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Yet, Europeans travel much more than Americans, inside or outside their own continent.This might be because Europeans are used to go “abroad” since their childhood, European countries being so small, and do not feel the whole experience to be so exceptional.
Schools and universities are free in most European countries.
Americans have a fondness for (very) long limousines as well as pick-up trucks (in the country). European washing machines normally have only a cold water inlet (the water brought to adequate temperature inside the machine) as opposed to a hot and cold water inlet in the USA.
European washing machines are almost always loaded from the front, as opposed to the top in the USA.
Europeans see university as granted, while American families often have to save for years for their children to attend one.
What is more, universities in most countries around the world have entry exams, while only a few European countries do (like the UK).
Interestingly, Japan decided to follow the American system.
All Europeans use the metric system (metres, grammes, litres, Celsius, etc.).
I have even heard Americans think that 200 years was “ancient”. Europeans would tend to think that driving 100 km is quite a long way, while for Americans that would be rather near.
For a European “ancient” refers to something that is typically 2,000 to 5,000 years old (related to the Antiquity, antiques ! This is due to the much higher density of population in Europe, and the smaller size of Europe (believe it or not the EU is over twice smaller than the USA).
Europe itself has the greatest linguistic and cultural diversity of the Western world.
However, the common history, geography and socio-political evolution of the European continent, as well as the cultural divergences that have occured in former colonies, have resulted in the creation of a common basis for European culture that contrast (sometimes sharply) with the USA or the rest of the Western world.
Here is a summary of my observations on the differences between Europeans and Americans (USA).