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I'm an American who visited Ireland - here are the 7 biggest differences I noticed

10 monthes ago   |   By Business Insider

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There are reportedly 34.5 million people who claim Irish ancestry in the US , making America's Irish population seven times larger than that of Ireland itself, according to the Washington Post. And yet our two cultures are quite different.
I recently went to Ireland and noticed some big cultural differences between the US and Ireland that I found worth noting.
Keep in mind this is all based on my own experience, and other people's findings may vary. In Ireland, small talk is life.
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In Ireland, small talk is a lifestyle. Even their neighbors, the Brits, are...
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There are only a few states in the US where it's common for people to say their ancestry is 'American'

There are only a few states in the US where it's common for people to say their ancestry is 'American'

10 monthes ago   |   By Business Insider

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Business Insider recently looked at how Americans across the country identify their ancestral and ethnic backgrounds .
One interesting answer was people who identified their ancestry as simply American or from the United States.
That answer was most common in southern states.
Americans come from all sorts of backgrounds, and sometimes that identity lies close to home.
The Census Bureau's American Community Survey asks several questions about residents' economic, social, and demographic characteristics and situations. One of the questions on the survey asks...
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