Even though both Europe and the USA belong to the Western World and agree on most fundamental democratic principles, they don't see eye-to-eye on everything. According to a recent study, Americans and Europeans often have different perspectives on the way of life - individualism, the role of government, free expression, religion, and morality.

However, Reddit user IBringTheGinger wanted to know how these differences manifest themselves in everyday life. So they created a post, asking Europeans to list the funny problems that are too American for them to understand. It immediately blew up, and, as of this article, has nearly 64K upvotes and 57,5K comments. Scroll down to read some of the most popular first world problems and let us know if you agree with them!

#1

Here is one I can't understand:

Strong violence on tv: No one bats an eye...

Nipple slip: Everybody loses their minds.

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Kaisu
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1 year ago

Also everyone having guns is not a problem, but a girl daring to wear a sleeveless shirt to school when it's a super hot day? Everyone loses their minds

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"Since Reddit is US-centric, I've seen many posts and comments about problems that seemed typically American to me such as being broke because of student debt or postponing going to the doctor because you can't afford it. So I was curious to see if other Europeans like myself ever felt the same way or if they had heard about other 'American problems' that I didn't know about," IBringTheGinger told Bored Panda.

#2

Why doesn't the guy with the most votes just win the election?

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Kaisu
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1 year ago

I know, it's not actually democracy if it doesn't work like this

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The amount of attention their post got really surprised IBringTheGinger. "From what I've seen on r/AskReddit, how many upvotes you get can be extremely random depending on the day and hour you post at and there's nothing you can do about it. I never managed to get past like 300 upvotes before. Almost 60k comments is just crazy."

Even though they knew a lot of the things that were mentioned in the replies such as problems in the healthcare system or excessive swearing-censoring on the TV, they made IBringTheGinger understand the different culture better. "I learned about others and seeing all those issues combined in one place really made me realize I'd never want to chase the American dream myself. Well, not if I wouldn't be hugely compensated for it at least, like a job offer or something. But I doubt that would ever happen anyway."

#3

MM/DD/YYYY.

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Rissie
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1 year ago

Yeah. That's just silly ;)

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#4

Why tipping is considered part of someone's paycheck.

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European other
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1 year ago

Yeah that's one I found hard to get my head around.

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#5

You Americans eat like you've got free health care.

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European other
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1 year ago

😄

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#6

Why the big amount of flat-earth and antivax people?? Is your education system not doing well??

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Rissie
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1 year ago

I'm sorry but stupidity is a global problem. The US are just very visible as a nation and a lot of our media content originates there.

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#7

Kim Kardashian

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European other
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1 year ago

I am not a fan but say what you like about her. Everyone appears to be fascinated with her despite the criticism she gets.

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#8

21 Drinking age like whaaaat you can vote , go join the army , get married , have children and drive but you're too immature to drink ???!!???!

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Rissie
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1 year ago

Now in all honesty, I like that a lot. Alcohol is terrible on anyone's let alone young bodies.

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#9

The idolization of politicians. They are public servants, similar to a courthouse clerk or a city hall coordinator. They are not rock stars. You don't need to scream their name, buy their merch, fully commit your life to them and believe everything they say. Just... treat them like public servants. Sure, they get power and position but hold them accountable when they abuse it. Don't let corporations and politicians take over, the political system is created by the people, FOR the people. It just... boggles the mind.

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European other
Community Member
1 year ago

This is so true, what's that all about ?!

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#10

Not being able to afford to study

Not being able to afford to pay medical bills

Not being able to afford school lunch

Not being able to have schools without security guards

Not being able to drink water straight from the tap

Not being able to walk because you are morbidly obese

toddlers involved in politics

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Flisey
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1 year ago

Kids in NZ miss school because their parents can't afford lunch. Also because they don't have uniforms or womens sanitary products.

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#11

Their obsession with celebrities, media and “perfect” looks. How often do I read comments from Americans saying:”Bad European teeth“ while in reality they are totally healthy, just aren’t bleached.

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European other
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1 year ago

I haven't personally come across that. I think the perfect looks thing is pretty worldwide these days.

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#12

People going bankrupt for getting sick. Stupidly expensive "education". Gun control. No repercussion for police brutality.

Why are you paying taxes for?

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Kaisu
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1 year ago

It's crazy that American police can straight up murder people based on their skin colour and there's no repercussions for it. In my country if the police uses a gun even once, even to just injure a suspect, there's massive investigation launched into whether that use of force was called for

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#13

I'm too European to understand how swearing and curse words are such a big deal in movies and songs, but violence and guns are taken with a grain of salt

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1 year ago (edited)

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Well if you shoot someone their not swearing a lot

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#14

You have $4.50 in your pocket. The fancy drink is advertised at $3.99. Do you have enough money to buy it? Dunno!

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troufaki13
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1 year ago

You have to always calculate tax and tip like we're some kind of math geniuses or something!

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#15

The lack of maternity rights and maternity leave.

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Kesam
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1 year ago

And paternity rights/leave!

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#16

The American Dream. Basically every other developed county is living the ‘American Dream’ while Americans really just think they are, but if you describe the way their country works to someone it sounds like you’re describing a third world country.

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Full Name
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1 year ago

" if you describe the way their country works to someone ". Yeah, bias has a way of doing that. You can describe anywhere to sound fucked up. Take Sweden right now for example...

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#17

The confusing Imperial measurements system and US customary units.

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Francis
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1 year ago

YES!

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#18

I don't understand the concept of punching holes in the wall. If you tried that here in Ireland, you'd just break your hand.

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Kaisu
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1 year ago

Same here, are American houses just made out of cardboard or what?

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#19

Double standards. E.g. being prude but having the largest porn industry in the world, praising religion but disregarding Christian values IRL.

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Kaisu
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1 year ago

Many American Christians are so weird, yelling things like "Jesus hates fags" when if they'd read the bible they would know Jesus never said anything about homosexuality

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#20

The fact that Americans refer to a 24h clock as “military time” you mean just regular time?

Also, suing culture. Got injured? Sue! Fell down some stairs? Sue! Fight with neighbour? Sue!

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natie marie
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1 year ago

This is leaking into UK culture too

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#21

Paying for an ambulance. Seriously, like wtf?

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Rissie
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1 year ago

We all pay for ambulances. The problem with the American healthcare system is how it's handled and the strange effect of liability beyond anyone's control on the prices

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#22

I will NEVER understand why you guys allow children to not be guaranteed free health care and dental care! Why aren't you up in arms over this, protesting in the streets? They're CHILDREN, why on earth would a rich country not guarantee free health care to all children?! I don't get it.

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1 year ago

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I hate the word "free". Other countries have WAY higher taxes to cover for it. The American system sucks, but no country has 'free" health care by any stretch.

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#23

Having to take out a second mortage because you twisted your ankle in the wrong state.

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Iggy
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1 year ago

Flying to Europe and paying full private hospital fees would still be cheaper!

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#24

Not having taxes already put into the prices of items at stores

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MERCI LANGSTON
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1 year ago

want u see to us our stupid math skills

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#25

Why Americans are so proud of being American and their obsession with military. Like what did they do other than being born American? What good does military do other than wasting money they could use for e.g. health care.

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1 year ago

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We saved your butts twice.

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#26

European here, why are all your houses made from cardboard if you have a problem with hurricanes? My country has no natural problems and our houses are made from reinforced cement.

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Francis
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1 year ago

well, if i recall it right, the idea is, that it is cheaper to rebuild your cardboard house after every event. The materials are a lot cheaper. but those events will happen more often so i think it is just plain stupid now!

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#27

Not using the metric system. Counting in football fields/moon landings instead... I don't get it.

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Isidien Gudmundsdottir
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1 year ago

You're not the only one but, alas, it's one of those: "it is what it is" things.

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#28

Why do you guys wear shoes in the house??

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European other
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1 year ago

I do ?!

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#29

While watching Chelsea vs Manchester United yesterday on NBCSN, during halftime there was a Good Rx commercial where the guy is asking a woman if she would like to fill her prescription, he pulled up the phone and showed her that the same pill can cost from $10 to $90 depending on the area. And that Good Rx can help her fill the prescription with the cheapest prices. Now someone please explain to me how in the ever-loving f**k is it possible for a drug to cost 10x more depending on your location !? Don't they have constant prices like in the rest of the civilized world !?

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1 year ago

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This is absolutely not the case. Every country has is own price on medication.

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#30

Joining the army for college money and free healthcare. Also how religious they are

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Daria B
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1 year ago

This one I can actually understand. When I was in high school, the militarily started advertising a scholarship program for universities. Also, the religious part. Though our dominant one is Catholicism.

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#31

Expensive required textbooks that you HAVE to buy to take a university class

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Rissie
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1 year ago

Happens here too (Netherlands).

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#32

How much do I tip? 10%? 15%? Do I tip everywhere? Why isn’t the tax included? Why does the tip vary? Why are the waiters so underpaid?
Also, why do you have to do your tax bill? You could literally go to prison but it’s like a guessing game from what I heard?

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Isidien Gudmundsdottir
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1 year ago

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For Tip: learn about the place (-s) you visit, get educated on them just like "some" of us do when we visit Europe. For Tax: Since some items are taxed at a different rate and some are not, it's easier to add the tax later than it is to constantly change the price tags. For underpaid waiters: Predatory greed. For doing taxes: There are many software packages and Companies who will do that for you. As an ex-European: As if doing your taxes is "easy" there. I remember doing my taxes myself in the 70's and 80's and by the time I was done, I was glad that I didn't become an alcoholic!

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#33

Being scared of the police.

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Francis
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1 year ago

this one is sad..

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#34

How strongly Americans feel about the flag. I saw a photographer get torn to pieces online because someone was standing on the tiniest bit of the flag and people went fuc**ng ape s*it. In the UK most people probably couldn’t spot if the Union Flag was round the wrong way.

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Johnny Q Mattie
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1 year ago

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We saved your butts twice

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#35

Nipples, or in general the hyper-sexualization of nudity.

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Johnny Q Mattie
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1 year ago

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I heart boobs

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#36

Don't know if it's already mentioned but your delivery drivers just leaving packages outside your front door. I can't wrap my mind around this, how did this ever came acceptable?

Here you sign for deliveries. If you're not there they'll leave a note when they'll come again. If still not delivered you can pick it up yourself. Also if you didn't sign for delivery it's marked as not delivered.

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Rissie
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1 year ago

Because the distances are larger. A route with the same amount of packages in any city in Europe will take less time. And it's easier to drop it of at a neighbour. Even in a normal residential area in the US it takes at least a minute extra to just walk to someone else's front door. Chances of failing to deliver the first time is very high in general. Repeated tries more expensive and delivery at neighbour too. So just leaving it at the door step and taking your chances with liability when things get lost or stolen is cheaper.

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#37

Student debt. I pay €20/Semester tuition in Austria.

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Daria B
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1 year ago (edited)

Mine was usually over 3 million krw per semester in Seoul. I attended university from 2012 to 2016. Now, you do the maths. If you're too lazy, I can tell you it's astronomical for many European countries (which was my case, because I'm a European from a working class family with lots of siblings in a country that's still struggling), yet still a lot cheaper than the U.S.A. Compared to the very own Korean economy, 2 million krw is an average standard on the low-ish salaries.

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#38

Many people do not vote because they cannot get time off work to do so.

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Johnny Q Mattie
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1 year ago

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False. It’s called absentee voting

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#39

Why people censor swears that are totally obvious

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Rowlie
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1 year ago

F*ck if I know

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#40

30 degrees fahrenheit

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troufaki13
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1 year ago

They say "it's like 70 degrees outside" and I never understand if it's cold or hot!

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