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)
Calling code +1 +1
Demonym Canadian American
Official languages Canadian English, Canadian French English (de facto)
Government Parliamentary democracy (federal constitutional monarchy) Federal presidential constitutional republic
Internet TLD .ca .gov .us .gov .mil .edu
Capital Ottawa, Ontario Washington, D.C.
Drives on the Right Right
Independence July 1st, 1867; From British Empire from Great Britain (July 4, 1776)
National Anthem God Save the Queen (Royal Anthem), O Canada (National Anthem) Star-Spangled Banner
Government : Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, M.P None
National language English, French (Official) English (De Facto)
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.
GDP (PPP) : Per capita $35,600 (10th) (2006 estimate) $54,000
Monarch Queen Elizabeth II None
GDP (PPP) : Total $1.165 trillion (11th) (2006 estimate) $ 18.58 trillion (2nd)
Legislature Parliament of Canada Congress of the United States of America
Most used language English English
Government : President None Donald J. Trump (R)
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. Paul Ryan
Largest city Toronto (2.615 M) New York City (8.53 M)
Official language(s) English, French None at federal level
Official Name Canada The United States of America (USA)
National Animal Beaver Bald Eagle
Date formats DD/MM/YY MM/DD/YYYY
Army Canadian Army U.S. Department of the Army
GDP (nominal) : Total $1.089 trillion (10th) 18.58 trillion (1st)
Governor General David Johnston None
Navy Royal Canadian Navy U. S. Department of the Navy, U. S. Department of the Marine Corps, U. S. Department of the Coast Guard
Current Leader Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister) Donald J. Trump (president)
Flag Colors Red and white Red, blue and white
Air Force Royal Canadian Air Force U.S. Department of the Air Force
Written Language Canadian English English
Preceded by British Canada 13 British Colonies
Political Leader Justin Trudeau Donald J Trump
Formation 1 July 1867 4 March 1789 (Official start date as an autonomous sovereign)
Literacy rate 99% 99%
Upper House Senate Senate
Recognised regional languages Inuktitut, Inuinnaqtun, Dëne Sųłiné, Cree, Gwich’in, Hän, Inuvialuktun, Slavey, Tłįchǫ Yatiì Navajo, Central Alaskan Yup'ik, Dakota, Western Apache, Keres, Cherokee, Zuni, Ojibwe, O'odham
Regional Divisions 10 Provinces and 3 Territories 56 political divisions (50 States, 1 Federal District, and 5 major overseas territories)
Independence : Recognized July 1, 1867 September 3, 1789
Life expectancy 82 82
Head of State Elizabeth II Donald Trump
Population 35,141,542 (36th) 2013 estimate 321 million (3rd)
Vice President None (Prime Minister not President) Mike Pence (R)
Measurement system Metric Customary
Flag Nickname The Maple Leaf Star-Spangled Banner
Department of defense yes , Department of National Defence yes , U.S. Department of Defense and Homeland Security
Motto A Mari Usque Ad Mare (Latin for "From Sea to Sea") In God We Trust
Lowest point Great Slave Lake, NWT (-458m) Badwater Basin (−85.5 m)
Lower House House of Commons House Of Representatives
Language(s) English, French English (De Facto), Spanish
Current constitution Adopted and made active on 1867 Adopted on 17 September 1787 and made active on 4 March 1789
Muslim population (%) 3.2 2.1%
Official script Latin/Roman Latin/Roman
Nobel laureates 25 331
Government : President/Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Donald Trump
Formation : Declared N/A (Never declared independence) 1776
Flag Maple Leaf Star Spangled Banner, Old Glory
Total length of land border 8,893 km 12, 034 kms
Tallest Building CN Tower (553 m) One World Trade Center (546.2 m)
Nominal GDP Per Capita (2013) $50,343 $52,852
Recognized regional languages Various Native Languages (Too many to list) Spanish, German, Italian, Others
General political conditions It is a democratic independent nation that is part of the Commonwealth of Nations thus has close ties to the United Kingdom. It is an independent nation, a republic.
Highest Point Mount Logan Mt. McKinley -6,914m
Special Forces CANSOFCOM US Special Operations Command , (not naming groups, tasks, or training)
Buddhist population 1% 0.7%
Hindu population (%) 1.6% 0.4%
Religions Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism Christianity, Islam, Judaism
Population : 2005 census 32.31 million 295.5 million
Christian population (%) 67.3% 72%
International abbreviation CA USA
No. of States None (Provinces) 50
Size of police forces 69,438 780,000
Space Organisation Canadian Space Agency NASA
Intelligence Agencies Canadian Security Intelligence Service or CSIS Central Intelligence Agencies or CIA
Urban population (%) 80% 82%
Total internet users 85.8%% 254,295,536 (81%)
Formation : Finalised 1876 1789
Languages English, French English (de facto)
Buddhist population (%) 1 0.38
Population (2013) 35.16 million 318,104,000 (3rd)
Cellphone Users 28,217,707 327,577,529 (April 2014)


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.

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