Country Portrait: USA

Country facts:

  • Full name: United States of America
  • Capital:Washington D.C.
  • 3rd largest country in the world (9,631,000,000 km²)
  • Largest cities: New York, Los Angeles Chicago
  • Population: 312 Mio
  • Growth rate: 0.949%
  • Age expectancy: 78.1 years
  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Ethnic Mix: White (79.96%),  Black (12.85%), Asian (4.43%)

Uhm, well, what do you write about the USA?!

In 1507, German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller produced a world map on which he named the lands of the Western Hemisphere “America” after Italian explorer and cartographerAmerigo Vespucci. The standard way to refer to a citizen of the United States is as an American. Though United States is the formal adjective, American and U.S. are the most common adjectives used to refer to the country (“American values,” “U.S. forces”). American is rarely used in English to refer to people not connected to the United States.

The United States is a multicultural nation, home to a wide variety of ethnic groups, traditions, and values. Aside from the now small Native American and Native Hawaiian populations, nearly all Americans or their ancestors immigrated within the past five centuries. The culture held in common by most Americans—mainstream American culture—is a Western culture largely derived from the traditions of European immigrants with influences from many other sources, such astraditions brought by slaves from Africa. More recent immigration from Asia and especiallyLatin America has added to a cultural mix that has been described as both a homogenizing melting pot and a heterogeneous salad bowl in which immigrants and their descendants retain distinctive cultural characteristics.

So who do you think should be mentioned? Who’s THE stereotype ambassador of American artists? I only came up with Schwarzenegger, but he cannot be considered fully American being from Austria ;-).

Since the late 19th century, baseball has been regarded as the national sport; American football,basketball, and ice hockey are the country’s three other leading professional team sports. As fas as I get Soccer is a sport mainly practised by girls/women.

However, the men’s team doesn’t have to hide. They have successfully taken part in the last tournaments and I remember a match against Germany when the German team had really big problems against them, because the defense was so good. And as it seems they will play good again this summer. So let’s wait and see. In the meantime, here’s a picture of the team:


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