I know a lot of Americans are afraid of socialism because it means helping those who are worse off. I also know that they are forced to pay an INSANE amount of money just to get education and health care. A lot of people here generalize all Americans as being stupid and fat, such generalizations bother me. A lot of young people here romanticize America quite a bit, they wish to move there, must be all the movies... I would never ever want to move outside of Scandinavia. America is a beautiful country in a lot of ways, but American politics and mentality is cruel. Besides, if there's another world war, America will most definitely be involved... Scandinavia won't. Less chance of me dying all things considered.
Unfortunately other people have covered what immediately springs to mind
I think it's worth pointing out that in practice there is no such thing as an American anymore, and hasn't been for at least half a century, maybe more. America has many nations living in one country, and having a passport and waving the flag doesn't mean your blood is tied with the country's founding culture and principles. From their appearance it seems like the people in America have blood from here, there and everywhere. Strange country.
Another thing that irritates me about them is how they are so obnoxiously loud, and are oblivious as to how affronting other people find this. At a restaurant you can hear the entire conversation an American couple might be having more than the person sitting next to you. The stereotypical American is definitely an ESTJ.
The third qualm i have is ignorance. Americans are, on average, the most ignorant people I have ever met from a supposedly first world country. I am not just talking about their cultural sophistication or better put lack of it, but just general knowledge of any given subject. I feel sorry for the few people who do have something between their ears in that country, it must be a nightmare for them...
I'm not Dutch, I'm Italian, but still I'm european thus I think I can give my contribution to this thread.
Things I love about americans:
- Their optimism
- Their drive
- Their love of freedom and YOLO attitude, even when they get older
- Their loudness, boisterousness and sense of humor
Things I don't understand about americans:
- Their fucked up healthcare system
- Why are there so many obese people
Things I don't like about americans:
- The social isolation many people seem to experience
- The strong competitiveness of the society
- The general attitude that "poor people deserved it"
- The enormous cost of education
In short, it may be argued that I like everything americans have that's similar to my own culture, and dislike what's different. I guess it's similar for Dutch people.
Would I live in the US? If I had a well paying job with health insurance, preferably on the west coast, sure. In any other case, no, but I wouldn't even get a permit so case closed.