The Things That Europe Has That The United States Doesn't

People in the United States know that our culture differs from that of other countries, but it is not always obvious how.

Many European countries house historical castles, cars are unnecessary in several cities, Europeans are practically expected to speak more than one language fluently, and of course, the chocolate is a million times better!

There are plenty of other things Europe has that the United States doesn’t. Redditors know what these things are, and are ready to share.

It all started when Redditor QuintessentialPies asked:

“What does europe have that the US doesn’t?”

Cultural Diversity

"Cultural perspective. Each country is closely adjacent to another with a different culture so there is much more understanding of diversity. There are often multiple languages spoken in each country. The US has some cultural variety from one state to another but nothing quite like having multiple other countries so close. Mexico and Canada aren’t quite the equivalent version of this."

– TheWreckaj

"Well for starters, USA is a country while Europe is a continent. So Europe has many countries but USA has only one"

– GauAp

It's Like A Rainbow!

"Colorful money of varying sizes"

– LongtimeLurkerIsHere

"Did you know, the reason the bills are different sizes is in part because it helps the blind distinguish between denominations. Because all US bills are the same size, you cannot tell from feel if a bill is a $1 or a $10, so it's easier to get ripped off. (Some blind people fold their bills in special configurations depending on value so they can identify their money by touch)"

– cinemachick

"They have braille on them too! I was genuinely surprised of the accessibility when I visited the UK!"

– BillCatsby

The History Is Here

"Medieval castles and ancient structures. As a history nerd, I don't know how I'd survive in a modern country like the US."

– JS569123

"I was an exchange student with Italy. The Sala Borsa Library in Bologna is built on *top* of ancient roman ruins, and the floor of the library is actually glass so that you can look at the roman ruins beneath your feet and watch archaeologists excavate the ruins while you're checking out books. You'll never see anything like that in the US."

– DoctorWatchamacallit

"'I'm from Europe, where the history comes from'"

"Eddie Izzard performing in San Francisco."

– Wyvernkeeper

Let's Take A Walk

"Cities that expanded before the popularisation of the motor car."

– housemuncher

"TBH, living in Ireland has been wonderful for my health. With no car, cities unsafe for biking, and sub-optimal public transportation, I have to walk everywhere whether I like it or not."

– WednesdayAddams3001

"Bicycle paths. I mean separate dedicated 2 lanes."

– bemest

It's All Greek...And Italian...And French...To Me

"A significant percentage of the population that is bi or tri lingual"

– Rdr1051

"An expectation that you speak more than one language."

– nattylite100

Tea Time

"220v electric kettles. They boil water insanely fast"

– Mental_Ascent

"Tea kettles being commonplace in most home"

– Maximum_Vanilla_Cone

"How can anyone live without kettle? Do you guys over the pond don't start you're day with cup of coffee or tea?"

– Australian_Wombat

Healthy Living

"Free healthcare, 4 week PTO, paid maternity leave, cheap/free college education"

– dimap443

"a working health care System"

– GayNon-BinaryLeo

"Oh it works and it works really well, it just costs a f**k ton of money."

– elchignacio

The Cost Of Learning

"Affordable higher education"

– Dooshbaguette

The Metric System

"Apart from the walkable cities, affordable education, modern infrastructure like high speed railroads, a humane healthcare system, wine, public order, strict gun control, limited lobbying, less obesity, guaranteed vacations, and lower prison population, what did the European ever had better than us?"

"A good system of measurement?"

"Oh. A good system of measurement? Shut up!"

– FeaturePotential4562

Who To Vote For?

"More than two political parties"

– HyenaElectrical4530

Ah, the choices!

Is there anything we missed on this list? Let us know in the comments.

Man with head in his hands
Photo by Hermes Rivera on Unsplash

"The road to Hell is paved with good intentions."

An aged old proverb reflecting on when people perform what they think are well-meaning, helpful acts, but in reality, only worsen a bad situation.

A day seldom goes by when people won't notice an example of this, either on the news, in the book they're reading, or simply walking down the street.

This could be anything from someone making promises to help out, but never delivering on them, to saving money for a less expensive cleaner, which turns out to radiate toxic fumes, resulting in the building being closed for an indefinite length of time.

Ideas which might seem good in theory, but are impractical, illogical, or even harmful, in practice.

Keep reading...Show less
A glowing red sign that says "Nintendo Virtual Boy"
Photo by Senad Palic on Unsplash

Unless you grew up with the most doting parents on the planet, there's probably a toy or two that you really wanted as a kid, but never received.

Whether it was too expensive for your parents to afford, or something like a noisy toy that was going to be way too annoying for your parents, there are probably some toys that you really missed out on as a child.

Keep reading...Show less
cooked fries
Photo by matthew reyes on Unsplash

When it comes to fast food places, no two places are the same. Wendy's spicy chicken nuggets are far superior to those from McDonald's, while no one does milkshakes quite like Dairy Queen.

I have always preferred burgers from In-N-Out, but my brother will always go for Five Guys.

There will always be debates when it comes to which establishment does fast food the best.

The biggest debate surrounds the ultimate side dish: french fries.

No one can ever seem to agree on which fast food chain has the best french fries, but that doesn't stop the debate. Redditors are engaged in that very debate as we speak!

Keep reading...Show less
People Dispel Common 'Facts' That Are Total BS
Photo by Taras Chernus on Unsplash

Some people will just believe anything.

And if you call a statement a fact long enough, many people take it as gospel.

Some facts are absolute truths, others can be malleable.

Science changes.

History evolves.

Lies are exposed.

And research is an actual art form.

Keep reading...Show less