Canada vs. United States

United States

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.
Calling code +1 +1
Internet TLD .ca .us .gov .mil .edu
Government Parliamentary democracy (federal constitutional monarchy) Federal presidential constitutional republic
Demonym Canadian American
Official languages English, French English (De Facto)
Largest city Toronto New York City (19,949,502)
Drives on the Right Right
National Anthem God save the Queen (Royal Anthem) O Canada Star-Spangled Banner
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)
Official Name Canada The United States of America (USA)
Literacy rate 99% 99%
Written Language Canadian English English
Life expectancy 80.9 82
National language English & French English (De Facto)
Date formats DD/MM/YY MM/DD/YYYY
Regional Divisions 10 Provinces and 3 Territories 56 political divisions (50 States, 1 Federal District, and 5 major overseas territories)
Language(s) English, French English (De Facto), Spanish
Official language(s) English, French None at federal level
Total length of land border 8,893 km 12, 034 kms
Nominal GDP Per Capita (2013) $50,343 $52,852
Tallest Building CN Tower (553 m) One World Trade Center (546.2 m)

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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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Anonymous comments (13)

May 14, 2014, 2:38am


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April 10, 2014, 11:13pm


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January 6, 2014, 3:01pm


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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 21, 2014, 3:18pm

As a Chinese student, I prefer America

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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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May 20, 2014, 8:22pm


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March 26, 2014, 12:02am


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March 24, 2013, 12:08am

Canada's better in most ways.

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