This author enjoys exploring the differences between various countries and cultures.
All of the points below are generalizations with many exceptions. However, in essence, these differences do exist between the US and Europe. Of course, there are also many differences between European countries, as well as between different parts of the US, but for the sake of brevity, those have not been explored here.
1. Europeans Work Fewer Hours.
It's no secret that Americans are overworked. Very few Europeans work over 40 hours a week, and in some countries there, they work even less. Sure, some Americans may say that Europeans are lazy and less productive, but this is simply not true.
Most European countries have much more worker-friendly labor laws than the US. Even though Americans are working longer hours than ever and with fewer benefits and rights than ever, the economy is still in the worst shape since the Great Depression. Simply being worked to the bone by employers does not equate to productivity. It only leads to American workers being more stressed and having less free time than Europeans.
2. Europeans Get (and Actually Use) More Vacation Time.
Most Europeans have a yearly minimum of four weeks of vacation, and most of them actually use their vacation time. They can do so without being looked down on by employers, because there are laws that guarantee vacation time. Many Europeans also take all or most of their vacation at one time, which is virtually unheard of in the States, where taking 2–3 days off at a time seems like pushing it.
Americans are chained to their work with hardly any free time. Whatever free time they do have is spent shopping or watching TV, whereas most Europeans travel somewhere, even if it is just domestically in many cases. It's no wonder so many Americans hate their jobs and bosses.
3. Americans Take Shorter Lunches and Often Eat at Their Desks.
Europeans actually leave their desks during lunchtime, many for an hour or more at a time. In the US, eating your lunch anywhere else than at your desk can set you up to look like a slacker who doesn't want to give "100%". But stuffing our faces in front of our monitors will not help productivity. I doubt people can even digest food properly when staring at their work.
In Europe, lunch is considered the most important meal of the day and usually involves having at least two courses—not just a sandwich and a Coke as is common in the US. If workers can actually eat at a human pace, then they are more likely to perform better.
4. Americans Are More Obsessed With Pop Culture and TV.
"It's what people will be talking about all week", is a claim many TV channels like to make about some huge TV event. The sad truth is that many Americans do discuss TV shows and other pop culture at the workplace, this usually being the only conversation topic that they can all chime in on.
Being overworked leads to just going home and flopping down in front of the TV and watching whatever everyone else watches. Talking about the lives of fictional characters or reality show "stars" is perceived as better than getting into personal issues and talking about our own lives. Europeans tend not to focus on TV shows so much, especially not as a topic of conversation.
5. Europeans Spend Less Time Driving.
In general, Europeans drive less because public transport systems are a lot better than in the US. Americans are already stressed out by work and debt, then they add on some more by having to drive to and from work—in most cases through traffic filled with cars driven by other stressed and angry drivers.
But stress isn't the only result of driving long hours in traffic. It is also expensive, and having breakfast in cars is not a very healthy thing either. People don't pay attention to the road as much when they are focused on chewing and drinking whatever sugar-laden "breakfast" they are having.
In Europe, you have the option of commuting via (mostly) clean and well-run buses, trams, trains, etc., where you can snooze, read, stare out the window, or just relax, or have some breakfast at your leisure.
6. In America, Sports Games Are Family Affairs (and Fan Bases Are Less Loyal).
In Europe, attending sports games is not usually a family affair like in the US, where children get balloons or bobblehead dolls and the whole family goes out to watch the game. Soccer games, for instance, are almost exclusively attended by male fans in Europe, and are not meant to be a sort of Disneyland family event. European sports fans almost never eat anything during games, either; instead, they drink alcohol, which gives the atmosphere at games a more intense feel than US sports games.
In Europe, people don't go to watch sports just to do something. They go because they actually have an emotional tie to their teams. European sports teams do not pick up and move from one city to another whenever they are not making enough money like many US sports franchises do. Teams stay in their own cities for better or for worse, leading to a loyal and intense fan base and historical rivalries that most American sports simply do not have.
7. The Portions Are Smaller in Europe.
Americans are getting fatter and fatter. Europeans are getting a bit bigger too because of a more sedentary lifestyle as opposed to a few decades ago, but the US still takes the cake, and a big cake at that.
US food and drink portions are truly enormous compared to European portions. Sure, in the US you might be getting more for your money, but do you need that much more? The more you get used to, the more you'll need in order to be satisfied. Europeans have much smaller drinks as well. A small pop or coffee in the US is like a large in Europe.
European stores and eateries rarely offer XL sizes in groceries, foods, and drinks—which means there are not many XL clothes either. Less is more, especially when we are talking about overall health.
8. In the US, People Have an All-or-Nothing Approach to Exercise.
European cities are a lot more pedestrian-friendly, leading to people walking around more and being more active. In many places in the US, it is rare to see people walking from place to place; if they are, it might even be assumed that they have had their license revoked for a DUI or they are too poor to get a car.
Americans don't consider just going for a walk to be exercise: Everything has to be done in the extreme. This means power walking instead of just normal walking; riding race bikes wearing all the pro bike-riding gear instead of just riding your bike to the store dressed normally; running for miles and miles and suffering through it whilst wearing the most expensive running shoes there are instead of just not eating so much, etc. Physical activity doesn't have to be extreme, it just has to be consistent and coupled with less consumption in order to work.
9. Dressing Up for Daily Activities Is Common in Europe.
Europeans (especially women in Central and Eastern Europe) dress much better than Americans in general. You will hardly see anyone in Europe go to a mall or anywhere outside wearing baggy sweatpants, a big sweatshirt, ratty jeans or out-of-style clothes of any kind. It is also rarer for women to go out without makeup.
Kids at college dress up nicely, unlike many in the US who are okay going to class in PJ bottoms and oversized college-logo sweatshirts. Maybe it's because Europeans see each other more because they walk or take public transport that they dress up and don't look sloppy. Americans mostly see each other as heads behind a steering wheel, thus making what they wear less important.
10. In the US, Towns and Cities Often Blend Into One Another.
Vast, sprawling US-style suburbs are not as common in Europe. In the US, you can drive for miles through developed areas that look like one large city when in fact they are several separate towns that have grown together into mega suburbs. The only way you know that you have passed from one city to another is by signs dumped on the sides of the road, which can be very hard to notice.
This type of sprawl is not common in Europe, where you can usually tell when you have left one town and are entering another by the empty territories in between.
Questions & Answers
Question: Are there more people in the EU or the USA?
Answer: In the EU.
© 2012 frantisek78
SomeDudeFromBE on September 08, 2020:
Difficult to compare countries in the handling of the outbreaks. These times indicate we need to take Care of our elderly and loved ones more than ever! Politicians are politicians; we assume they carry our vote; and deliver; but they are only human.. In the end it results in political parties playing ping/pong (I'm Belgian, I've seen a lot of that) We just seem tot distract ourselves from what IS important in life, ....
SURVIVAL! This time not of ourselves nor our children but this time our fellow parents and grand parents. So for the next months put on your mask and distance !! It is according to me a discrace that during a US election year this basic survival tool is being discredited. The general rule should be: whatever the odds say might help, use it. In that sense we Europeans probably seem too compliant/naïeve/obedient , but tot be honest I don't care. Everywhere governments try tot keep balance between economy and wellbeing. Economies are different which governments are expected to control, but wellbeing is something you can control. Belgium has one of the worst mortality rates, because they simply counted everyone that died with a cough. seems they finaly did something right! Excess deaths where spot on with the covid counts! As with pandemics, only a few years from now we will be able tot see the impact, as it travels around the globe.
Anon12 on July 09, 2020:
@Thetexanjoe12: And yet we have one of the worst president in the US who only cares about economy than the well-being of his own citizens. America has BY FAR the worst cases of coronavirus, with 3+ million cases and counting. Since the reopening, the number of cases skyrocketed and Europe had since enacted a BAN on flights to and from America due to our governments doing a terrible job at combating the coronavirus.
Plus, when I looked back at the US, I see more people struggling through high rent costs coupled with homelessnes, even veterans being ridiculed by labeling them off as "crazy". Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but America is far from being a superpower country when everything wrong is going on, especially from widespread protests to a full-scale looting/riots. Even my friend back in Seattle says she's no longer safe due to police officers being defunded and is afraid of leaving the house due to hoodlums robbing and committing crimes with no punishment whatsoever. She can't even defend herself because she's afraid of being arrested for fighting off a criminal.
That being said, the "American Dream" is nothing more than a cesspool and a dumpster fire that's going to keep on burning. Especially when you're dealing with sky high rents, reduced pensions, exorbitantly-high medical and education costs, and 80% of the people often act high and mighty and have since become increasingly hostile since the death of George Floyd, not just COVID-19.
Gianni on July 08, 2020:
I don't fully agree with this. Surely Europe is doing better than America in many ways but it's not true that Europeans work way less that Americans. For example, in Amsterdam the average citizen hardly can afford a 2 room appartement without working MORE then 40 hours a week.
Also Europeans are not much more open and friendly then Americans. Perphaps more honest and real in character but that doesn't mean more friendly
I agree that europe has more benefits then the usa in many ways but don't overdo it.
Thetexanjoe12 on June 26, 2020:
I don't agree:
For example i read an article that said kids from the United kingdom need operations because their are to fat, when i go to gym theres a lot of people 24/7 as well walking on the streets, you said here in the us we have to drive a lot, but remember the countries in Europe are to much small the here, for example texas is bigger than almost all countries there, and is not expensive drive a gallon of gas here in texas is 1,85 and sometimes its 1,50 but never more than 2 dollars, we eat more but work more, we enjoy time with the family we always looking for an excuse to be together, it could be football games not like Europe where if my soccer team lost we make a fight, do you remember the hooligans. Plus America is the superpower of the world we dont have to worry about the economy or make an union to survive.
James Fenimore Cooper on May 28, 2020:
1-3. Hard work shouldn't be looked down on. North America has many times more millionaires than the EU. My medical is not a problem, my insurance coverage was a factor in my accepting my current employment. 4.If you are going to use terrible advertising in your analysis of my culture that is poorly thought out. 5, So what, we have bigger cars, Americans cheat less on their wives. 6. Sports is a business here, and butts in seats is good business. 7. Portions are bigger in America and refills are free! I don't see your point,you gave less and that's a good thing? You are FREE to not eat everything on your plate. 8. People are free to exercise or not as they see fit. They are literally free to be fat asses. 9. Sorry, we didn't get the memo we needed to dress to please you. If you see us dressed casually or un-stylishly its probably because it's those 8 or so hours between our shifts. 10. That really depends on where in the USA you are. In L.A. or SF or NYC, Dallas true. In Nevada, Utah, Iowa, Alaska, and many many more states, not true.
Anon on May 08, 2020:
Oh my, you have started quite the debate.
Your article was interesting and clearly there are a lot of opinions on the matter. If I could uslessly add my two-sense I think some of the confuson comes when you simplify a very complex topic.
When I went to Europe for the first time I was so excited to be there. I loved the culture, food, atmosphere; all things I didn't get where I lived. So one night a German friend asked me why, after saving all of my money for a year, would I choose to visit Europe? And I was so suprised he didn't know. It was for the country hopping and the food and musems and famouse things. I couldn't understand why he didn't think his country was amazing.
So next summer we had a Swiss student crash at our place while he toured America and I asked him the same thing. Why would you want to come here when there were cooler places to visit?
And this time he looked at me like I was crazy and said; the nature, the hiking, the huge cities, the movie industry. He thought everything I took for granted was vacation worty and vice-versa.
All this to say I think it is a simple case of the grass is always greener on the other side. Every country has it's own problems and strengths and appreciating other cultures, but perhaps no idolizing them is the way to go :)
Anon12 on May 06, 2020:
@Jim: "Also, I love that American are so friendly and positive but hate that it's so fake (Americans only realize that when they leave). And I love how down to earth and honest most Europeans are. I just wish they would smile a little more."
Which is why behind their friendly faces have a clear case of superiority complex because they think that the US is far better than many other countries when in reality, they're not. They look up at their president as if he was God for some reason. And Europeans don't need to smile a lot when they know they're living their modest lives.
In the US, you get practically no vacation days to spend time with your friends and family, much less travel to relax. Plus any money you earn often ends up going into rent and they're often expensive too. No money to pay off? Enjoy living in the streets where even your closest friends will consider you an outcast to society and are less than likely to take you in. How else do you think California and Hawaii have the highest homeless people, and even other states with homeless issues? Blame the inept governments who only cater to the wealthy people who also look down upon low-income people as lazy and unimportant.
Even mass transportation is virtually nonexistent because they relied far too much on highways and cars and less on metro trains, subways, even buses, compared to Europe. Even Japan has a vast majority of mass transportation, including high-speed trains, and are even planning on reviving trams within key cities, Tokyo included, which almost negates the use of vehicles, as is in Europe. But in the US, a car is basically mandatory and it creates serious problems, especially in trying to arrive to work on time whilst in Europe, a car is not necessarily needed to commute to work except to use it for grocery shopping, or even take it to have it refueled or maintained.
Sad to say but the US of A has been filled with more work and less time with family because of many reasons, and being chained to your job makes it feel like you're being enslaved, and they have poor tolerance for employees who are pregnant and see them as liabilities. In Europe, you're always guaranteed vacation days and allow women to raise their children before going back to work and you're also allowed to spend time with friends and family. Sadly in America, it's work first, family last, and because almost many people are living through paycheck to paycheck, the "American Dream" is nothing more than a total lie.
Anon12 on May 05, 2020:
@Mj: Look at my previous two comments, you'd be quite surprised.
Jim on May 04, 2020:
As a Canadian that lived in the US for 3 years and now lives in Europe for the past 6 years (5 northern EU countries), I can broadly agree with the points in this article.
I always say that Europe is better for the WORKER. I would get a call from HR if I tried to book a meeting over someones lunch hour. And young people will use every minute of their 35 days vacation. Leaving their work phones turned off the whole time and everyone expects and respects that.
However, the US is better for the CONSUMER. I was amazed that I could go shopping at 2am if I forgot something. Also that even regular restaurants had valet parking!
So ideally I would earn all my money in Europe and then spend it all in the US.
Also, I love that American are so friendly and positive but hate that it's so fake (Americans only realize that when they leave). And I love how down to earth and honest most Europeans are. I just wish they would smile a little more.
Broadly I would say that if you're someone that's exceptionally ambitious (top 20%) with a fast life a big dreams then better to live in the bombastic US of A. There you can easier reach your full potential with few barriers. However, if you prefer a more relaxed, comfortable life that's more dedicated to friends, family and holidays, then beautiful Europe will better suit you.
So I wouldn't say that one continent is better than the other. They are just different. Both very diverse with their own positives and negatives.
Anon12 on May 02, 2020:
@jay: Forgot to mention that America isn't very disabled-friendly, even though there are cities for the disabled. Most of the population aren't just racists and homophobics, they're secretly ableists around disabled people. And just because the US has a low unemployment rate, doesn't mean its actually true. People are living paycheck to paycheck and their hard-earned money end up going into rent. And no holiday vacations either so you've basically missed the point.
They even show no respect to veterans who still have PTSD and often label them off as "crazy", because instead of getting the help they deserve, they instead point and laugh in the most disrespectful manner. How else do you think these hardened military veterans often end up living in the streets? Blame the incompetent American government.
Anon12 on May 02, 2020:
@jay: Sorry to burst your bubble, but since Trump took office, majority of Americans are far too uptight and arrogant, not to mention completely violent and hostile, plus you're not treated as an employee of your job; you're basically their slave chained to your ankle. You have no time to be with your friends and family, not to mention high rent costs and stupidly expensive university costs, while in Europe, schools and colleges are 100% free and vacation times are guaranteed.
What's that? Your wife (or you) is (or are) pregnant? Too bad! You gotta keep working or risk getting fired! That's what Americans view pregnant women as liabilities. Homeless? Tough luck. No one can help you in the US, you're just going to be laughed at and ridiculed. In fact, California and Hawaii have FAR more homeless people than the people who are well-off or are filthy rich and are also snobbish.
Injured? Don't expect your medical insurance to pay you. You gotta pay for it yourself. America, amirite? Healthy food? What healthy food? We have greasy fast food in the good ol' US of A! Who needs exercising anyway when you have unhealthy foods to eat?
Mass transportation? Sorry bud, America barely has any. Either by car or bust so good luck trying to get to work on time.
Honestly, me being an American makes me utterly ashamed and I'm glad that I live in Europe, mainly Slovakia. These people truly understand what I've been going through and with a residence and work visa, I'm already living The European Dream, even my employer gives me great vacation times for me to at least see my relatives in the states.
Mj on April 23, 2020:
Many of the things you mention prove that America is superior. Work ethics for example, being lazy doesn’t make your country great.
Chris on April 13, 2020:
Seems like most of these are a stretch.
jay on April 09, 2020:
Europeans love to talk bad about Americans and they just hate it that the U.S has a stronger economy than Europe.
1. In Europe, your boss gives you vacation days instead of paying your money.
2. In socialist Europe you will be taxed to death, and you will never be rich there because of that.
3. Europe is the continent with the highest suicide and depression rate in. Yet, they pretend to be the happiest continent.
4. A black man like Barack Obama will ever be president, prime minister or even be involved in the government at the first place in any European country because they are way more racist than Americans.
5. Unemployment rate in European countries are very high but they are pretending their system is working.
6. Most E.U countries are surviving from the back and efforts of Germans, the Dutch and a few strong E.U countries and that is the biggest inequality in Europe.
South and eastern Europe just live of E.U funds but love to point out at U.S flaws. Europe is no paradise like Europeans trying to portray it. It has lots of poverty and misery as well.
frantisek78 (author) on April 02, 2020:
Hi Tlc, as I mentioned to Zuzana Bublinec, I am fully aware of difference between European countries themselves, but there are certain general observations that can be made when comparing European lifestyle to that of America, especially in such a short article.
frantisek78 (author) on April 02, 2020:
Dear Rithambara, please explain why you find the arguments "nonsense"?
frantisek78 (author) on April 01, 2020:
Hello Zuzana Bublinec. I am aware of this, but it is still possible to make certain generalizations between the lifestyles of people on the two continents. Obviously, if this were a book, I'd be able to get into detail, but in such a short article, this is not possible. Thanks for your feedback.
gabi on March 28, 2020:
Wow. I don’t know if I’m necessarily shocked. I’m a senior in high school just checking websites that will reassure me that moving to Europe is the place for me and this is what I find. American adults, I’m assuming mostly men since they tend to be the most sensitive, behaving like children. No country is perfect, including the US. I mean, you defend this country like some pawn in a chess game. Here you are insulting this author about his/her opinions on a subject instead of doing something productive. Just as I’m sure the comment I’m leaving at this very moment won’t have much impact, neither will yours. You are only representing the hatred, contempt, and division of this world. It doesn’t mean the country you insult is way across the Atlantic Ocean that you can say whatever you want. Where is that human compassion and kindness?
Zuzana Bublinec on March 12, 2020:
You should not compare Europe to anything because Europe is not one country. There are many extreme differences between Europeans countries. Also, why dont you talk about the more important facts than dressing up to go to the mall???? What about health care, poverty, unemployment, economics and many more much important differences?
Ritambhara Trivedi on March 04, 2020:
All these arguments are absolutely nonense to me. I'd prefer living in US anyday
JOSH on February 15, 2020:
As a wanderer between both continents I have to say that Europe is real, the US is fake and mostly does not get what is happening in this world politically. This is the reason why the world is suffering under a US dominion. The US claims to be a defender of freedom, of democracy and sees its own economic system as superior over all others. Take note Americans: your electoral system is the worst, it can hardly be called democratic, your idea of freedom is quite narrow as in comparison to Europe, your economic system is unjust I was regularly shocked to see the stark contrast in the US between rich and poor, beggars on all subway stations, hour rotten infrastructure, your level of education, your religious patriotism or is it patriotic religiousness... can't tell - but it is sick. Yes Europe has a neighbour called Russia ... far away from a defender of freedom and being a peace seeking nation... however at leasts its politics is more predictable then your current president... anyhow its a sad realisation as I have many friends in the US ...
Calvin on February 11, 2020:
I'm American, but my lifestyle matches with European.
Tlc on February 10, 2020:
One single European: writes an article saying Europe (an entire continent) is better than one country because they get smaller portion sizes.
American comments: "no."
ONE European comment (yankers): aMeRiCAnS aRe So DefEnSivE aNd EaGeR tO TeLl YoU HoW gReAT AmErIcA iS.. sO SaD.
To the author- did you forget how "obsessed" Brits are with the royal family?? That falls under pop-culture to me... and paying the same or even more money for a smaller portion of food? That's a comparative rip-off. More dedicated sports fans? Youve clearly never been to a Super Bowl party.. also, I'm not sure if rioting in the street and throwing rocks at cars because Manchester United is not advancing a round is neccesarily 'more dedicated', I think that's a mental illness.
Also, I really have an issue with you comparing JUST the U.S to ALL of Europe. Exactly how similar is Slovenia to Denmark? Probably as Similar as Mexico is with Canada. There's an inherent problem with comparing a country to a continent. The U.S. compared to JUST Greece or Norway would have made for a much less 'BS' article.
Yankers on January 24, 2020:
Ha ha these comments are exactly what make Europeans laugh about Americans - you’re so uptight and defensive and eager to let everybody know how amazing America is and why it’s the best country in the world.
Europeans, meanwhile, genuinely are not bothered.
Ha ha saddo’s
Billy on January 16, 2020:
Vladimir Putin once claimed that the United States is a “parasite“ on the global economy. As usual, he was wron! It is the other way around Dash the tariffs that are charged on American finished goods are staggering and we bleed almost $1 trillion a year in deficit’s. Not only do the Europeans charge us ridiculous tariffs, the embargo or do not except many of our finished goods. Parasites! The United States pays a disproportionate amount to the defense of Western Europe. Not only do we pay, by far, the highest percentage of direct financial assistance to NATO, we provide most of the indirect investment in the form of men and equipment. Since we charge them next to nothing on tariffs and accept The majority of their exports, the United States is Europe’s cash cow. But still, after living in Europe and considering the fact that they are “dependence“ of the United States, I still believe we live better here in the US. If we make them pay their fair share of their defense contributions and charge them level tariffs and accept the same percentage of goods that they except from us, Europe would be a Third World region.
75% of all advancements in technology and science come from the United States. European innovation is a joke – and that includes Germany and Switzerland.
And sports? They favor soccer we favor American football. I tried to like soccer one time, but I refused to surrender three hours of my life watching delicate little panty waist with a little 12-year-old boy torsos play to a one to one tie score.
Harry on January 09, 2020:
Most of this applies to Europe outside of Britain. Britain tends to be an anomaly when it comes to European culture. We equally overwork ourselves and it’s derived from stuffy Victorian and war-like ideas about keeping calm and carrying on.
Anonymous on December 17, 2019:
1. Europeans Work Fewer Hours.
Doesn't mean it is a positive point in my view, I live and work in madrid and I find the work environment dreadful at best and given the salary, I'd rather work in the US
2. Europeans Get (and Actually Use) More Vacation Time.
Superficial at best, just because you get more vacation time doesn't mean its equates to a better life balance, where I work most of the work is outsourced to Asia
3. Americans Take Shorter Lunches and Often Eat at Their Desks.
I too take shorter lunches, I find this "siesta" rather annoying and utterly moronic, just because it gets "too hot" in the summer doesn't mean you need a three hour lunch break. Heck I work on my side projects during the "siesta" hour because the pay I get for the work I have to do is an utter joke
4. Americans Are More Obsessed With Pop Culture and TV.
And so are Europeans, I don't know why these travel bloggers/authors love to denigrate themselves and romanticize about europeans, europeans are superficial, arrogant and hypocrites, more so than Americans, I'm speaking from first hand experience
7. The Portions Are Smaller in Europe.
And equally bland
5. Europeans Spend Less Time Driving.
Its less about an efficient transport than more of a lack of space issue. Most european roads are narrow, twisty and barely enough space to park, people use public transportation not because they want to but because they have to as either they don't have the financial means to own a car or there's literally nowhere to park it
6. In America, Sports Games Are Family Affairs (and Fan Bases Are Less Loyal).
Are you willingly this ignorant or are you genuinely incompetent?. Go to England, go to Spain, Italy, netherlands, sweden. People get riled up about sports, more so than the US, in these countries, whether its soccer or hockey
8. In the US, People Have an All-or-Nothing Approach to Exercise.
And that is a bad thing how exactly?
9. Dressing Up for Daily Activities Is Common in Europe.
That's because Europeans are superficial people, less so in Scandinavia but in most other places they're pompously superficial at best
10. In the US, Towns and Cities Often Blend Into One Another.
Again, how does this make europe better than the US
Also why is the author comparing a country to a whole continent?
Jerry Livingstone on December 08, 2019:
U.S.A still has the best economy and it's dollar is the most stable! That's the biggest envy of Europeans.
Europeans enslaved a lot of people to make their countries rich in the past and today they have the nerve to point fingers?
Zoh on December 04, 2019:
I do agree with most of what the author have to say...dont get me wrong USA is lovely for holidays...yes its a massive country with a lot to offer...but at the same time its not ideal if you are working for someone..its good when it comes to business as you can abuse your employees and there are no law of protect them, healthcare is shit by shit standards in the US, food may taste good but we all know its a nation of obese people...sure you can get 4 weeks of holidays after working 20 years for the same employer, education depends where you live in the US...its deeply racist.....As a brown person born n raised in the UK, its never a question " no where you really from" as if all white Americans were the first one on this continent...Americans lives in fear that every other country is out there to harm them..and for decades their government have relied on some sort of a boogie man to keep general public in check and it will continue like this....
AmericanGirl on November 19, 2019:
You sound like just another stuck-up European. Americans are POSITIVE. Try that for your breakfast. And your lunch! Oh and for your health too.
Mugnam on November 17, 2019:
I think for the sake of lifestyle europe is just ahead,
tyler on November 14, 2019:
we are jus better thaan europe its a 718 thing tho
The man on November 08, 2019:
Plus, one thing the world has in common is making blunt generalizations about groups of people. Human nature is similar everywhere. Of course, Americans are tought not to stare, which would be nice if other countries picked that up too. Shits annoying here in Paris, but either way.
The man on November 08, 2019:
Agreed. We can both learn from each other.
Robby Bobby on October 31, 2019:
I am French and will never live elsewhere than France because of the food and wine way of life and also because I don't believe in emigration: at one point you always end up missing your homecountry and end up...living in airports. That said, I love Americans with passion! Because of their kindness, generosity, sense of humour, efficiency and especially because they have rock'n roll/blues/country music in their blood! When I'm in the US on vacation, I don't need to stand as much techno and shitty music and I just love dive bars with juke boxes where I can share some hard knockin' southern rock or Luke Combs with good people! Also American women are soooo beautiful and cool. I have the feeling that Americans like me more than my own people so everytime I meet Americans here in France, I always buy them a welcome to France shot. I hope you will be more and more to come and live in France. You are welcome. God bless America, rock on and united we stand. With all my French wishes♥.
Gr on October 27, 2019:
Europe is much better than USA. People have died in front of my eyes for not having a decent health insurance. The price is going up and The services going down in America.
Oscar on August 13, 2019:
This is a massive generalisation in Europe there are 27 countries all with seperate systems and their own cultures. I just don't see how you can compare the US, to 27 seperate countries which are all distinctly different.
Superpower USA on August 12, 2019:
If you want to be mediocre and be taxed to death, live in Europe. Nothing is free, nothing is free! Now, if you want to innovate, get rich, start your own business, have properties, a big house, nice cars and RETIRE EARLY, go to USA and kick ass, your talent and skills will be appreciated and well-compensated in USA. Europe is for mediocrity and socialist policies, they shove down throats liberal policies, they give people vacation time (instead of money) to keep them in line. I get a total of 4 weeks of vacation and all 12 holidays with pay in USA, depends on company you work for. My family and I are happy and well-compensated in USA and can but anything we want. I am 50 and could retire now but will work until 57. I know people retiring in their 40s because they worked hard and kicked ass, try that in socialist Europe. USA is a superpower because or Americans hard work, innovation and can-do attitude.
Yash Kalia on June 04, 2019:
What an amazing article. Though I do agree that you should validate all information with references, links, photographs or something. Content was great but felt it was lacking in the visual department.
Shane on May 28, 2019:
This article forgets a massive fact, Europe and the USA are huge and very complex! I agree with some points but judging the USA vs Europe cannot be simplified down to 10 differences. Both the USA and Europe are very large and contain many diverse cultures. For example, Alaska and Flordia are very different in geography, size, city sizes, climate, and location. Also, law differences, such as the average work hours, are different for each state in the USA. The lack of evidence for each claim in this article should also be noted. Instead of battling each other in the comments about whether the USA or Europe is better, we should be appreciating other peoples input and giving our own.
jack on May 14, 2019:
The largest problem with the negative attitudes and offended words below is that the general narcissism, worldwide, has increased dramatically. Couple that with the ever expanding tribalism and...seriously scary. If you focus on only yourself, you are truly the center of YOUR world, but if you let even one more person (or several billions) the center shifts. If you shit on anything Ah-mery-can prepare for backlash that is totally disproportionate. It is as if stating the dramatic differences between the poverty stricken and the uber-rich was tantamount to a direct personal slight. Most Americans truly believe that the USA is the greatest place to live in the world and that IT, and by extension, they are the center of the world. The truth is that many places have a lot of positive and negatives that are more often argued about rather than learned from. THAT is the failure of many people.
Be open minded and learn from differences. Embrace them and life can be so much more fun.
One thing that many Europeans do not realize about the US is that, in most situations, there is a total lack of community. I'm meaning REAL community. People say hi and smile regardless and more often but there is a depressing amount of isolation that most people in the states are faced with.
I am American and I always will be. I grew up somewhere where houses cost less than Romania (which is an absolutely wonderful country) and with nearly as much violence as el salvador and now live somewhere more expensive than Zurich. I might not have been able to make that jump in other places - it's very true. But maybe in Europe I wouldn't have had to. Maybe I could have done well and been able stay closer to family and friends.
No one has the whole right answer so be realistic and don't lie to yourself. It's better in the long run.
Kevin on April 28, 2019:
lol at all the butthurt Americans. Truth hurts doesn't it? I'm an American too but at least I can admit that life in Europe is better than living in America. Glad I moved out long ago. Americans are slaves to their country, literally and figuratively. Pathetic.
frantisek78 (author) on February 22, 2019:
Thanks for your input. I have based my observations on living in both Europe and various parts of the US for years. This is my opinion, and many people also agree with me. I didn't mean to hurt anyone's feelings. I still cannot believe that NFL games are more intense than high-level European soccer matches though, sorry. Have you ever been to Europe btw?
Ethan Hou on February 22, 2019:
I have a singular question: have you ever been to the US?. I understand a few of these points, but all of them are extremely exaggerated, and probably written by a 3rd grader who did no research. Jesus. In the US, sports are arguably more intense, and are DEFINITIVELY NOT FAMILY OUTINGS. You clearly have never been to an NFL game. Personally, I play soccer and watch LaLiga and PL, and I can tell you NFL is much more intense.You make US citizens sound like machines who have no life, but you can't have an opinion if you haven't seen both sides of the story.
Mat on February 08, 2019:
As a European I lived and worked in the US for four years. As others already stated, the mentioned differences are generalizations, though there is some truth to them. Healthcare, infrastructure, working conditions, food quality and public services are generally better in Europe (with some exceptions here and there). BUT... on the other hand, I experienced a friendliness and positivity from Americans from all walks of life, you hardly find in Europe. So in the end I think we can all learn something from eachother, and we surely should.
jk on February 04, 2019:
it is sad
beinglogical on February 02, 2019:
Some of the points mentioned could be true.. But I disagree also in a lot of points. I have worked in USA almost 4 years, and currently working in France. I feel the US atmosphere and bosses were more welcoming, more boosting and open minded than here in France. I understand the job stability could be a factor, that once there is a CDI in France, the job mostly becomes for your life and no one can fire you. However in USA, I never ever even faced a situation where I could have been fired. The team were more welcoming, more optimistic in approach and the best part your effort to your work were far more appreciated than here in France, where people are not very supportive of what you want to do, and more rigid to their ideas. Secondly optimistic attitude not taken much into consideration in France. In US it happened quite a few times, where I took up a project, and worked my ass off, and gave a lot of effort, but maybe at the end it was not as successful as I thought, I still got awards and appreciation on whatever I gave effort, and my teammates helped the part which they feel I needed too... that I felt very positive about it. In France its truly not the case, all the cared was the result, if the result comes its good, or else there is no use, no one really values the effort you put in, and I have noticed a lot of times. For me its my opinion, USA is a much better place to work than France. I am telling just France, I haven't worked in other EU countries so can't tell.
Olddantrucker on November 28, 2018:
To American Women go for it! You hit the nail in the head. Stand up for the USA and show them you won't cower. Keep going strong!
Olddantrucker on November 28, 2018:
We may not travel internationally but we are a larger geographical space. For example the state of Ohio you can go between northern accent culture and southern in the same state! Starting from Columbus and Cincinnati you are more in line with Kentucky/TN where somewhere just north like around Dayton OH you are in the northern culture.
In Cincinnati you get the Kentucky vibe with more BBQ's and the weather is remarkably different then just 50 miles north.
Kyle on November 28, 2018:
The NHS is actually a financial failure so only works if you are illnesses are minor. It's just covered up because it's accepted by most people who don't remember the old way of doing things. When you actually NEED something seriously done other then some sniffles or a severe cold you WILL be put on a long waiting list and they will likely then not say "See ya next year!".
Until the US shot their healthcare with Obama crap a lot of middle classed Europeans would just come here to get faster service even if it meant paying out of their own pocket so they can get reliable service. On talk radio you would often hear about it where main news did not mention it as it goes against the agenda to do so they would lose their jobs.
The real cost of health care largely falls on the monopoly and duopoly of insurance agencies that skyrocket the bills and over regulations aka nanny state. Making it "free" just puts the price on the taxpayers and makes it hidden from public but it no way lowers the cost.
American woman on November 19, 2018:
Oh my goodness, where do I start. I lived in Europe for 5 years. I loved it, it was great, but I can’t do Socialism, sorry. It’s funny they seem to be under the impression because we don’t have “free” healthcare that our healthcare is bad. America may not have the best as far as healthcare coverage, but we do have some of the best hospitals with the most modern technology in the world. Not saying we are the only ones, but our healthcare is not the worst or even as bad as Europeans might think. You don’t get free anything, by the way. Your government is not a money making entity. You are paying for your school. You are paying for your healthcare and you ARE getting what you pay for. Um! I must have missed in the 5 years I lived there where people “dressed up” just to go to the grocery store. Yes, we have those that will do their Walmart shopping in their PJs and those mothers that have 6 kids and only 1 is old enough to go to school dropping that child off at school in her PJs, but it is not an American customary thing to do as the author of this article makes it seem. Hell, when I was in Germany, a lot of them were still wearing 80s fashion listening to 80s music in the 200os. No big deal. As far as traveling, Americans can travel inside our own boarders, well because we are big enough to do so. We have a lot of places to go and a lot of things to see. Just because you have been to one city inside one state, that doesn’t mean you have all Americans figured out. That is a big misconception. We are under one President, but a lot of states have their own laws. We have Ferderal laws and then state laws. So don’t lump all Americans under your 1 or 2 state experience. Thank you!
Anonymous on November 09, 2018:
USA is a nightmare country In every possible way. The very few positives, I can even think of are very superficial and meaningless. If I am to type all the negatives, I would be typing all day.
Eric on November 06, 2018:
“...the economy is still in the worst shape since the Great Depression.”
What are you talking about? The US is in the longest bull market run since WWII.
Peter on November 04, 2018:
I live in Denmark, but I have relatives in US, whom I visited a few times. So generally from what I've seen so far, most of the discussed is true, although off course it is generalisation. My relatives are quite well off, so I don't really know the hardships of the ordinary people. But all in all, Americans are much more welcoming, although this could be just to be polite, while in for example Southern Europe, people are just generally warmhearted.
But life is easy in the EU and especially Denmark - school's free, you get support from the state, I was never suffering from poverty, even when I lost my job. Even if you have a shitty job as a cleaner or a dishwasher, you can still live a nice life, which might be quite the opposite in the US. On the other hand, if you're very talented, you'll end up earning much less because of taxation and so on. But do you need three houses and a yacht to live a decent and happy life? I don't think so. Money is not everything and that's why I'm happy to be from the EU, where life is just more chill and easy-going and not so materialistic. Europe has many downsides too, the article is biased against the US, but it doesn't mean that above mentioned statements are not true.
alocingiammanco on October 21, 2018:
I live in Italy and I can ensure you that European Union is like a liberal dictatorship where the middle class is submerged by a lot of taxes that costantly kill our economy and make progress and self-affermation almost impossible and we are suffering an economic crisis because of that, yes, our food, heritage, traditions, history are beautiful but the eurocentristic view is killing our countries, I wish our economic system was more similar to yours
Mikka on October 18, 2018:
Umm, how can you sum up a counties people by a few views? It’s like saying that all Europeans are Serial Killers because Ian Brady is one.
Carmen sens on October 18, 2018:
European Healt System is much much better that USA because for a simple surgery many people are in bankruptcy while in European contries are two o three cheeper or even free.
International on October 01, 2018:
This article is extremely bias! This author clearly hates America. I was hoping to read an informative article that offered pros and cons, not a hate letter to America. Very juvenile and poorly written.
Dee on September 11, 2018:
Im not dressing up everyday to please my fellow americans.. Your talking about ego, well that's vanity. Ive lived and traveled in different cities and see all types of people walking around. This articles biased. Regardless of how right it is it could be worded differently.
Heather on August 14, 2018:
While this is true, in general, I think there are areas where this isn't really the case. For instance, I live in a beach town just North of San Diego. Most people here are in phenomenal shape, walk a lot, eat healthy food, and spend lunch breaks outdoors walking, surfing, or just relaxing at the park. Everybody I know has a passport and travels as much as they can, and I'd say quality of life and work/life balance is pretty good for most people around here. None of us dress up though. Ever. Getting people to dress up in San Diego is next to impossible.
I guess what I'm saying is that it's possible to do those things anywhere, even in the United States. I have an aunt in Tennessee who walks her neighborhood all the time, cooks beautiful fresh, organic meals at home, and spends leisure time kayaking on a nearby lake or having BBQ's with friends.
Europe does a lot of things right and as a culture, we can learn from them, but it IS possible to have just as beautiful life on this side of the pond if you make the effort.
Jules on August 07, 2018:
This is so true I'm actually sad for all of the "offended Americans" who can't realize they're not the center of the world. Just read the comments below!
First of all, most of the wars have been taken place in Europe so, in a bad way, we've learned. That's why our countries don't invest such big amounts of public money in defense (by means, the Army) and there's a very rigorous gun regulation. So, in Europe, taxes are sent to actual needs such as education or a well-working healthcare system. Poverty is not that big of a problem such as in the US. That's why we get to live our "relaxed" lives.
Another thing we have to take into account is the apparent "laziness" we Europeans transmit while working. Having one entire month of vacation is a NORMAL thing, it's actually a right. We don't work for our "homeland", to serve the country, we work for ourselves so we can be proud of our labor and get paid for it.
Our countries have history and we've learned from it, and we are still, but the US just stays on that huge ego with no background. America is full of ignorants, I'm sorry.
Also, I would like to say that we Europeans are not boring, it depends on the country you go to. The southern zone, such as Portugal, Spain, Italy or Greece is full of warm and fun people, good parties, even better than those wannabe festivals such as Coachella. Dudes, we know how to have fun!
And I'm saying this being Spanish (I'm sure most of Americans think Spain is in South America) and having lived in America for years. Anyhow though, I believe America has also good things and many brilliant minds, it's just that they need so much improvement and less bragging about!!
Anon on July 22, 2018:
I live in America and this is so accurate. I'm a little sick of people who get so offended when you criticize the US. The US ain't such a great place. It used to be. Those amazing inventions one person was commenting about happened around a century ago. Ever since, America has only gone downhill. I mean just look at this country's president. It's appalling. The US has a huge ego but nothing to back it up. Sorry. It's the truth. I live in this country so this isn't coming from someone who's "never been here".
Sam on June 09, 2018:
This is fucking bullshit. I’ve been traveling Europe for almost 3 months. The only trying that differentiates is sports. The rest is stupid
Andy on May 23, 2018:
Now make an article "top 20 basic things USA does better than Europe."
Stacy on May 15, 2018:
This list is incredibly bias. Americans have bad habits, just as any country in the world, but don't generalize an entire population of a few hundred million people. "Having breakfast in cars is also not a very healthy thing. People don't pay attention to the road as much when they are focused on chewing and drinking whatever sugar laden "breakfast" they are having." Really? You can't open up a discussion when you make such a point as that.
Dillon on April 25, 2018:
These are the reasons Europe sucks lol. I live in Prague. They are lazy as hell, it's the truth. Everything is a disappointment here and Europeans secretly worship American culture. They are all Netflix addicts. The clothing thing is insecurity and vanity. Truth hurts, bite me.
Anonymus on April 05, 2018:
So true! but if an American reads this he/she might get upset even if it is true, people get emotional. I agree with everything you said!
ABU DARDA MD MAAZ on April 03, 2018:
I’m an Asian and I believe my judgments are neutral. The basic difference between USA and Europe are People and System. The Americans are more approachable and accommodating then the European. The systems are easy to accomplish/abide by in USA and that makes the difference.
James on March 28, 2018:
I"\'m moving there who is with me.
John on March 06, 2018:
This articles written with a full biased. For example, the way writer describe the things towards American are negative description. Some are true but most are all hypocrite and totally biased. I doubt writer has never seen or been to America.
Kenna on February 28, 2018:
My family is European and I agree 100%! America, not to be rude or anything dose't have the history the many European countries do. This is a fact! Europeans generally are more cultured because they are sounded by other countries. I have lived here for 8 years and I have to say that there are some good aspects but Europe is so much better. I would rather live there.
Pauli on November 11, 2017:
I'm an American. Americans have to pay a lot for education where as Europeans don't. Thus, as students, we are poor and can't afford nice clothes. We also like to dress comfortably although I really don't like to see women in sweat clothes. We generally have to work our way out of poverty. We don't drink beer during work hours which is generally a reason for termination of employment. Sports in US are generally not family oriented except maybe baseball. Pro sports have gotten so expensive that only the corporations generally have the tickets or people do ticket shares. Not many people can afford to take their family to a sporting event. The US is enormously larger than Europe. A car is a must, although recent generations are getting away from that. Earlier generations required a car for dating and attracting a mate. Social event included cars. Young people used to take pride in how well they fixed up an old car. Most sports in the US involve your arms a lot as opposed to football. American see Europeans as mostly awkward and non-athletic, except for their ability to run. The diving on the football fields(soccer) in Europe is seen to be cowardly by Americans. That would cause fist fights in the US and there would be a lot of name calling. Soccer(football) is mostly a woman's game and a Latino game in US. Tennis is mostly a woman's game. There are various reasons for sitting at lunch at your desk. I've never heard anyone think there is something wrong with eating lunch in the open. We have a lot of interests and typically catch up on non-work things at lunch. Calling doctors. Doing bills. Planning things. Reading the news. Picking up things we need or want. Some work through lunch as we normally work 8-9 hours a day. If we work through lunch, we go home earlier. Dining out is very expensive and is avoided during the workweek. Europe is densely populated. I live in a state where it's 2 hours to the beach and 2 hours to the mountains. To drive to California or take a bus would be mad. It takes me 8 hours to get there by jet. It would take close to a week to drive there. I think we have more fun and Europeans seem grump to us. We smile more. Europeans can say they are happier, but they don't appear it. It's easy to make an American smile. Our social skills, for the most part, are friendlier. Eating... hmm... that varies from person to person. Most people eat fairly well and exercise. But in poorer areas, that may or may not be true. Most of eat some junk food, but don't eat a lot. There are fewer very overweight people any more. Very few people smoke anymore except weed. I'm not sure they even smoke that either. There are areas in the US that are way more dangerous than Europe because of poverty... not because of guns. I think we discuss movies more than tv shows. More and more Americans don't even watch network tv. There's plenty of things to entertain us on the Internet and there is a large variety, so many people don't even know of the shows that others are watching. We generally don't eat when we drive, but it does happen. Normally we stop and eat and then resume driving. Some stop and get fast food. When you are driving to work every day, time is everything, so stopping to get food, takes up time. Church is probably less than thought and certainly less in the north. The south is called the bible belt and there's at least one church on every street that isn't in a residential area (neighborhood). The country is rapidly changing and the culture is changing though. So by the time any of you read this, it could all be different. I've never been to Europe but we get a lot of Europeans here. I hope to visit some day, but I haven't even come close to seeing my own country at 50+ years.
Derek on October 12, 2017:
This is 100% accurate, and I'm not even American I'm Canadian. Which is basically the same thing, but America is much worse. I noticed from working with people from places like Afghanistan, Turkey, Jordan, and other places, that people from these places have much richer conversation. Number 5 on this list is what I'm sick of in this country, I hate working with Canadians.
Anu on October 06, 2017:
This looks like someone who never visisted US wrote this crap!
LOL on August 15, 2017:
This article is biased against America
Kyle on July 25, 2017:
Interesting article. While a lot of points are valid, some are silly and a little off.
Americans do work more, but where did the plane, the car (mass produced), the computer, the internet, the mobile phone, etc., etc. come from? I also don't mind the work, super rewarding.
The US is much larger and having public transportation is 90% or more of the cities is impractical.
Are you saying drunk men at a "Football" game is better than a family atmosphere at an MLB game? Hmm.
The TV thing in America is pathetic as are the food portions, the clothes (especially women) people wear.
Oh, yeah, and traffic is silly, but only in the big cities. I'm 34 and I've never had more than a 15-minute commute.
Interesting but not entirely accurate.
LJS on July 23, 2017:
The points you made may be somewhat accurate, but not without giving off a slightly pretentious vibe. To state that all Americans are stressed and hate their lives, enslaved by their jobs is simply false. Many Americans enjoy their lives and are well adjusted to the quirks of daily American life, the stressful things and the relaxing things. Just as Europeans are used to a seemingly more “relaxed” lifestyle, some Americans could not bear to live in the somewhat boring daily life that they have come to know as European lifestyle. You mentioned that Americans typically discuss television because it is a thing that everybody can engage in. I have never discussed television when I worked in America before. You portray Americans as dull witted and stupid, unable to comprehend and discuss things like their own lives and world issues. While it may be discouraged to share political opinions in most European nations, this is an American difference, and with such a wide array of cultural backgrounds, American debate is, and has been from past experience, much more interesting and heartfelt than that of a European debate, because European’s views differ on a smaller scale, the tidbits of the whole idea, while American ideas and political beliefs stem from religious and cultural POVs and they debate whole issues. I also would like to note the falsity of the highly stereotyped idea that Americans are fat and lazy. Yes their food portions tend to be bigger, but to simply suggest that Americans do not monitor what goes into their bodies and do not limit themselves is false. Americans have just as much temperance as Europeans, and the recent surge in push for healthy food options is a strong American market. This stereotype is, and has been for a long time, falsified and stems from America’s consumption of goods, a habit that stems from marketing and sales and capitalism of the early 1900’s. Yet another falsity is the idea that Americans are not bound to their sports teams. Teams that are city bound rarely move, and yes, if they are not making money, they may move, but if they are not making money, that means that there are fewer fans, and thus less people care about them. Moving them to a different city may result in spark of support for these teams. Another issue that you pointed out was that American families attend games as a family. Why this is an issue to you is a question to myself. This attendance of sports allows a bond of kids to a team, and can result in a close deep bond with a sports team, associated with memories of family. Americans tend to love the team that their parents love, and this is a good reason why. As a born and raised American who has now lived in Europe for a while, I’m surprised that this article has had no corrections/edits. Europe is a great place to live if you want a change from the American lifestyle, but the culture in Europe cannot be compared to America in that it is up to each individual person to decide whether they wish to live in America or Europe. I am living in Switzerland because of a job, and I am coming back to America (specifically Milwaukee, Wisconsin) while I’m on holiday. I have already arranged for a my relocation to Madison, Wisconsin next year. I was disappointed to see this article seem so stuck up, and it is clearly written by somebody who does not know America as an American, rather by a person who sees America through the steriotypes that dominate the European view of America.
Abid Krak on June 19, 2017:
In Europe if you make $15.00/hour You get $15.00 /hour after taxes in your pocket. In US if you make $15.00 You get $10.00 after taxes in your pocket.
Lena Durante from San Francisco Bay Area on May 09, 2017:
How true these are! Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, we are lucky enough to have above-average public transportation, at least.
Tony Garrett on March 04, 2017:
This was a great artical. I really think so because i really wont to move to england when i turn 18 or 19 mabey 20 in the next few years. this is because i really hate mississippi weather and i like the economy in europe better.
Walter on November 30, 2016:
The food looks good
Dan on October 12, 2016:
I have to agree with many points posted here. I myself was born and grew up in Europe (Poland) and moved to the US at the age of 26. Lived in the States for about 8 years and moved back to Europe. Why?
Both places are great but I value more personal time and traveling versus money and material things. I earned good money in the US but could never enjoy life (with only 10 or 15 vcation days anually) and when I lost my job I was left with no healthcare. (since it was employer based and without income I could not afford insurance myself).
I think I could have stayed in the US, but their healthcare system and no control on corporations and social policies (vacation, maternity leave) suck big time.
Nayrb on September 10, 2016:
No real sports rivalries in the US?? Go to a Steelers/ Ravens football game and see how contrived the emotion feels. Don't venture into topics you know nothing of....,,
yupagain on August 06, 2015:
Yes again very true, in america they even have those deals at some restaurants that if you eat the whole 10 pound steak you don't pay for it, (but you will have to pay for the clogged arteries). They all drive and have mega highways but those are not same highways as in europe where you can drive without touching steering wheel at 200km/h because corners are specially profiled like on the race tracks, and of course there are barriers and underpasses unlike in america where a deer or anything else can wander right in front of your car but then you're only driving 55 so I guess it doesn't matter...
Frenchy on July 14, 2015:
Great list. although I am not sure I agree with the "better dress" comment. I use to think that too before I left Canada for France.
NO WAY was I going to go out anywhere in Europe without looking perfect - like all those amazing European women.... yeah well..... big slap in the face that was. I'm probably the only person walking down Les champs elysee all dolled up - most people are in sweat pants, and I dont think they are tourists, you can usually spot them out. Makes me sad, i'm all nostalgic for the France I see on TV in those old movies.
In the South of France (Ive lived all over France), I was amazed at how badly dressed and overweight many were (ok now I sound like a snob). One reason is despite what we north americans think, many French people struggle economically and cant afford Chanel, LV, YSL etc. Hence the simple-less than amazing haute couture we associate with their culture. There is also a lack of space to store all your clothing, hence they dont own as much as we do. Nonetheless, I love Europe and dont want to leave
frantisek78 (author) on January 22, 2014:
Hi Pippa, thanks for your thoughts and taking the time to comment.
Pippa on January 21, 2014:
Hi there! This was a really entertaining read and I really enjoyed it. I was a little bit overwhelmed by the obvious criticism of USA but then I scrolled through the comments and saw the 'socialist bastard'-one I reevaluated my first thought. I do need to say, though, that I'd honestly prefer the 'happy family' approach to sports they have in America as opposed to the European one. As it was said, our teams has a very intense fan base and mixed with the factor of alcohol the games tend to end up quite violent. Just what I've seen from the raging completion and almost hatred, that can exist between fans of different teams, in my relatively small country I wouldn't dare to be within a ten kilometer radius of, for example, a Real Madrid-FC Barcelona game or a Manchester United-City one.
Sorry, just had to defend our neigbours to the West a little bit.
David Hunt from Cedar Rapids, Iowa on October 01, 2013:
I'd accuse you of having a European bias... except everything you write is true. We Americans are being squeezed and used up by companies and that's very difficult for some to accept as fact. The rugged, independent American (we don't need no steenkin' health care system) mythos is constantly echoed whenever anyone "whines" about long hours and decreasing benefits-- if you're lucky to have a job.
Matt on October 01, 2013:
I can't believe the Americans get such a small amount of time off every year. The 4 weeks holiday in Europe is a MINIMUM, most companies offer between 4 and 5 weeks off every year.
Yoleen Lucas from Big Island of Hawaii on May 27, 2013:
"Getting a driver license in Europe is harder than it is in the US."
And for good reason!
It's true that European cities are laid out in circles, while American ones are in square grids. That makes it easier to drive in America, plus it's easier to avoid getting lost.
You may want to check out my hubs, "My Adventures Touring Europe in 1982". While I got lost in nearly every major city I visited, I only tell the major incidents in Munich and Venice. I haven't written those chapters yet; I've only written three, but you may want to check those out and remain updated. There will be 23 chapters in all.
frantisek78 (author) on May 25, 2013:
I wouldn't say Americans are the best drivers in the world. It is a lot more difficult to drive in Europe, especially in centuries old city centers that were not built for car traffic. You don't really see drivers in Europe eating/drinking while driving. Even though Europeans might seem to be driving like maniacs, they usually are good drivers. Getting a driver license in Europe is harder than it is in the US.
Yoleen Lucas from Big Island of Hawaii on May 22, 2013:
I visited Europe in 1982, and was very impressed with it. The only thing that didn't impress me was the driving. They drive like maniacs! It's a good thing they have an excellent rail system!
I would not drive in Europe! Americans are the best drivers in the world!
BS on March 19, 2013:
This whole page is simply terrible and wrong. I know you will delete this comment but its worth having you read this. Eurpean socialist bastard, you clearly have no idea what the typical American life style is about. USA is clearly a better country than almost socialist France. And FYI the euro is a terrible currency and I hope hyperinflation happens turning your economy to shit. USA will take any country in an arms race, and France has proved itself to be pathetic one to many times. Don't fuck with America or we will kill you.
frantisek78 (author) on May 22, 2012:
@SkeetyD: thanks reading and for the comment. Glad you enjoyed it!
SkeetyD on May 22, 2012:
I enjoyed this article. Most these things have crossed my mind at some point in time
frantisek78 (author) on May 18, 2012:
Thanks donabhatt !
Tanuka Bhattacharjee from Cupertino on May 18, 2012:
frantisek78 (author) on May 17, 2012:
@UnnamedHarald: Well said. It's easier for people to blame others for "laziness" than to blame their own people for taking advantage of them, or themselves for putting up with it.
David Hunt from Cedar Rapids, Iowa on May 17, 2012:
You may get some flack on this article-- we Americans don't like finding out that we're over-worked drones so anytime Europeans work less, get more vacations, well, that is obviously European "softness" not American corporations taking advantage of the American work ethic-- which is actually an immigrant quality.
frantisek78 (author) on May 17, 2012:
@Suhail and my dog Thanks for reading and for commenting. Yes, Canada is a lot more like Europe than the US, both politically and socially. This is in large part due to Canada's having had much closer relations for a longer time with the UK and France than the US has had, which practiced isolationalism for much of the 19th century and for almost half of the 2oth century (with a short foray into WWI thrown in).