Is America that Different from Russia?
Have you ever wondered how other countries are different and alike? Can it really be that different or can they be really alike. Russia is known as the Russian Federation and America is known as the Land of the Free But could they really be that different. Two different countries may have more in common that anyone has ever thought. Let's take a look at the culture, laws, and higher education of each country.
The languages spoken in the United States are English, and Spanish are mostly spoken. The United States don't have an official language with it being so diverse. The official language in Russia is Russian but they speak many other languages that are their unofficial languages such as Finnish, German, and Romanian. The American culture is influenced by the food, religion, the clothes they wear and how they wear them. There are so any factors that make up cultures in America or in other word the flavor of the country. Russia culture is really bright. The music, literature and dance plays a huge part in their culture. To other countries Russia is known for being dull and full of crime but in all reality is very different. Just like American, Russia believes in religion and are big on holidays. Even though their celebrations are different but food plays a major part in both. Americans eat large amounts of convenience, and fast foods. The average diet is high in salt, fat, and refined carbohydrates. It is estimated that 60 percent of Americans are obese. The preference for packaged and processed foods is culturally embedded. Americans as a whole enjoy the taste of hamburgers, hot dogs, and junk foods. Processed foods normally are supposed to be cleaner or safer than unprocessed foods. Russians commonly love meat. Hunger means having no bread, while poverty means going without hard sausage. Sausage, pork, beef, chicken, and dried or salted fish are available and fairly cheap. Only some can afford to buy delicacies such as veal, duck, sturgeon, and salmon. Traditional upper-class fare included such fancy foods, many of which are popular among the newly wealthy classes today. Cultures are different in some ways, but there are many similar ways.
The United States is a federal republic composed of a national government and fifty state governments. The political system is dominated by two parties: the Republicans and the Democrats. One of the features of American democracy is low voter attendance. On the average, less than half the eligible voters participate in federal elections. Russia, a constitution approved by vote in 1993 provided for a democratic federation with executive, legislative, and judicial branches. The parliament is divided into upper and lower houses. The lower house is the Duma, with 450 elected members; the upper house was to consist of local governors and legislators from the eighty-nine administrative regions, although the newly elected president, replaced the governors with centrally appointed members, giving the president greater control over that house. Economic issues have been at the core of many political conflicts; battles over financial policy, transfer, control of key resources, tax collection, and social welfare provisions have been fierce and sometimes violent. The United States is also the only Western manufacturing nation that allows capital punishment, and amounts of execution for African-American men are higher than those of any other group. Historically, immigrant groups that constituted the urban "mob" of their day were the subject of strong policing efforts and were believed to have tendencies for vice and crime. Russia on the other hand has always been prone to authoritarian rule with censorship and strong government control over the media; domination of political opposition, partly through the secret police; administrative concentration; and legislation by declaration. In the Soviet era, political purges killed millions and sent millions more to hard labor or internal outcast. There are over twenty-five registered political parties, although only five are large in size. Political division has been a problem, and associations between parties have been unstable.
The level of educational achievement is high. Most Americans complete high school and most receive at least some college education. There are many people in America that completed four or more years of college. The quality and availability of colleges and universities are excellent, but a university education is not financed by the state as it is in many Western developed nations. The cost of higher education has climbed and varieties from a few thousand dollars a year at public colleges to more than ten thousand dollars a year at private colleges. In elite private colleges, the cost of tuition exceeds $30,000 a year. Among the middle classes, paying for college is a source of stress for parents from the instant their children are born. Students from middle-income and low-income families often pay for college with student loans, and the size of these debts is on the increase. In Russia is a outstanding system of higher education, with forty colleges and hundreds of organizations specializing in academic, scientific, professional, and practical disciplines. Business education, especially in management, finance, and marketing, has been developed only since 1991, but there are more than thousand business training schools, including some at the most significant colleges, such as Moscow State University.
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