With Canada and the United States sharing the longest international border in the world, you would think that these two nations have a lot in common. And, with the countries located on the same continent, many people group these two nations together. However, there are a lot of things about Canada that U.S. citizens still can't wrap their heads around. From free healthcare, stress-free workdays and milk in a bag, there are numerous things that the people in the U.S. still continue to question.

There are some major differences between Canada and the United States. One major difference between the two North American countries is the fact that Canada has a Prime Minister and the U.S. has a President. We also can't ignore that Canadians have more holidays, which means more days off of work and a longer paid maternity leave that would make any U.S. citizen jealous. Let's not forget to mention that Canadians have a reputation for being nice, are known for having a more laid-back lifestyle and are entitled to more work breaks so they aren't tied down to their desks. All of these differences just might make a person from the United States want to move to Canada!

So check out this list of the 20 things about Canada that the U.S. still can't wrap their heads around. You'll be shocked at just how different the two nations really are!

20 Bagged Milk

One thing that the U.S. can't wrap their heads around is that Canadians bag their milk. Pouring milk out of a bag sounds like a messy cleanup, however, the bags are placed in a pitcher-like container and the corner of the bag is cut off for easy pouring. In fact, it's been said that bagged milk goes bad less frequently than milk in a carton or a jug, since the bags are one liter, whereas cartons and jugs are usually two liters. Bagged milk can be a strange sight for some, but take in consideration that takes up less room in the fridge, since cartons and jugs can be pretty bulky. Also, having less plastic jugs and glass bottles is a lot more environmentally friendly.

19 Money That Looks Like It Came From A Boardgame

If you've ever held Canadian currency you'd think you were holding fake money from a board game. Canadian bills are very colorful compared to U.S. money. Each Canadian bill is a different color. The five-dollar bill is blue, the ten-dollar bill is purple, the twenty-dollar bill is green, the fifty-dollar bill is red, and so on. For one and two dollars, instead of using paper bills, Canadians use loonies (one-dollar coins) and toonies (two-dollar coins.) The Canadian bills are actually pretty cool with all their different colors and it also makes it a lot easier to tell which is a five dollar bill and a twenty dollar bill.

18 A Stress-Free Workday

A stress-free workday? Does that even exist? In fact, work life in Canada is way less stressful than in the United States. According to a 2014 Gallup report, it was estimated that the average American worker works 47 hours per week, compared to full-time workers in Canada who work between 36 to 40 hours a week. It appears that Canadians know how to manage their work life with their social lives, not saying the people in the U.S. don't, however, not having to work too many hours allows for more family and friend time. Let's also mention vacation time. Companies in the U.S. aren't legally required to offer a paid vacation, but in Canada workers who have worked less than five years at a company are given two weeks paid vacation a year. Canadians who have worked longer at a company are given even more time off for vacation.

17 Plenty Of Work Breaks

Let's also mention that in Canada, there are a lot more work breaks. While a U.S. worker is given an hour or so lunch break, Canadian workers are entitled to a 30-minute break every five hours and a 24-hour break each week. No one likes to be stuck at their desk for hours, so it makes sense to give workers a few minutes to relax, catch their breath and later get back to work with a clear mind. According to Psychology Today, during tedious tasks and working non-stop, a workers ability to focus actually gets harder each minute. Breaks can "replenish" the psychological costs associated with working hard, improve work performance, and boost energy.

16 How Good They Are At Hockey

Canadians regard their country as the birthplace of hockey, so it makes sense that our neighbors to the north excel at the sport. Hockey was invented in Canada in the 19th century in Montreal, and since then, Canadians have become widely passionate about it. Hockey is Canada's National Winter Sport and is also a huge part of the culture and heritage of the Canadian people. Canadians take pride in the sport and one of the reasons may be because hockey incorporates values that many Canadians respect, including, teamwork, discipline, strength, humility, and triumph.

15 Canadian Sayings

It appears that many Americans still don't understand why Canadians include "eh" to the end of their statements. Many people, who are not Canadians make fun of this and Canadians are not particularly amused by it either, but in actuality, Canadians usually add "eh" at the end of their comments, turning it into a question that should be answered in a friendly reply. According to Atlas Obscura, "eh" is what's known as an invariant tag - something added on to the end of a sentence that's the same every time it's used. It is just like saying, "It's a nice day, isn't it?" The use of "isn't it" prompts a response, just as "eh" does the same thing.

14 How "Nice" Canadians Are

Canadians are known for being welcoming and friendly and you can't find anything wrong with that. Even former president Barack Obama once stated, “Our Canadian friends can be more reserved, more easy going.” So it’s great to hear that a country can have such a great reputation. Canadians have also been known for always apologizing, using the word "sorry" more than usual and in times when they haven't even done anything wrong. They certainly shouldn't apologize for how nice they are and maybe people in the United States should learn a thing or two about how kindness can go a long way from Canadians.

13 Having Two Official Languages

Both English and French are recognized as the official languages of Canada. Believe it or not, both French and English are used in the country's federal government institutions, which means Canadians are entitled to communicate in either language and receive services from federal government institutions in their preferred language. Just like the United States, there are a variety of languages spoken in Canada, but French and English are just the official ones. You can hear Canadians speaking French in Quebec, where 95% of people speak the language and 45% of the people are bilingual. The majority of people living in Canada know how to speak English.

12 Free Healthcare

This is a major topic for both U.S. citizens and Canadian people. Canadian healthcare works like Medicare, but it includes everyone in Canada. Healthcare in Canada is free and covers pretty much everything. Canada has the luxury to provide its people with free healthcare, while America does not, and it is a never-ending debate. While there are many different healthcare plans for Americans to choose from, these plans can come at a cost and it is something not every American is so happy about or can afford. A 2009 Harris-Decima poll found that a whopping 85% of Canadians preferred their healthcare system to the one in the United States.

11 Exotic Meats At Grocery Stores

If you have ever been to a grocery store in Canada, you'll notice that the meat section has a lot more variety than your typical beef, chicken, pork and turkey options. In fact, while you’re browsing, you might spot exotic meats like camel, ostrich, horse, venison, and rabbit. Between 2010 and 2015, consumption of exotic meats actually grew an average of 10.6%, which means that Canadians really do enjoy the taste of camel during dinnertime. Canadian chefs are also experimenting with exotic meats at restaurants, trying out animals like quail, elk and even kangaroo in their dishes. If you don't mind trying out some of these meats, you should make your way to Canada.

10 Enjoying Winter

You don't hear people in the U.S. talking about how much they enjoy shoveling snow off their cars or streets during winter and you definitely don't hear many U.S. citizens admiring the freezing weather. However, in Canada, people actually enjoy winter and all that comes with it. Canadians embrace the cold and the snow and actually make this treacherous season quite fun. When the city's canal freezes in Ottawa, people put up food stands and live bands play, and you'll even see people ice skating to work. There is even a two-week celebration called Winterlude that includes ice sculptures, an indoor/outdoor Beerfest and live performances.

9 How Clean It Is

Many big cities in the United States aren't exactly the cleanest places. You'll find rats scurrying in subway stations with pizzas in their mouths and garbage sitting out in the hot sun on every street corner. Canadians strive to keep their country clean, and while the nation is much bigger than the United States and a lot fewer people, Canadian manage to do their best to keep Canada pristine. Canada is a lot cleaner than the states, and so much so, that when a director is filming a movie in Toronto and needs to disguise the city to look like New York City, set directors not only add New York signs, they also add more garbage to recreate a real N.Y. city street!

8 A Canadian Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary's are usually served during brunch on a Sunday, after that terrible hangover from going out the night before. While Canadians like a good drink after a hangover too, the Bloody Mary isn't exactly the same. The national cocktail in Canada is called The Caesar and it is similar to a Bloody Mary, using vodka, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, but instead of tomato juice, The Caesar uses Clamato juice, a juice flavored with spices and clam broth. The drink was invented in 1969, by a restaurateur named Walter Chell, from Calgary, Alberta. Chell invented the drink to celebrate the opening of a new Italian restaurant in the city.

7 Ketchup Chips

If you are one of those people who love putting ketchup on everything then you'll love ketchup chips. These chips, only found in Canada, are kind of like putting ketchup on fries since chips are made from potatoes just like French fries. However, we do not see chips like this in America, and if you really want them, you're going to have to make a special trip to Canada for them, which according to Narcity, people actually do. While Americans have a bunch of chip options, they haven't had anything like ketchup chips.

6 A Laid Back Lifestyle

With more stress-free work days, more breaks during work, and paid maternity and paternity leave, there is no wonder why Canadians are so kind and nice. People living in Canada are also said to have a more laid-back lifestyle as opposed to people living in the United States. According to the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development, Canada comes in higher on the Better Life Index than other nations. We mentioned that Canadians work fewer hours per year, which doesn't mean they don't work hard, they just know how to use that extra time to balance work and family.

5 A Bunch Of Holidays

There is a holiday celebrated almost every month in Canada. With a lot more holidays to celebrate, it means that Canadians have more days off from work and can use these days to relax and spend time with friends and family. Canada even has holidays dedicated to families called Family Day, where Canadian families are encouraged to go out and enjoy the day with their loved ones. There are so many holidays, that some Canadians don't even know they exist, but they sure are glad for them because that means they get a day off of work. Americans definitely can't wrap their heads around this one.

4 Canada's Population Is A Lot More Manageable

Canada has a smaller population than the United States, which means that their population is a lot more manageable. Canada has a population of over 36 million people and they all live within the 9.985 million km. The United States has a whopping 325 million people all living within 9.834 million km. Those numbers mean that there are a lot more people living in a small area compared to that of Canada's. While there are parts of Canada that people just cannot live in, it still is way more manageable and people have the option to move elsewhere if they feel like they are surrounded by too many individuals.

3 Toys "R" Us Is Still Alive In Canada

It broke our hearts when all Toys "R" Us locations closed down in the United States. Where is a child supposed to go when they want to be surrounded by awesome toys? If you are in Canada, you're in luck. Toys "R" Us remains open in the nation with Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd purchasing 82 stores in Canada this past June for a whopping $300 million. So while Toys "R" Us will end up remaining a thing of the past for Americans, it won't for Canadians, who get to enjoy all the glory of this wonderful toy store.

2 Canada Is More Open Minded

Not only are Canadians more kind and nice than Americans, they are also always looking forward and manage to keep up with the times. In 2005, Canada became the fourth country in the world and the first outside of Europe to legalize same-gender marriage. It took America ten years to legalize same-gender marriage. Canadians also have a very positive attitude when it comes to welcoming immigrants. In a 2015 survey, 8-out-of-10 Canadians said that immigrants coming to the country have a positive economic impact. Americans have been back and forth with the issue of immigrants coming to the nation for quite some time.

1 Longer Maternity Leave

There is a big difference between the U.S. and Canada when it comes to welcoming a child into the world. In America, new mothers are allowed to take 12 weeks of unpaid leave, with only some companies offering to pay just to attract workers. However, in Canada, a mother can take anywhere from 17 to 52 weeks to leave their jobs and take care of their newborn. At the end of those weeks, employers are required to accept the employee back and give them the same pay and benefits. A new father is also allowed to take paternal leave after their baby is born.

References: thetakeout.com, atlasobscura.com, ctvnews.ca, psychologytoday.com