Canada vs United States

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Canada and United States are two of the largest countries in the world. They are friendly neighbor states and share a large border. The worlds largest waterfall, Niagara Falls, is also on the border of the two countries.

While both countries are democracies, their style of government is different. French and English are the official languages in Canada while in the U.S., English is the official language. Many government services in the U.S. are also provided in Spanish because of its large Hispanic population.

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Currency Canadian dollar ($) (CAD) United States Dollar ($) (USD)
Time zone (UTC-3.5 to -8) (UTC−5 to −10)
Capital Ottawa 45°24′N, 75°40′W Washington, D.C.
Demonym Canadian American
Largest city Toronto New York City
Government Parliamentary democracy (federal constitutional monarchy) Federal presidential constitutional republic
Official languages English, French American English (De Facto)
Drives on the Right Right
National Anthem God save the Queen (Royal Anthem) O Canada Star-Spangled Banner
Internet TLD .ca .us .gov .mil .edu
Calling code +1 +1
National language English & French English (de facto)
Date formats DD/MM/YY MM/DD/YYYY
Monarch Queen Elizabeth II None. The USA was founded on repudiation of monarchy.
Area : Total 9,984,670 km² (2nd) 3,854,085 sq mi 9,826,675 km2 (3rd) 3,794,101 sq mi
Area : Water (%) 8.92 (891,163 km²) 6.76%
GDP (PPP) : Per capita $35,600 (10th) (2006 estimate) $49,100 (7th)
Regional Divisions 10 Provinces and 3 Territories 56 political divisions (50 States, 1 Federal District, and 5 major overseas territories)
Independence July 1st, 1867; From British Empire July 4, 1776; From British Empire
Description of Flag Red and White. Red Maple Leaf in the centre Red and white stripes, and 50 white stars on a blue background on the upper left corner.
GDP (PPP) : Per capita (2011) $41,200 $49,100 (7th)
Official language(s) English, French None at federal level
Largest city (in population) Toronto New York City
Written Language Canadian English American English (written in Western/Latin script)
Literacy rate 99% 99% of students over 15 can read and write proficiently.
Life expectancy 80.9 78.2 years
Official Name Canada The United States of America (USA)
Speaker of the House The Hon. Andrew Scheer, M.P. John Boehner (R)
Name of Flag The Maple Leaf Stars and Stripes
Legislature Parliament of Canada Congress
Population 35,141,542 (36th) 2013 estimate 317,460, 000 (3rd) (2013 estimate)
Tallest structure CN Tower (553 m) KVLY-TV mast (628.8 m)
Total length of land border 8,893 km 12, 034 kms

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edit American

Both Canada and USA are in the continent of North America. But the epithet "American" usually applies to people and products from the U.S. Likewise "America" usually refers to the US.

edit Portrayal of Canadians in the U.S.

American sitcoms usually poke fun at their neighbor (e.g. "Oh honey, Canadians don't matter" in That 70s Show) and often portray a stereotype of Canadians as polite people who are passionate about hockey.

edit Portrayal of Americans in Canada

Canadian television often portrays Americans as loud, opinionated people with a limited knowledge of things outside the U.S. Rick Mercer's Talking to Americans included Governor Mike Huckabee believing that Canada was building a dome over its "National Igloo" to protect it from global warming.

American film can also portray Americans this way. Canadian Bacon, an American film, had John Candy's character say "There is a time for thinking and a time for action and this, gentlemen, is no time to think," when debating whether to initiate an attack.

edit Sports

Football, baseball and basketball are the most popular sports in the U.S. while ice hockey is the most popular Canadian sport.

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January 21, 2014, 3:18pm

As a Chinese student, I prefer America

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April 10, 2014, 11:13pm


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March 26, 2014, 12:02am


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March 26, 2014, 12:01am

We are NOT Eskimos America, we are regular people just like you. Especially in the summer when it can get up to +40• CELSIUS!!!!! Oh and we are different cuz we have nice colourful money:) and no 1 or 2 dollar bills and like U's:) and we say zed (the proper way!) not zee.

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March 24, 2014, 4:39pm

Both countries are equal except for some differences but they should be at peace and respect each other

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February 28, 2014, 10:38pm

Correction: The US has no official language, nor official language of government.

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January 6, 2014, 3:01pm


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January 6, 2014, 8:03am


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October 21, 2013, 5:33am

Canadians have an inferiority complex in regards to the U.S. whereas Americans seldom think of Canada at all.

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March 24, 2013, 12:08am

Canada's better in most ways.

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