TikToker Lists 17 Things That Most Americans Have, But Europeans Don’t

Every continent differs from the other. Compare America and Europe, there are numeral cultural differences that distinctly separate the two. No surprise that people experience a cultural shock moving from Europe to America and vice versa.

Helene Sula is an American lifestyle blogger who has lived in Europe for years and visited many of its countries. The woman loves traveling so much that she made it her full-time career. Moving to live in different states, regions, and even continents has become a part of her job.

Having lived in America and Europe, she has gathered loads of intercultural experience and became familiar with the quirks of the European lifestyle. She discovered so many differences between the two she created an entire TikTok video series to showcase everyday American things that Europeans find odd. 

Take a look at the differences we were able to assemble from Helen’s videos, and let us know whether you agree. Do you have any distinct differences to add?

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In the US, we work a lot. On average, we only get about two weeks paid vacation. I personally had only five days off on my first job, which in Europe it varies but many countries get a month off. In the United Kingdom, France, Spain and Germany they take the lead for the most days off.

#2

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In the US, the portion sizes are huge. You might be surprised how big the portion you’ll receive when you order a meal is. It’s also acceptable to take your leftovers home. while in some places in Europe that’s not typical. Also if you haven’t noticed, we fry everything.

#3

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Powerlines. Driving around the USA you’ll notice power or telephone lines nearly everywhere you look. While in many places in Europe they bury the lines underground. Buried power lines are protected from the wind, ice and trees, but buried lines are more vulnerable to flooding and can still fail. Also burying them is more expensive, but it looks so much nicer.

#4

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Americans wear their shoes in the house – yes the same ones we walked around in all day. Many Europeans and other countries take their shoes off at home and in Germany they have special house shoes that they wear just around the house.

#5

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In America, we drive huge vehicles. Europeans tend to drive smaller compact cars. Since European cities are more dense, the cars reflect that. While in the USA, we tend to think bigger is better and often prefer trucks and SUVs. Also, in the USA gas is typically much cheaper, but overall Europeans tend to be safer drivers than Americans.

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Driving. In America we drive nearly everywhere, even really short distances and sometimes even across the street. However, we also drive if it’s super far away. Also, Europeans tend to say a location is blank kilometers away. Well in America, we say it in hours. For example, we are 10 hours away from the beach.

#7

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The movies are true. We really do have a lot of high school dances, although they aren’t choreographed like this. We have homecoming. And fun fact. My first date with my to be husband was homecoming. We also have Prom, and Prom King and Queen.

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The drinking age in the US is 21, which is the highest in the world. While in most European countries it’s 18, and in some countries it’s even as low as 16, if it’s enforced at all. Also beer and wine is cheaper in Europe and maybe a little better.

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Paying at restaurants. Most of the time at restaurants in the US, your server will hand you a bill, take your credit card and walk to the back to charge it. In Europe, your server will charge your credit card right at the table. Also, most Nordic countries are almost all cashless, while some places like in Germany and Italy they still heavily rely on cash.

Also at American restaurants, they bring the check when they think you’re finished eating, while in Europe, that’s often considered rude and they won’t bring you the check until you ask for it.

#10

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Eggs are refrigerated in the USA but not Europe. In the United States, egg producers are required by law to wash the eggs in chlorinated water. This kills any bacteria that might be clinging to the shells. This also washes off the eggs natural protection so that they might spoil more quickly if they’re not refrigerated. In Europe, egg producers do not wash this off and so they are safe to store unrefrigerated until used.

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Tipping. In America, it’s standard to tip 15 to 20%. In Europe, tipping isn’t mandatory, but in some countries it’s a few euros or maybe 10%. Europeans are generally paid a salary to wait tables, while Americans make more money through tips.

#12

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Maternity leave. In the USA there is no standard paid maternity leave, but you can get 12 weeks of unpaid leave. Whereas in Europe, there is at least 14 weeks of maternity leave, with many countries offering much more. For example, in Germany, Norway, Lithuania, Sweden and Hungary, they offer a full year or more of paid maternity leave. In Germany, you can actually take up to three years off, and it’s not just for the moms. There’s paternal leave too.

#13

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Whenever you meet an American,usually the first question you’re asked is: “What do you do for a living?” This doesn’t happen the same way in Europe. In the US, people are obsessed with their jobs, and usually think of this as their identity. Don’t be obsessed with your job, be obsessed with your life.

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Americans are not direct at all. Europeans are super blunt, and they tend to tell you like it is. Whereas in America, we tend to give a compliment sandwich. So we stick a criticism in between two compliments, whereas Europeans will just tell you what they think. And they’ll tell you they don’t like something or if they do, whereas in America in the USA, we tend to not always be as direct.

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Americans love small talk. Perfect strangers might ask you how you’re doing or comment on the weather. Typically the further south you get in the US the more small talk, darlin’.

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Christmas lights in the USA. We go crazy for Christmas lights and over the top Christmas decorations. Even though the movies might make it look over the top, it’s totally accurate. We like to cover every square inch of our house in twinkling lights. In Europe, the city centers are often decorated and beautiful, but homes don’t usually have such over the top decorations.

One of our favorite traditions in the USA is to go Christmas light looking. We grab hot chocolate and drive around listening to Christmas music while looking at lights

#17

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The way we write the dates. We write the dates, Month-Day-Year. Almost everywhere else including Europe, it’s Day-Month-Year. There’s no real reason why we do it.

“I Was Baffled”: Argument Arises When Friends Said This Man Can’t Take His 5 Y.O. Daughter Fishing With Them

What were the rules you had with your friends when you were growing up? Maybe the first one to get married would treat the rest? Maybe the rule was everyone should attend each other’s grand celebrations like graduation ceremonies, marriages, or birthdays!

It wasn’t much different than when Reddit user DaddynDaughterfish and his friends were young. Their rule was simple: every year, they would hold a fishing trip only for themselves. No wives, no girlfriends. The day would only be for them.

Though, sometimes, loopholes can be made in the rules. And it was shown when one of his friends, “Tim”, brought his son to the fishing day. This brought confusion to the friends, but they let it slide because after all, Tim did not bring a wife or a girlfriend. Also, Tim stated that he wanted to pass down their tradition to the next generation.

After some years, OP decided to bring his daughter who was around the same age as Tim’s son. A heated discussion ensued when his friends didn’t allow him to because it was “against the rule.” The confused OP brought this story to the Am I The A-Hole subreddit.

And if you are interested in reading more AITA stories, check out the recent ones we’ve covered by clicking herehere, and here!

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OP and his friends would hold an annual fishing trip with the rule “No wives, no girlfriends”


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One of the friends took his son with him and they had fun


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However, when it was OP’s turn to bring his child, he wasn’t allowed to because it “breaks the rule”





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The story received some confused reactions from the online community. But it appears that the final verdict is that the OP did not break their rule






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