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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Demonym Canadian American
Currency Canadian Dollar ($) (CAD) United States Dollar ($) (USD)
Calling code +1 +1
Government Parliamentary democracy (federal constitutional monarchy) Federal presidential constitutional republic
Official languages Canadian English, Canadian French English (De Facto)
Internet TLD .ca .gov .us .gov .mil .edu
Time zone (UTC-3.5 to -8) (UTC−5 to −10)
Introduction (from Wikipedia) 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.
Capital Ottawa, Ontario Washington, D.C.
GDP (nominal) : Total $1.089 trillion (2006 estimate) 16.80 trillion
Largest city Toronto (2.615 M) New York City (23,500,000)
Drives on the Right Right
Monarch Queen Elizabeth II None
National Anthem God Save the Queen (Royal Anthem), O Canada (National Anthem) Star-Spangled Banner
Legislature 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)
Regional Divisions 10 Provinces and 3 Territories 56 political divisions (50 States, 1 Federal District, and 5 major overseas territories)
Date formats DD/MM/YY MM/DD/YYYY
Literacy rate 99% 99%
Life expectancy 82 82
Official Name Canada The United States of America (USA)
Written Language Canadian English English
Official language(s) English, French None at federal level
Population 35,141,542 (36th) 2013 estimate 321 million (3rd)
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)
Lowest point Great Slave Lake, NWT (-458m) Badwater Basin (−85.5 m)

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.

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.

Sports

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.

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