Compare And Contrast Italy And United States

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The United States vs. Italy. The world is filled with about 200 countries and they all differ from each other. A country is defined as a nation with its own government, occupying a particular territory (English Oxford Living Dictionaries). Nonetheless not all countries are the same, and there are numerous things that distinguish one from another. The United States and Italy are two very diverse countries because they differ in their location, historical background, language, culture, government, education, crime, and traditions, which all contribute in the making of a country. The United States is a country located in the Americas. In 1492, Christopher Columbus, discovered America. Evidence shows that the first settlers arrived around 14,000 …show more content…
For example, Italy’s population is 96% Italian. The official language is Italian, although there are various dialects, including: Sardinian, Friulian, Neapolitan, Sicilian, Ligurian, Piedmontese, Venetian, Milanese, Calabrian, etc. Most Italians are Roman Catholic, since the Vatican City, where the Pope lives, is located in the heart of Rome. Italian cuisine is viewed as art by many. Wine, cheese, and pasta are very important components of an Italian meal. To most Italians, food is the most important thing. Italy is known for its family-centric culture; family is very important. Like Americans, Italians celebrate most of the same holidays, with the addition of Pasquetta, which is the Monday after Easter; the Epiphany, which is January 6th, and various Saint Days depending on the region. In Italy, April 25th is the day they celebrate their liberation; in the United States the 4th of July is their Independence Day. Some holidays are celebrated different days and some are not at all. In Italy, for example, Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, Saint Patrick’s Day, President’s day, Columbus Day, Labor Day, and many others are not celebrated in Italy (Zimmermann, Kim Ann). On the other hand, the United States is the third largest country and it’s sometimes considered a “melting pot”, due to the different cultures that have influenced it. There is no official language in the United States. Most business are conducted …show more content…
The United States is considered the largest economy in the world. The U.S. corporations are the leading edge of the worlds technology revolution. The country has a capitalist economy in which individuals make most decisions, with little say from the government. The stock market has advanced from the 1990’s and the 2000’s. The unemployment rate has fallen about 10% in 5 years. However, the economy is still growing and addressing its different challenges such as rising medical and pensions costs, budget deficit and economic inequality (Kurian, George Thomas). Both, the United States, and Italy are industrialized countries, but they have different economies. Small family business in Italy that produce high-quality goods, are the backbone of the economy. Italy is the 11th largest economy. Northern and central Italy are much more industrialized than the South (mostly Sicily). Tourism in Italy is a major industry, also, clothing, footwear, motor vehicle and agricultural products (Kurian, George Thomas). Economy is defined as “the system of trade and industry by which the wealth of a country is made and used” (Cambridge English Dictionary). These two nations have different economies, which makes them

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