The United States vs. Canada

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The United States vs. Canada


Canadian Dollar ($) (CAD)

United States Dollar ($) (USD)

Official languages

English, French

English (De Facto)


Parliamentary democracy (federal constitutional monarchy)

Federal presidential constitutional republic


Ottawa, Ontario

Washington, D.C.

Introduction (from Wikipedia)

Canada 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.

Drives on the



National Anthem

God Save the Queen (Royal Anthem), O Canada (National Anthem)

Star-Spangled Banner

Regional Divisions

10 Provinces and 3 Territories

56 political divisions (50 States, 1 Federal District, and 5 major overseas territories)

Description of Flag

Red and White. Red Maple Leaf in the center

Red and white stripes, and 50 white stars on a blue background on the upper left corner.

GDP (nominal) : Total

$1.089 trillion (2006 estimate)

16.80 trillion


English, French

English, Spanish

Literacy rate



Date formats



Official language(s)

English, French

None at federal level

Largest city (in population)


New York City

Life expectancy




Queen Elizabeth II



Parliament of Canada

Congress of the United States of America

Speaker of the House

The Hon. Andrew Scheer, M.P.

John Boehner (R)

Official Name


The United States of America (USA)

Written Language

Canadian English



35,141,542 (36th) 2013 estimate

321 million (3rd)

Total length of land border

8,893 km

12, 034 km

Nominal GDP Per Capita (2013)



Lowest point

Great Slave Lake, NWT (-458m)

Badwater Basin (−85.5 m)

Tallest Building

CN Tower (553 m)

One World Trade Center (546.2 m)


Both Canada and USA are in the continent of North America. But the label "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.


Footballbaseball and basketball are the most popular sports in the U.S. while ice hockey is the most popular Canadian sport.

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