Why do Western Europeans not like the US?

SAP gluzer
May 6 44 Comments

Like the title says. I have spent 1 year in Europe and one thing I noticed was that most of them have a slight disdain for the States. I am not a citizen of the US myself to take this personally or anything, but I am just curious as to why this is so. Usually in other parts of the world, people aspire to work here, if only for the pay.

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  • Okta doll$h
    Because standard of living there is much better. People seem happier and chilled out. Here we are still chasing higher TC in this rat race.
    May 6 9
    • Doesn’t explain the hatred though. It’s illogical.
      May 6
    • SAP gluzer
      OP
      I would not call it hatred Uber, it’s usually them not understanding what the hype is as they feel US lacks culture (partly true if you have been to European cities) and as Okta mentioned, I do feel too that Europeans are more about work life balance and living relaxed as opposed to chasing TC and owning big cars and mansions. But I think inside they still have a certain respect for the States as the advancement which happens here is unparalleled. I just don’t get why some have ‘ha stupid americans’ attitude despite them consuming American products heavily
      May 6
    • Kaspersky Lab aye dais
      They are chilled out, but they make less money. And they want to have the best from both worlds - universal healthcare, free education and protective labor law on one side and lower taxes and growing salaries on the other side.
      May 6
    • Kaspersky Lab aye dais
      SAP, sorry, I can’t hold myself here. I used to live in Europe, now I live in the States, I am from Middle Asia, and America is much better country for me.
      This BS about culture is a crap. Europe has a lot of history of culture, and the culture. But US dominates in cinema, pop culture, modern culture and many other things. Even if you take fashion all European luxury brands are making kicks now following US lead.
      May 6
    • Right...they eat up American culture and try their best to imitate and actually exceed it.

      Yet we’re stupid, fat, and ugly. Ok.
      May 6
    • Kaspersky Lab aye dais
      That’s not what I meant. Culture is a global thing now. You can’t label one country to have more culture than another one.
      Also, I appreciate your self- awareness, but I wouldn’t say that Americans are more stupid and ugly. Food is better in Western Europe, that’s true, except for beef and lamb, I would say. There are some good beef and lamb in France, Italy and Spain, but steaks are still better here, and lamb is still better in Australia.
      May 6
    • America exports culture and the rest of the world pretty much eats that shit right up.

      Also I was being sarcastic when I was saying Americans are fat, stupid and ugly. Well, many Americans are, but they have some redeeming qualities as well.

      I’m just pointing out the hypocrisy in imitating American culture yet being arrogantly disdainful at the same time.

      Btw — USA gets most of its lamb from Australia and NZ.
      May 6
    • Kaspersky Lab aye dais
      Now I get it. Sorry, missing on sarcasm a lot today.
      Yep, I agree. Eg, I love Italy, but most Italians can’t afford going to Venice.
      Half of the country is poor and criminal.

      Though I must say Europeans know better how to make things beautiful, and Americans are much better in making things comfortable.
      And at this point of my life I value comfort over the beauty.
      May 6
    • Yup...Europe sure is a good tourist spot though
      May 6
  • Microsoft
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    Western Europeans think of Americans as extravagant, wasteful, boastful, rude, a bit crazy, greedy, and perhaps most of all, unaware of the world outside the US.

    The last part at least is likely due to how little the US varies between the States, and how most Americans don’t travel much outside the US.
    May 6 2
    • Pinger / Eng create💻
      We are all those things, but they could still love us
      May 6
    • You forgot your favorite word — Trump
      May 6
  • Jealousy.

    There, I said it.
    May 6 3
    • Akamai Technologies VmQQ44
      This! America is the little brother that went on to do better than everyone else, inherit the family business, and now dictates to the rest of the family how things are going to be. By comparison, Western Europe looks like a failure despite being older and having much more life experience.
      May 6
    • Amazon trimlp
      Nice analogy. One thing I would add is that the little brother is out there killing it AND he knows it.

      It’s kinda like the little brother in Step Brothers but more successful. Confidence (or some might say arrogance) is something pretty ingrained in the culture.
      May 6
    • Akamai Technologies VmQQ44
      Agreed! How could I forget American exceptionalism??
      May 6
  • Microsoft / Mgmt Dunph
    Because red necks and crazy Republicans make the US look bad
    May 6 0
  • Microsoft Caro🖤Kiss
    America shows the rest of the world how to be a great and prosperous country. Without this beacon, the Eurocrats can easily convince their populace that they are getting the best.
    May 6 1
    • Kaspersky Lab aye dais
      Hold on that thought. Universal healthcare, free education and cheap mortgage make European citizens way more prosperous in the end. Imagine, you don’t have any student loans, you don’t have to save for your kids education, and your mortgage rate is 1.5%, and you can leave off unemployment benefits for at least 2 years.
      May 7
  • Wells Fargo / Consultant JbOI25
    It’s the boastful, I don’t give a shit attitude, I only speak English, and generally being culturally unaware and only there for selfies.
    May 6 1
    • Kaspersky Lab aye dais
      Are you trying to brag about being ignorant? I don’t get it
      May 6
  • Amazon trimlp
    I immigrated to the US from Europe when I was young and sometimes go back. I wouldn’t say Europeans hate Americans but they do have a less favorable view against Americans than Americans have on Europeans.

    Things move much, much faster in the US as evidenced by the country’s hyper growth on the past 2 centuries, which causes somewhat of a superiority complex (probably rightfully so). This complex is what I think rubs Europeans the wrong way.
    May 6 0
  • New bzRF81
    It's called being snobby...
    May 6 0
  • Amazon jQpf16
    Its not just Europeans who hate Americans. Though hate is a strong word, I live in Europe and this is why . 1. Americans are not cultured - there is a difference between having culture and being cultured, the latter refers to manners, upbringing, being well bred etc. Most Europeans behave a lot better than Americans do and their manners, are much better. 2. American superiority complex - America is the greatest country on earth - NOT. No-one outsise of America believes this, yes sure third world country people make a beeline to the US but its for the money, more than anthing else 3. Blatant capitalism - profit at the cost of people, society and values. dont think I need to elaborate here 4. Trump - they mostly pity Americans since the media highlights trump (most europeans enjoy trumps antics and believe Americans are making fools of themeselves, and theres a lot of jokes on this ..p***grabber ...anyone) , I also believe the idea of living without social security and paying through your nose for college makes them nod their heads in disbelief. Most Europeans are well travelled and Americans are not so I believe they the fat, stupid and redneck maga hat wearing sterreotype is not really a stereotype to them at all.
    May 8 5
    • Arthrex QeWE06
      Well America needs to budget for the largest military which Europe and rest of the world needs and when shit hits the fan lol
      May 10
    • Arthrex QeWE06
      It is fair. One thing I hear about Europeans is why do we need a huge military. It is like an insurance you never know when Aliens will attack us so need to be prepared to save the world. US does take refugees the percentage is less than Europe due to travel constraints.
      May 10
    • Arthrex QeWE06
      Yoh should see the statistics. Till 2017 US was taking more refugees than all the countries combined in the world. Military conflicts only happen when a country can stand for the safety for the rest of the world. US doesn't go and start a fight with EU. It only fights against terrorism and anything against inhumane behaviours such as dictatorship. I haven't seen US people hating rest of the world, but some reason every one outside the US hates it for the dumbest reasons.
      May 10
    • Arthrex QeWE06
      Pew research or any other reliable government released data source.
      May 10
    • Amazon jQpf16
      Kaspersky Lab aye dais.1. You say snobbery but when a bunch of American Marines offduty, get told off for trashing Beer Bottles and carving their names with a pen knife into the walls of the Porta Nigra, I dont think its about Europeans being pompous. Just this morning the peaceful morning commute was disrupted by an American lady holding a really loud conversation on the tram. Total oblivion and disrespect for others. That is the American way.
      2. I disagree, there are aspects of individual countries that we believe are great but it is completely classless to tout yourself as the greatest nation on earth. Propoganda and there are so many Americans who are taught this is school. Sad.
      3. Why then do i have to dodge veterans begging for money everytime I visit the states. why is the bill of equal rights for women not signed in every state? why do women not have body autonomy ? Why are kids being shot in schools ? So where is the spending for social needs going?
      4. Why do we have to be proud of our leaders. we elect them to their position and we remove them if they dont perform, we remove them if they condone Nazi rallies and as far as I go we do not allow sexual predators in positions of office.
      Refusal to accept just means things are going to hit rock bottom while you still keep calling the US the greatest country. Ciao
      May 13
  • New / Eng SharmaG
    Western Europe is a blend of socialism and capitalism. They abhor pure capitalism and think that they know better than Americans. Many of them don't know how far behind they are from US and even China. If US pulls out of NATO, they are sitting ducks.
    May 6 0
  • Kaspersky Lab aye dais
    America is dominating world politics and an economy, and is always trying to take a lead on every human rights situation, despite of the fact that plenty of countries are way more advanced in human rights. That kind of stuff irritates people, usually.
    But hey, name one big country that is being loved by everyone.
    May 6 5
    • SAP gluzer
      OP
      Agreed.
      May 6
    • Google tUlh65
      Switzerland?
      May 6
    • Kaspersky Lab aye dais
      Google, I wouldn’t call Switzerland loved. I don’t know anyone who would’ve wanted to move there. It’s crazy expensive country.
      May 6
    • Pinger / Eng create💻
      Switzerland is smaller than NYC
      May 6
    • Amazon jQpf16
      Jamal kashoggi is spinning in his grave ....
      May 8
  • Microsoft TrumpWins
    I feel like they always have a lot of strong opinions on things they don’t understand. They heavily stereotype Americans as loud and uncultured and it comes across as arrogance. Yet when you turn it around on them and talk about the ills of their own countries they get offended.
    May 6 0
  • Expedia ¥₩$
    Because happy index there is better than happy index in US.
    May 6 0
  • Wells Fargo / Consultant JbOI25
    It might be bit presumptuous that you think I’m talking about myself. I’m merely stating my observations to the posed question.
    May 6 1
    • Kaspersky Lab aye dais
      Now I get it.
      May 6
  • Arthrex QeWE06
    Jealousy. The battle between socialism and capitalism
    May 10 0
  • Kaspersky Lab aye dais
    Also, there is a lot of historical context between Europe and America. America was the only country almost unharmed by WW2 and also benefited from it financially. And also a lot of talent move to the States during WW2.
    Sometimes I feel like there more impressionist paintings here than in Europe. Every small museum has Monet, Matisse or Cezanne.
    May 6 0
  • Google XoIl35
    This is BS. We do like US.
    May 6 0