25 Ways the UK Triumphs Over the United States

Posted by , Updated on March 23, 2024

Okay, we should clarify this from the start. This list is purely created for humor and should not be taken seriously. We hold a great deal of respect and love for both the United States and the United Kingdom. Our intention is not to cause any conflict. This entire list is meant to incite laughter, even if it does come at the expense of the UK to some extent. (losing in sports they themselves came up with?) Hence, we kindly request you to not perceive it in an offensive manner.

While there are things that the UK does legitimately do better than the US, there are also things that the US does better than the UK. It flows both ways. For the purposes of our list, however, we chose to present it in this way for no specific reason as it is rather easy to pick on both countries!

So, if you have never been to the UK or the US, we highly recommend you visit. At least once. As it stands, it isn’t even all that different. Both countries speak English, have a common history, and share a similar culture, but there are still things that can be quite different. That is what we are trying to highlight in this list. Having said that, these are 25 Areas In Which the United Kingdom Totally Triumphs Over the United States!


Featured Image: wikipedia


Displaying actual prices

Displaying actual pricesImage: Paul Swansen via Flickr, Source: wikipedia

In most US states, you don’t pay the price on the product. You pay the price + the tax. In Britain, the tax is included.



ComplainingSource: 9gag

Nobody complains better than the British. Nobody.



DocumentariesImage: pixabay, Source: 9gag

Two words – David Attenborough.


Electric plugs

Electric plugsImage: amazon, Source: wikipedia

First off, the voltage is higher. It’s 220 vs only 110. But guess what? British plugs also have significantly better safety features. More power, more safety.



BathroomsImage: pixabay, Source: thoughtcatalog

In America, if someone wants to check if a stall is occupied they just peek through the gap. In Britain, this would never work; there is no gap.



RoundaboutsImage: pixabay, Source: 9gag

The British obsession with these is warranted. Even the MythBusters showed they were more effective than traffic lights.


Messing with France

Messing with FranceSource: 9gag

As the British say, “France is a beautiful country; the only downside is that it’s filled with French people.”

Note: C’est seulement une blague. Nous vous aimons.


Having their flag put on other flags

Having their flag put on other flagsImage: pixabay, Source: 9gag

Even a US state has the Union Jack on it (Hawaii).


Losing at their own sports

Losing at their own sportsSource: reddit

Britain invents soccer (that’s why they used to call it that) and then can’t win at it. America invents basketball and then can’t lose at it.



CopsImage: pixabay, Source: wikipedia

On average, American police kill more civilians in 1 month than British police kill in 2 decades.


Electing third party candidates

Electing third party candidatesSource: reddit

Ok, it’s not like this happens regularly, but it definitely happens more than never. And that is exactly how often it happens in the US.


Interested in learning more about the United Kingdom? Check out 25 Barely Believable Trivia About The United Kingdom.


Date Format

Date FormatImage: pixabay, Source: 9gag

Smallest to largest. Doesn’t that make sense?


Understating things

Understating thingsImage: pixabay, Source: 9gag

During World War II, when Britain was being bombed almost constantly, Churchill referred to it as the “unpleasantness.” That just about sums it up.


Cheaper real food

Cheaper real foodImage: pixabay, Source: reddit

In the US, only fake food is cheaper.


The metric system

The metric systemSource: 9gag

They don’t do it perfectly, but they definitely do it better.



TeaImage: pixabay, Source: thoughtcatalog

In Britain, teas are small, hot, and lightly sweetened. In the US they are big, cold, and stuffed with diabetes.


Playing the villain

Playing the villainSource: thoughtcatalog

If the bad guy isn’t Russian, he’s British.



EmpireSource: wikipedia

Even today, the Queen is still the head of State in 15 different countries.


Rolling cheese

Rolling cheeseImage: pixabay, Source: wikipedia

Only in Britain will you find a bunch of people chasing cheese down a hill (Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake).



NHSImage: pixabay, Source: reddit

In the US, people declare bankruptcy because of hospital visits. In the UK, you don’t.

Note: The NHS is paid for by taxes, but even then, the US spends over $8,000 per person every year for healthcare, while in the UK it’s only around $3,000.




MarketingImage: pixabay, Source: thoughtcatalog

Or rather, the lack of it. In America, they actually stop live sporting events for the sake of adverts. And lets not get started on infomercials or medication advertisements.


Keeping calm

Keeping calmSource: reddit

Just check the news coverage of Ebola. In the US, you would think the world was ending. In the UK, it was just another news story.



TaxesImage: pixabay, Source: reddit

For the Americans out there, in Britain, you have PAYE. It’s how the government collects taxes, and its incredibly convenient. As an employee you don’t have to fill out a single form, ever. In the US, the IRS could implement this system as well, but the tax industry is a huge lobby, so don’t expect to stop filling out W-2 forms or 1099 forms any time soon.



NewsImage: pixabay, Source: reddit

The BBC. Need we say more?

Note: The US has NPR, but nobody watches that. It’s not sensational enough. Let’s get some CNN and Fox up in here!


Faster internet

Faster internetImage: pixabay, Source: thoughtcatalog

Dear America, you invented this thing. Why does Mount Everest have faster internet than you?


If you enjoyed this list, take a look at this one: 25 Common Misconceptions About The United States That Simply Aren’t True.