January 3, 2010 12:52 AM Subscribe
Are there any two countries in the world that are as linguistically and culturally similar as the United States and [Anglophone] Canada?
posted by downing street memo to Society & Culture (52 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I'm American. I recently learned that a very good acquaintance, of many years, is Canadian. Over dozens of interactions with him, I never had any reason to believe he wasn't American. That led me to wonder if there are any other pairs of nations on earth where natives of one could easily pass for natives of the other.
For the purposes of the question I guess I'd ignore instances where the Western notion of the nation-state isn't quite as strong, i.e. cross-national tribal groups in Africa.
I have a number of ideas (Germany-Austria, France-Francophone Belgium, various Latin American nations) but don't have enough grasp on the various dialects to know how different they are.