Moving to the US
The United States of America prides itself on being a melting pot of cultures from all over the world. The United States is comprised of 50 States, many with their own culture, climate and history. At 3.80 million square miles and with around 318 million people, the United States is the world’s fourth-largest country by total area and third-largest by population. It is one of the world’s most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations, the product of large-scale immigration from many countries. The geography and climate of the United States are also extremely diverse, and the country is home to a wide variety of wildlife.
The currency used in the USA is the Dollar (1 Dollar = 100 cents)
Currency Coins: $01 (penny), $0.05 (nickel), $0.10 (dime), $0.25 (quarter)
Currency Notes: $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100
Some recommended international banks are Chase, Citibank, Wells Fargo and Bank of America
Weather varies widely across the continental USA as well as in Alaska and Hawaii.
In general terms, summers are hot and humid in the plains and southern states, while the southwest is very hot and quite dry. Endless summers are southern California and Florida trademarks, while in the Pacific northwest and New England states, summers are warm with cool mornings and pleasant evening conditions.
Winters in the southern states are mild, while in the north, northeast, plains states, and in the western mountains, conditions are often quite cold with heavy snow and sub-freezing temperatures.
USA can be divided into eight climate regions. The climate varies considerably between different regions.
Languages and Culture
The United States does not have an official language but English is the primary language used in all business and governmental procedures. In the southern States Spanish is often spoken.
American culture is a global mix of customs, traditions, languages and beliefs. Philanthropy is important to many Americans, who enjoy giving back to their community or those less fortunate than themselves.
Americans are very patriotic, this is especially apparent on holidays such as Independence day, Labor day and Thanksgiving.
For more information:
USA culture shock
American culture for expats
Recommended Culture Awareness Courses
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