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Let’s take a look at some of those differences.
We all know that the grass is always greener on the other side, so people in West who live across the pond from each other often look across the Atlantic and think that life could be better if they moved. Heated discussions about this never cease and probably never will. Of course, in matters such as this, there is no winner, as it’s largely a matter of personal preference, upbringing and inclinations. But everyone agrees on one thing. While globally, Europeans and Americans share the same culture that is often referred to as ‘western’, life in Europe and in the US is pretty different. Let’s take a look at some of those differences.
Europeans tend to work fewers hours. Not just by choice, but also by the way the labor process is organized in Europe. This is especially true for southern Europe. It’s a common situation there, when you drive into a city on a weekday and find that most of the businesses are simple closed for a siesta. Even in touristy places, even in high season. Numerous studies also show that the number of workaholics is higher in the States, while people in Europe often do better where life-work balance is concerned.
Europeans get and use more vacation time. Actually, Europeans on average get twice as much, 28 paid days as opposed to 15 in the US, and those are the figures established by labor laws. But that’s not it. Europeans can actually split it in two two-week breaks or take a whole month off at a time, while taking more than a few days in a row is pretty unheard of in the US. So, Europeans get to enjoy a lot more free time for being with their families and loved ones and doing things they enjoy, like gardening or cooking an occasional gordon bleu or a homemade pizza.
Americans are more obsessed with pop culture and TV than Europeans. Gushing over the latest Netflix release at a water cooler is a very common occurrence at any workplace, while in Europe, don’t be surprised if none of your co-workers even has a Netflix subscription. Not just that, quite a few wouldn’t even have heard about Netflix.
Food portions tend to be smaller in Europe. This may or may not be connected with the obesity level, which is higher in the US. But an overall serving size in Europe is generally smaller. And this is not just about restaurants and cafes, homemade meals tend to be served in smaller portions in European households. So, a bowl of barilla pasta or a plate of a boom boom shrimp pasta served for one in the US can easily be shared between two people in Europe.
If you see a person in Europe dressed up to the nines, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are going to a dress-coded event. People in Europe tend to dress up more even for everyday occasions and activities. This is especially true about Central and Estern Europe where many women leave buy the principle of wearing makeup even if they simply get out of the house to take the garbage out.
Of course, this doesn’t even scratch the surface of a sea of cultural and other differences between people in the US and in Europe, but the important idea is understanding them and caring for the fact that all of use people are different and that diversity is a great, marvelous thing that makes this world a better place.