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Irish and Polish people, for instance, tend to be closer to the American mainstream than to some of their fellow Europeans.Canadians are somewhere in between, sometimes more European, but often closer to their southern neighbours. A 100-year old house or church is considered new by Europeans, but old by Americans. Europe, the Americas, Australia and New Zealand) could be considered as a single "Western civilisation".'Westernness' could be defined by people who are ethnically or culturally European, in other words people of European descent or speaking a European language as their mother-tongue.Yet, Europeans travel much more than Americans, inside or outside their own continent.This might be because Europeans are used to go "abroad" since their childhood, European countries being so small, and do not feel the whole experience to be so exceptional.
I have even heard Americans think that 200 years was "ancient". Europeans would tend to think that driving 100 km is quite a long way, while for Americans that would be rather near.For a European "ancient" refers to something that is typically 2,000 to 5,000 years old (related to the Antiquity, not antiques ! This is due to the much higher density of population in Europe, and the smaller size of Europe (believe it or not the EU is over twice smaller than the USA).Here is a summary of my observations on the differences between Europeans and Americans (USA).These are of course the major trends, and exception exit everywhere.Europe itself has the greatest linguistic and cultural diversity of the Western world.
However, the common history, geography and socio-political evolution of the European continent, as well as the cultural divergences that have occured in former colonies, have resulted in the creation of a common basis for European culture that contrast (sometimes sharply) with the USA or the rest of the Western world.