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Why do so many Europeans assume Canada is part of the USA?

Travel Forums General Talk Why do so many Europeans assume Canada is part of the USA?


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1. Posted by Trupioneer (Budding Member 35 posts) 10y

Or assume us to be identical to the USA, to be more exact.

I encountered this alot while living in Europe. Suprisingly, considering we're part of their Commonwealth,the country where I experienced this the most was the U.K.

When it comes to our values and foriegn policy we differ greatly.

USA: capitalist, private health insurance, military super power, melting pot

Canada: social state, public health care, paece keepings missions, multi-cutural

Those seem like large difference, to me atleast???

2. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 10y

Who were you talking to? Maybe they were just thick. I'm pretty sure most educated people here know the difference. Maybe they were winding you up. We know how sensitive Canadians are about this, it can be funny to stir.

But saying that, there's got to be at least as many North Americans (ie Canada and USA) who think that Ireland and Britain are the same, or who think Scotland is part of England or Edinburgh is a London suburb or something like that.

But Australia and New Zealand are the same country though, aren't they?;)

3. Posted by Kristie79 (Full Member 225 posts) 10y

Hmmm, not sure if I like what trupioneer is implying!!

Like Clarabell said, maybe they were winding you up.

I, and everyone that I know, is well aware that Canada is not part of the US and knows that it is part our commonwealth.

4. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

The people you were talking too must never have looked at an altas or globe in their lives, l dont know anyone who would assume they are one in the same country! Like Clara said maybe they were just thick!!

5. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

Ok lm re-reading your post - people who havent visited would probably assume that the 2 countries due to their close proximity are similar in attitudes and in governance.

Its just lack of education l suppose, especially for those who havent and the experience of visiting both countries.

6. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

I noticed that a lot of Europeans say "America" when they mean "North America" - so it sometimes sounds like they're lumping both countries together. I think it's just a way of refering to "that body of land that was conquered some time back."

7. Posted by Trupioneer (Budding Member 35 posts) 10y

Obviously, I've met plenty of cool people who were "geographically inclined" in the U.K. and Europe.

I could tell when it's just a wind-up. What shocked was the amount of times when it wasn't.

What got under my skin would be how some people wouldn't give the fairest treatment cause they would "imagine" Canada with the same foriegn policy as the USA??? and almost act as if you were personally responsible for it??? Clarabell, I think you def hit the nail on the head when you said these people are thick.

Maybe I just had some bad odds that's all

8. Posted by TylerJames (Respected Member 333 posts) 10y

canada is in the us.their have been about a hundred threads about this. we settled it a while ago.

i think their more intresting and more important things we could be talking about

9. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 10y

Quoting TylerJames

canada is in the us.

Tyler, so Canada is the 51st state?

10. Posted by J-wal (Budding Member 28 posts) 10y

I am from Arizona, so I don't pay too much attention to Canada. I am more concerned with trying to keep my Spanish polished so I can order food!!! I can see why Canadians get butt hurt if they are called Americans....I would get offended if people asked me if I am Canadian.