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.
Canada (IPA: /ˈkænədə/) is a country occupying most of northern North America, extending from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west and northward into the Arctic Ocean.
The United States of America, commonly referred to as the United States, America, and sometimes the States, is a federal republic consisting of 50 states and a federal district. The 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C.
GDP (nominal) : Total
$1.089 trillion (2006 estimate)
Toronto (2.615 M)
New York City (23,500,000)
Drives on the
Queen Elizabeth II
God Save the Queen (Royal Anthem), O Canada (National Anthem)
Parliament of Canada
Congress of the United States of America
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.
Speaker of the House
The Hon. Andrew Scheer, M.P.
John Boehner (R)
10 Provinces and 3 Territories
56 political divisions (50 States, 1 Federal District, and 5 major overseas territories)
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.
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.
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.
Football, baseball and basketball are the most popular sports in the U.S. while ice hockey is the most popular Canadian sport.
Video Explaining the Differences
Below is a comical look at the differences between Canadians and Americans.