The United States of America (also called the United
States, the U.S., the USA, America and the States) is a federal constitutional
republic comprising fifty sates and a federal district. The country is situated
mostly in central North America, where is forty-eight contiguous states,
but the country also possesses several
territories in the Pacific and in the Caribbean. At 9.83 million square kilometers
and with 312 million people, the United States is the third largest area by both
land area and population on Earth.
It is one of
the world’s most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations, the product of
large scale immigration from many countries. The Native American population was
greatly reduced by disease and warfare after European contact. The United
States was founded by 13 British colonies located along the Atlantic seaboard.
On July 4, 1776, they issued the Declaration of Indepence, which proclaimed
their right to self-determination and their establishment of a cooperative
union. The rebellious states defeated the British colonies in the American
Revolution, the first successful colonial war of independence. The most recent
state, Hawaii, achieved statehood in August 21, 1959. The states do not have
the right to secede from the union.
This is how
America got the form it has today. All in all, it is a very young country, not
like Hungary, which’s history goes back long centuries ago, when the first Huns
came here to Kárpát Basin. They were a very strong partner in war even for the
Romans, and they conquered enormous territories from other nations, to have a
place to settle down, until they found this place where now we live.
We also have
hosted many other nations during history, until this day. Nowadays there are
many people from Romania, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Ukraine, Poland and even
from China, while Hungarians prefer to move abroad in hope of a better job,
higher living standards, bigger salary and so on. Thousands of young people finish
their education here, because of the high standards, and after they go away
from here. Personally, I’m planning to continue my studies after high school in
another country, as I may have better chances abroad. This is the way the
others are thinking, too. I would say, its major cause might be the current
political situation, as not just in the opinion of the native Hungarian people,
but in the opinion of the other parts of the world, cities, countries, even the
EU and the UN it keeps getting worse and worse.
In the past we
used to be famous for our geniuses, the famous and important inventions, but
now for the bad side of our beautiful country, the politics, and the low living
Last summer I
spent two months in America and I saw that there are a lot of differences not
just in politics, but in everyday life, perception of life, and so on. I was
really amazed not by the enormous size of buildings and household appliances,
but the enormous heart and soul of the people. This really is a place where
people from abroad want to come to because they can manage their dreams become
true. They can show their talent and/or find the dream job. America might be so
tempting for young people because it has a lot of place to live and to work
where, chances to find nice jobs with high payouts, and it’s a great mixing
bowl of nations, cultures, religions, so everyone can find a slot in this great
puzzle where they can fit into with their attributes. They simply live and let
others live in democracy.
An example for their acceptance and open-mindness is
the president, Barack Obama. He is the first black president of America and is
very popular all around the world. A funny thing that a lot of packages were
sent to him from Hungary, as his name means peach in our language. Jams, fruits
and who knows what else in connection with it.
All in all,
America from here seems to be a uniformized mix of people, but as we open the
door of different houses we find that all of them keep their own traditions at
their homes, in the family and inside of their hearts. this is what makes
America a so attempting place to be. Everyone there is so proud of their
countries, both America and their origins, and they love them from the bottom
of the heart. They do thing for them not just to show off how wealthy they are,
not to step on the other countries, but they are really loyal and grateful to
I have heard
from a good Chinese friend of mine that their politics is just about how to
step on the other countries, how to get on the top, not taking into consideration
anybody else, not even their own family, just the interests of the whole
country. The girl who told me what are they talking and modeling even in their
model UN was so devastated when she had to face that the world is not as cruel
and greedy as the Chinese government tells them.
Hungary, it is well known for its beautiful landscapes, popular holiday
destinations, the cuisine and the hospitality. It’s more like a uniformized
society than the melting pot of the nations, like America.
In the States,
even the holiday events and the celebrations are different. According to their
originates, they celebrate every single thing in their own traditions, at their
homes, with their beloved ones.