comfortable with European people.
Andyq on November 17, 2011:
I'm from America and I lived in the South of France for a couple years. It was really great there. I would have liked to have stayed, but I didn't have the proper education to have a means to live comfortably. If you don't make a lot of money, life is definitely better in France. French people don't make a lot of money, but they can live a good life. The cities in France are great and they usually have a very beautiful square. There is a lot of culture in the cities and villages.
john barber on November 15, 2011:
hanna bambina you are totally wrong,maybe you never been too the south US, i lives in europe for 15 years and came back to US and this time to the south, North carolina, and the first thing i noticed that the people were so polite and frendly then northern people , i came from new jersey adn dont say i dont like it, but south have really polite people in general and in europe that si wher you find rude people and look at you from top to bottom.
Muito Bom on November 14, 2011:
I am from the USA. I wish I could live in London since so much music and fashion STARTS in London.
The thing that is better about the USA? People are nice here. Also, the US has some newness and excitement you don't get in Europe. It is nice to have old buildings and
CULTURE, but in some ways it stifles the creation of new things.
The BAD PART of Europe? I have been to Europe a few times. I am not fat, loud or rude, but man, some people in UK/Europe take rudeness to another level. I know that "TAKING THE PISS" is a British thing, but sometimes I don't want my piss taken out. I prefer it exactly where it is.
Texas Infidel on November 14, 2011:
I'm a native Texan and I've traveled all over The Netherlands, Belgium and England. I'm not one of these we-need-to-be-more-like-Europe types but here are a few details about America compared to Europe.
One glaring difference between the two and I wish America would take notice, and that is modesty and dress. Europeans dress nice. No, not necessarily expensive clothes but nice, sensible and modest clothing. Sorry, my fellow Americans, but we dress AWFUL!!!! I'm sick of seeing 50-year-old men walking around in blue denim shorts and sneakers. I'm sick of seeing teenagers and young men wearing baggy pants that are worn so low that I am forced to see their underwear. I've seen some of this in Bruges, Belgium, except the pants is tight as opposed to baggy and loose. Please, Europe, don’t allow this fashion disaster to infiltrate your countries!
Furthermore on dress, America’s popular culture has been poisoned with rap culture. Awful jewelry, baggy jeans worn below “arse,” mangled English, ghetto swagger and awful music. If you want to destroy a culture, simply dowse it with American rap culture and you’ll kill it dead. I can’t tell you how nice it is in Europe when I see a person of color who dresses normal and when they speak, they don’t sound shrill and every other word isn’t “bitch,” “ho” and “axe” (when they actually mean to say “ask”).
As for the negative aspect of Europe, citizens are denied the right to defend themselves against deadly force with a firearm. When your door is kicked in by a crazed meth-head, you surprise a burglar in your home or your accosted by a thug on the street, Texans (and most Americans) are allowed to defend themselves and their families. Unfortunately, the police can’t arrive immediately when you phone them as your family is assaulted so we have to depend ourselves. Furthermore, we are allowed to protect ourselves against worst villain in the world’s history; government.
That being said, I love Europe and my wife and I return time and time again.
Jen on November 06, 2011:
We do not put a lot of ice in our drinks. And actually even if we did it would be healthier then just drinking soda. Most people I know drink water and milk more than soda anyway.
Norm on November 03, 2011:
I am a Canadian who has worked in the US for over 15 years and lived there for a number of them. I have also visited Europe on business many, many times and lived for short periods in the homes of people who live a typical English and German life. So...
First, let me say that given the opportunity to live in Europe I would go immediately. Not because it's better but because it's different and I would like to experience it.
Canada is a wonderful country. When I lived in the US there were many discussions about which country is superior and these discussions rarely went well for the Americans. THey can choose a subject and it can be reasonably (ie. dispassionately) argued that Canada is better. Allow me a few very short examples:
1. Healthcare. We live longer and have higher birthrates. These are primary indicators of health unlike lineups and drug costs (which are much cheaper in Canada, BTW.)
2. Land of Opportunity. A study published by an economist a few years back looked at tax returns and tracked the rate at which low income parents had middle or high income children--an excellent metric of opportunity which I thought to be quite imaginative--and he found that Canadians had much higher rates of "success".
3. Diversity and Multiculteralism. Canada is well known for making multiculteralism work nationally and do not try to make people fit a mold. We are truly a
'salad' and not a mixing bowl.
4. Economics. Canada has the best finance rating of the G20 and is in the best financial position of any country on earth (save China, perhaps). If Canadians had control of US banks we would not have had the meltdown we did.
5. Politics. The US political system is at a complete standstill and no one is capable of doing anything about it. ANY country is better off they they are now.
6. Education. Canada is ranked in top 10 in every education test going.
7. Quality of Life. A recent international survey (can't recall who did it but a recognized authority) pegged 2 cities in Canada in the top three in the world. Canada is annually rated in top 3 countries with best QoL by UN year after year and often are first.
I could continue and these points are all debatable but I think my point is clear: Stop considering America as the place to be and consider Canada as one of the best.
momo on October 29, 2011:
US, EU... same thing :)
take a look here:
LSE on October 20, 2011:
an amazing variety of museums and historic sites as well as free University education.
Personally, I am fed up being surrounded with people texting while they drive and walk the dog, walking around talking to themselves on their ridiculous looking bluetooth apparatus, packing the shopping malls to the limits even on a Monday afternoon (doesn't anybody work anymore? And if all these shoppers are ubemployed, where are they getting the cash?!).
I can't stand the pathetic shallowness on reality t.v., nor the crappy pop music flavour of the month. I want my kids to go to school with kids who are aware of the great big world outside of the latest craze, who recognize who Vivaldi, Shakespeare, Louis Armstrong, Gustave Eiffel, B.B.King, Leonardo da Vinci, Oscar Wilde, Pink Floyd, William Morris, Anne Frank, Bob Marley,
Ghandi, Queen Elizabeth the 1st, Arthur Rackham, Frank Ghery, etc.....are!
The weather in England may be crappy, but not for nearly as long as over here...the health care is okay, but France's may even be better. The convenience of everything may be excellent, but only important for those who need to buy things to be satisfied with their lives. Europe seems to be the place to be to actually experience the world around it affordably and conveniently. It would take several lifetimes to see and experience everything Europe has to offer.
Now if only I could win the lottery to make the transition a bit easier...!
LSE on October 20, 2011:
I am a Canadian, considering moving my whole family to Europe to actually LIVE instead of just SURVIVING. No one seems to have pointed out this rather huge difference between the "Western" & European way of life. Yes, Canada is a beautiful country, with adequate health care so long as you're reasonably healthy; but we're also a sub-arctic country with sub-standard transportation systems, which makes travelling across our inconveniently vast country financially impossible for a family with 3 kids and one income. The mildest climate is on the West Coast, which is also the most expensive place to live, and the most likely to experience an impending natural disaster! Here on the East Coast, winters are unbearable (-40 with the wind chill is common for at least a few icy weeks in January & February and the grass ain't green 'til May) with sticky humid summers (up to 120 degrees).This means we don't get out much for half the year but we sure do appreciate life from June to September!
We are known as a friendly and varied culture, but like most countries around the world, the ethnic diversity is mainly in the big cities. Small town folk can smell an outsider from miles away
and let you know it. As we are so close to the U.S., our convenient and materialistic way of life is very similar. The only real major advantage the U.S. has over Canada is the more diverse and varied landscape with an insane choice of places to live. America may be beautiful, but the politics, health care, media & t.v. culture and small-town mentality is frightening. Western living has become all about how you look and how much you have.
After several visits to England & France, I am impressed with the simple 'country' way of life. The people still seem to take pride in being self-sufficient, creating their own handiwork and they actually take the time to slow down to taste the locally grown food in front of them and listen to whatever their guests have to say. Their history is not lost on them as they are surrounded by it. (In North America you need to drive for hours before hitting any interesting sites...) I know in France the kids learn about world history in the first years of schooling and know what classical music is and where other countries can be found. Europeans have free access to
b on October 18, 2011:
America is full of oppurtunities... if you have money and/or proper education(if you take the time to look and compare the U.S. test scores with European countries we score much lower then some would expect). We may seem like we have a very good living with the prices of things here, but those of us born poor and stay poor don't really expierience anything but work and more work. How our culture is developing with the poor vs the rich I cannot say is good. More and more jobs are being shipped to different countries because of free trade between corporations. Nickle and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich gives a pretty good picture oh the working class in America.
JT Walters from Florida on September 24, 2011:
I am an American guilty as charged but my Father's side of the Family is right from England and London no less and I have lived in both Europe and America. There are pockets of Europeans throughout America. You can spot them as they are the ones still smoking.
I have lived in both Europe and America. I think it would be nice ot have a house in Europe and then a house in America.
I am always excited to return to Europe and then when my time is up there i am always happy to return home. I guess I love the variety both continents have to offer. In Spain in tailor's shops theye do greet you. But is was an odd experience because I had never had anyone offer to make me a dress by hand before.
Also in France and Italy you can dine for hours and hours while in America they rush you into to eat and hand you the check before you can order after diner coffee. I often wonder if Americans are so heavy because they aren't allowed ot digest their food.
Americans also don't nap during the day.
Yes we like ice because we are adding water into a beverage that isn't necessarily healthy for the kidneys' We are minizing the kidney damage. But I know better then to order ice in Europe.
It is also true we have cars but we also have working lifts which can't be said for a lot of buildings in Europe and therefore one has to take the huge stair case up and down.
We also own property. That can't be said about people in England as most of them rent the property underneath the house.
And in general Americans like each other from region ot region which can not be said at all about Europe. They spit on each other if you wear the wrong football colors on game day. France and Englad don't get along so well but New and Florida or Florida and any other state are like tow peas in a pod.
Throughout America like Europe different dailects are spoken just as they are in Europe. I am surpirsed you could understand Americans at all since there linguistic schemes are based on the German language and no the English language. Depending on how well you assimilated and what part fo the country you visited i doubt you would be able to pick on these subtle regional dialects.
I know European humor and I know American humor and both are very interesting. I can't say Europeans are self depricating because that is not my experience as an American. We literally have English people who move to Florida and tell us they are hear to spy on us on behalf of King Charles and to tax Americans to death. And i look right bck at them and tell them the King of England has dumped them in America, their paychecks will be cut off, and a band of Americans will be greeting them to cook and biol them and feed them to the poor. And I am half English. Old English people don't think that is too funny.
What I do know and love about my country the USA and Europe is that they are two different clubs. I love my fellow Americans. We are in it together and we do love each other. You can't always say that about the Europeans although when I am in Europe I make certain to let the Europeans know America always embraces them.
Cute article. I should probably write about my experiences living in Europe. As I said at the beginning I think both continents are great.
On last comment, no matter how much I eat when I am in Europe and i always eat heartedly because dining takes hours and hours in Europe. I eat way more then I would ever in the USA. I always come home much much thinner and in European clothes. I don't know why but I always get thinner in Europe probably form walking up all those staircases because of the timy lifts.
Your article didn't offend me at all. America 9is a great cool country which people are beating down the doors to get into. I understand the differences and I think it is great to have America and great to have Europe otherwise we would all be the same.
Where would we all holiday without each other?
Really lovely article. Not offensive at all but rather humorous. Next time you are in the states let me know and I will make certin you see some real Americana. I have a few strip malls I know you would love as well.
Les on September 18, 2011:
I really think that the most of these comments are very offensive to people living in the United States. I have lived in the United State a large part of my life and I have also lived in Europe for a large part of my life. I truly believe that strengths can be found in both. Also, weaknesses can be found in both Europe and the United States. Anyone that is under the misperception that they think they can commit on America because they have been their a few times is absurd. One cannot truly understand what makes a country thrive until they are embedded in the countries culture for a period of time. Going to Europe and visiting Poland, England, and Germany does not make me an expert on Europe. The United States itself is a vast array of different states that has a very diverse culture and way of looking at life. Just as varying countries in Europe will be swayed by their educational background, experiences, and culture. People in United States can be caring, compassionate, healthy, hardworking, and any other trait that you want to say they are not. You would not want people generalizing that all Europeans are the same. Are there fat Europeans, do they eat fries, are there healthy Europeans who eat vegetables? Are there places in the United States that have no strip malls? The answer is yes, perhaps more travels and a greater understanding of a culture might be in order.
KarenN on September 16, 2011:
Having lived in USA for a decade East coast, West coast and soon to be back to New Jersey, I have found that USA is totally alien to European culture. It is a different system. I love New York City, gritty people, broadway shows, central park..it is alive. San Francisco and California, yuk. False people, false way of living, Elitist attitude...Keep up with the Jones's. Whole state is broke and going downhill as we speak (but no one will admit it here!). Bottom line for me, NEW YORK city anyday, California has no soul...and I cannot speak for the rest of USA. UK is the BEST country to live in if you have plenty of income..love London, love cotswolds, love Manchester, love the culture...if you have limited income it is a hard life at the moment. Southern France would be my favorite place for lifestyle if I had the choice. USA vs Europe....look at the healthcare folks. UK NHS no the best but its a hell of a lot better than the USA system which is frankly frightening.
Oona on September 10, 2011:
Dear US-Americans, USA is NOT unique in its being a mixture of cultures and races. Many Latin American countries (Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina) are like that, too, as is Indonesia and other countries. And some European countries are becoming like that fast. Don't be so self-centred, please.
Hattie from Europe on August 28, 2011:
I lived in America all my life, and yes I have to agree with you since I've date a dutch man the lat 4 years. I have always wanted to trave around the world as long as I can remember, and yes America is big, but seems to lack taste in cultural balance whether it is music, art, or even strip malls. We have to many banks, to many malls, and no matter what town you're in we seem to follow the same pattern of stores, and chain lines. There is not always amazing things to see, and some times we do have nice places, but we conform to materalizing the same things over and over again.
Darlene Yager from Michigan on August 06, 2011:
Wow! This really got some people stirred up. I live in the USA and have all of my life and I even catch myself saying America as if the States were all there is in America. Seems we have been brainwashed from an early age to think of it this way. Shame on us leaving out the rest of North America as well as Latin and South America. I think it is true that there is some guilty thoughts of "self-importance" in the USA. But I believe many countries share this.
I think that it is hard to understand the US as an outsider because of the blend of cultures. I wish they would have shared them and kept them a bit more as they were but the blending made it easier for the people to get along.
We still have people moving here from other countries with strong sense of culture and they feel it is hard to get along well with those who have lived here long because many of the people who have lived here feel that the new people need to blend in seamlessly and give up their former culture. These new people don't want to give up the beauty of their culture, they just want to be accepted.
I think if it hadn't been a point of blending early on that everyone here would have been more understanding and accepting of everyone. There was no need to do the the native people what was done to them, and there should not be a need to become something you are not.
The world is full of beauty and I would love to see it all. Unfortunately, I am unable (so far) to will myself to other parts of the world. So I enjoy hubs where others post about places I may never see personally. I do not think of England as small--but beautiful. As I think of all of this world we live in.
Many think the USA is powerful but the real power comes from love and acceptance.
jagerfoods from South Carolina, USA on July 01, 2011:
The title alone caught my eye. My wife is from Germany and I'm from the U.S. so this one fell into discussion. We both live in the United States now yet the topic of conversation comes up more often then you might think about moving back to her home town. Visiting just isn't enough. This was a hub we both got into.
Julie Grimes from Columbia, MO USA on June 18, 2011:
Thank you for this delightful hub.
Andrei on June 15, 2011:
What is this Culture that the USA has ? Hamburgers and large fries ?... Europe has a much nicer standard for living. I have lived in NY, VA, and Florida and all I can say is, it was not that great. Nothing beats living in a place like Italia (example). Sorry, not trying to bash anyone. But the truth is EUROPE > usa
Moon Daisy (author) from London on June 05, 2011:
Hi A, I realise that I have used "America" where I could probably more accurately have used the "United States", and I apologise for this slight oversight! I guess when I use the name America, I am thinking of the 50 states, rather than the Americas, although I thought that the word America was commonly used to refer to either. I know we are all sometimes guilty of not knowing the correct terminology to use when talking about other countries, and that sometimes people get offended about this.
Similar things happen when people talk about the UK. I guess we have to realise that while most people might know about the geography of where they live, we can't all know all there is to know about every country!
I have added a video which explains the difference between Great Britain, the United Kingdom and England, as many people often use these interchangeably too. I'd love to also add one that explains all the American territories. (While these videos aren't really so relevant to the hub, I think they are interesting all the same!) I'll add one if I find one.
Moon Daisy (author) from London on June 01, 2011:
Thanks for all your comments. This was very much a tongue-in-cheek hub; largely ironic, and based on my own personal gripes, and I didn't mean to offend anyone. Of course I don't really believe any of the stereotypes that are bandied around about our various cultures. I am normally a fiercely "anti-stereotype" person, and I know that lots of Americans are perfectly normal people! (I also realise that they probably do know what coke really tastes like).
It's really interesting to read the different points of view about the pros and cons of living on these two continents, I have learnt lots of things, and I hope that those who want to, get to experience life in both sides of the Atlantic.
TOMI on May 19, 2011:
It depends what person believes what is his quality of life. I live in Slovenia (one of most small countries in EU) and I just love the beautiful varies nature 5 meters away from my home and city with everything in reach of 3 km, cute people and big list of happenings every day. In SLO everything is small, but you have almost everything just over the corner.
MPChris from Atlanta, GA on March 10, 2011:
Its not a popularity contest, your homeland is where you were born. If you don't like how things are going, you either work to change it, or you move elsewhere.
You go everywhere in the world, its all the same. Six billion little squirrels, all trying to get a nut.
Alyssa on March 07, 2011:
I find this article very intresting as long as the comments. I've lived in France, and right after the le backe (huge test here) I got to live in america as an exchange student. I got to travel the east & west coasts, but lived in a small town in Ohio. I loved America! Going to the games every week, & how much spirit & confidence most Americans have. I do think there educational system is probably lower than Europe, but in Europe as a student you don't get to live as freely as American students do, this I loved. In Europe it's unusual to smile at random people and talk and be so cheerful. Americans have just as much culture as France, or most countries in Europe. If your Europe I hope u can visit America someday & try newyork, if ur american come visit Europe :) we have good food!!
AtticusNate on February 11, 2011:
Hi everyone, my name is Nate and I live in Utah (and no, I am not of the LDS religion, the biggest stereotype of this state). These comments were very interesting to me, since I am considering moving to England in the near future. I've lived in the US my entire life, and to be quite honest, Utah is probably one of the worst states to live in. We have laws here that I completely disagree with. Such as... If you are under 19, you cannot buy cigarettes or any form of tobacco (Every other state in the US permits you to buy them at 18). Also, you can't buy alcohol or liquor on sundays. Those are just a few of the reasons I dislike this state. This country, it's a decent country, but in my opinion it is worsening each year. There is more poverty among us, more unemployment, more crime, and greedier people who just care about money and power. The American Intelligence Agency is allowed to monitor our phone calls and e-mails. Meaning nobody has true privacy! But I just think America will come crashing down someday in the future. And I don't want to be here when that happens. That's why its in my best interest to move to Europe or possibly even Canada. I'd love to hear any of your opinions on this.
Elisabeth Mailloux on January 04, 2011:
Hi, I'm a canadien and I think that America and Europe are not completely different you know!People always say you can't compare them because it's too different: europe on his side is more culture and drastic and America on his side is more dynamic and folk!But we always say that you have the best food and you are better educated but I think it's fake.I just think that we have much in common!
Peter Wolfe on December 15, 2010:
It's me Peter again with some more remarks on generalizations. Human beings need to quit applying a stereotype to an entire group as we know in geography as in people on large scale assumptions are often times inaccurate and misleading. I'm a political science student with perhaps an emphasis on international affairs and realize from meeting people frm around the world that we are more the sam not different. Respecting our differences of one another as well as spreading literacy can go a long way to cure the worlds problems. Degrading americans like other nations will only cause us to backlash on you with revolt cause of some americans are patriotic to their nation like germans surely are in lots of cases to the Father Land.
Finally, it woul be nice if we lived in a world that we had an unlimited supply ofenergy that all can be united in physical adventures to explore foreign lands. Alas, I don't live in a fairy land world of made-up belief at all. My sights are set on Brazil or perhaps Canada for the future Embassy work in the future! By the way, you don't think us americans are critical on one another about fast food restaurants, watching excessive television, etc? I have signed a petition with a commitment to quit eating at all fast food restaurants myself! Self-empowerment is what is needed in the world not thinking that anyone individual or group is superior cause that word is a made up word in my belief. I hope you all experience life an its many treasure as many won't so bring something back to your nation to share with your fellow countrymen like picturs, gifts, experiences, videos, etc dcause that is good for everyone. Remember you see what you want to see in any giv en situation and bad/good everywhere in the world.
Colie Anne on December 01, 2010:
To be honest some of what was said about America just sounds dumb. Kind of like she does not know what she is talking about.We know what Coke taste like! It comes from here(Georgia). We have the Coke factory && all that good stuff! && then about American culture!! America is known for its diverse cultures. It is what makes the US unique. Because we have the most diverse population of citizens.
NY never sleeps from NY City on November 16, 2010:
Well, being a European it's a privilege in some degree but if considering Europe it is not such a powerful "union" as USA, America is one, so that is why it has much stronger economic and lives as one state, whereas Europe has to discuss many things with many countries before the declaration or new law will be accepted.
DEAR AMERICANS, IF I AM NOT RIGHT - CORRECT ME, PLEASE!
And I recommend everyone to watch this video
Jestonii on November 15, 2010:
I live in the UK moved here from the Philippines when u was little and would love to live in America one day! I just love everything about America (a bit obsessed) people tell me it's just cos of the tv and how America is portrayed as an amazing place but it's not just that, having Filipino roots (Philippines was an American colony), I can identify with the American culture more such as their music, food, baseball, basketball, language (American English), I even love going to 7/11 and buying some slurpy in the Philippines or go to the mall... Someday I'm gonna visit the US, maybe even move there... I don't understand why anyone would hate America, it seems so nice but maybe I'm just living in a dream world so I have to check it out myself! Both America and Europe are lovely! :)
NY never sleeps from NY City on November 10, 2010:
Hello everyone! My name is Christian Kopf, I am Swedish. I was born in Stokholm, after my family removed to St. Petersburg also in a wonderful city. Some years later I went to study in Athens and now I am finishing my bachelor in New York, in the city where I will continue the rest of my life. It's really marvelous place where I would like to be born.
I don't get for what EuroVision has been made, and why Uneuropean countries participate in. I hate English humor and always resented their buckram! Also why British don't like French if they are much better then they, but I do understand why Americans don't stand English...
I visited whole the Europe, in fact there are places which are beautiful and pretty for living, but NY is exactly what I want!!!
And in a conclusion I advise Europeans at least just visit the USA and after that say an opinion.
GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!
Petrika on September 26, 2010:
I worked in US for 3 months, 2 summers in a row, as a student, and I can say that there is great diversity of people in US. I worked in NJ state, which is proclaimed as state with high law obedience, ppl who tend to be loud and rude, and I can confirm that. Working on a boardwalk, I came across a lot of rude people, but also nice ones too. One thing which i like about americans is that they are very friendly and open minded. Although I think, friendships in Europe last longer, because Americans tend to have superficial friendships (at least, that's what some researchs said). Americans are not afraid to say what they want, if something doesn't go according to their will, they tend to get very nervous and loud. Of course, nobody's the same, but that's what my impression is from what i've experienced working there.
A on September 16, 2010:
What i'm still without comprehending is when people say America refering to United States. That's an absolutely point og ingorance. A bit the same when people talk to Europe when there's a lot of differences between one country and other, without to mention the climate differences, culture, etc...
PS: I live in Madrid, the city that i was born, but i lived in Argentina, England, France, Italy, Monaco, and Finland. Also i have friends for a wide range of nationalities or friends that are living outside. If you want to talk to America, you can include Argentina. There you can find similarities with the culture of USA and it's biggest things. Very different things you can see there from the Iguazu to Tierra del Fuego.
Not to lived in USA but i had two NY girlfriends i can say that one of the biggest things when we talk about "America" vs Europe is the multicultural races that have grown there... that makes America a more "open minded" in so many ways...
John on July 09, 2010:
Great article! I am from Buffalo, NY, and you definitely were right-on with the driving problem in the US. I absolutely hate it, however, if you live in a mid-to-large sized city, you can do without a car. To the Europeans reading this article, come see the US for yourself, we are not all that fat! Haha, and our health issues are improving to your standards, slowly, but surely. One more thing, we are not any ruder than any other country in the world, though our culture might depict us as loud and obnoxious.
Moon Daisy (author) from London on April 23, 2010:
Ashley, thanks a lot for your comment. My hub was of course light-hearted, and I know that there is sooo much more to America than I've included here!
It's an amazing and varied place, and there are plenty of parts that I'd like to explore, especially its many natural wonders. Of course, it is more than a country (at least in the European sense of the word) as it covers such a huge geographical area, which is why I chose to compare it to Europe rather than to a single European country. And it is also over the continent of Europe that you get an amazing spread of climates, cultures and places of natural beauty. (Although some individual countries also have stark contrasts within their own borders).
These days we also have 24 hour food shops and pharmacies. Our restaurants don't tend to open into the night - although this is probably just a matter or time!
Yes, sadly all countries have their stereotypes, but luckily people travel enough these days to know that most of them are untrue. (Although there is perhaps an element of truth in the bad teeth one - maybe because dental treatment is one of the few things not included in our free healthcare system!)
America and Europe both have their great points, and one day I'd like to do more travelling and spend more time on both sides of the Atlantic.
Moon Daisy (author) from London on April 23, 2010:
Thanks for your comments Lamme. It's great that you've travelled, I'd love to get to Asia and Africa one day also. I hope you get to stay in Italy or France one day too!
Ashley on April 19, 2010:
I am American and can honestly say that the thing I love the most is how you really can do anything and everything here. I was originally from the east coast, and now live in Texas. The differences between here and there are enormous. In Texas you have beautiful weather year round, with a mix of desert, hill country, plains, forests, and beaches all wrapped up into one state. I know that America has the stereotype of being fat and lazy, but England also has the stereotype of having bad teeth, among various others. In reality, while there are occasionally those who are overweight, I come across stunningly beautiful people everywhere I go. A big part about America is that while we are criticized for praising the "almighty dollar" it definitely goes far in this land of endless opportunity. If I decide to go out drinking with my friends, and get a late night craving at 5 am, all I have to do is drive down the street to the nearest 24 hour fast food restaurant. While I do not typically eat much fast food, I love having it as an option if I chose to. Besides even 24 hour food places, if I were to wake up at 6:30 am with a fever, I could simply drive down the road to the nearest 24 hour Walgreens or CVS. Everything here is so unbelievably convenient. In America you have the option of living in ultra modern urban cities, some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, among lush trees and forests, and even out in the complete and utter wilderness. It is also nice to be able to go anywhere and know that they speak your language, and to drive all the way across the USA and still be in the same country. God bless America.
Lamme on April 17, 2010:
Great article. I've traveled quite a bit, Europe, Asia, SA, but the US is still my home. I would like to spend a couple of years in France and/or Italy though.
Moon Daisy (author) from London on April 14, 2010:
Thanks for stopping by Stacey, and for your lovely comments. I hope you get to visit Europe some day. There are lots of great places to see, as there are also in America. There are plenty of amazing places I still want to visit there.
Moon Daisy (author) from London on April 14, 2010:
Thanks for your comment Peter. You're right, nowhere in the world is all rosy. I'm sorry you're finding difficulties with moving to Europe. I agree, learning a language is always a great idea. Hope you manage to achieve your goals in the future.
Stacey on March 24, 2010:
I have talked to some awesome Europeans, and from pictures I've seen.. it is a beautiful place. I would love to visit Europe someday, too. However, America is my home. God Bless America :)
Peter Wolfe on February 20, 2010:
Sounds good in Europe but not all is rosey anywhere you go. I've thought about moving to England or Ireland and even Italy before just can't seem to get a grasp on the requirements. The high level of education attainment in my opinion is blustered as many claim to know 4-6 languages fluently, however, the truth is they know how to only speak it for the most part with a bit of english. You get them out of their confort zone they are about as ignorant of the language as I am of theirs. So, I would love to learn a language as well in the future!
Moon Daisy (author) from London on February 19, 2010:
Thanks for your comment Theo. It's interesting that you also feel you have more in common with Europe than the US.
Do you think this is mainly because you've been living in Europe for a while now, or perhaps also because you originally come from a Latin culture, which has some European origins?
I'm interested in whether people from Latin America generally feel quite close to American culture, or if they more strongly embrace their own cultures.
..Sorry if I'm being naïve in any of these comments, I'd like to learn more!
Theo on February 13, 2010:
Thanks, Moon Daisy. Your views are most interesting to me.
Although I grew up in Latin America, I have european descent and got an EU pass. I have lived in Europe since for 8 years now, and I feel that I have a lot more in common with EU than with the US. I feel at home here, but cannot say the same in Australia or in the States. Too different culture. I would say that the degree of ethnocentrism in American culture is higher than in Europe, where people is used to live in another countries... This may explain some of the differences I see...
Moon Daisy (author) from London on November 18, 2009:
Thanks for your comments Hanna. Yes, there are pros and cons to living on both continents. I guess that there are overweight people everywhere - as well rude and stupid people, I've even met a few in the UK, lol!
The gun thing does scare me as well, there is enough violence in countries that don't have firearms, and I'm sure that legalising them must make matters worse. But that's a whole other debate...
Hanna Bambina on November 15, 2009:
Sometimes I wish I lived in norhtern america or Canada; and other times I thank God I'm European. There are some pretty cool people in America; but think of all the phycos that cancel that out? All those people who feel compeled to eat so much that they baloon out? Or even the fact that guns are alowd in America... Also, Americans are notoriously stupid and rude. So, I'm unsure...