If you’ve lived in the same city or town all your life, you probably are very familiar with the culture and laws that govern the region. These have been consistent throughout your life, they’re all that you’ve ever known. Reality is, these standards are not consistent across the globe.
Different geographic regions all have very different ideas on the best ways to organize a country. From small things such as adolescent curfew times to major differences in how crime is prosecuted, every aspect of life is impacted by policies implemented by the government. These make everyday life look a lot different in different countries and regions.
It’s easy to forget that your normal is not the same normal for everyone else on the planet. It’s always interesting to see things from a different perspective by learning about laws in other countries. Here are three major ways that are very different depending on your geographic location.
The Ability to Work
In order to experience the different laws in foreign countries, you first have to get into the country – which can be a more complex process than it sounds. Immigration policies are one thing that is the most inconsistent across the globe.
If you’re permanently relocating, you’ll probably need to obtain a work visa in order to build your income. This process is nothing short of confusing. Some countries require an in-depth interview and criminal background check, while others will process your application in just four days.
For starters, traffic laws are very different across borders. In some instances, traffic laws can be extremely specific, though they may not be as strictly enforced as others such as speeding. Some countries even have regulations on the cleanliness of your car.
There are also places that have ditched cars entirely, forcing residents to find an alternative mode of transportation to get around. This reduces pollution, the risk of car accidents, and never ending commutes at the small cost of convenience.
Earning an Education
Many students travel outside of their country borders to seek out a higher education, either for better opportunities or cultural experiences. Those students will quickly recognize that the education system is among the many facets of life that are treated differently in different regions.
From tuition costs to residential offerings, there’s a lot of discrepancies in universities across the globe. Adjusting to college is hard enough on its own, not to mention the added pressure of adapting to a new country.
If you’re traveling to a new country long-term, it doesn’t hurt to do some research on things that may not be the same as your homeland. These are just 3 major areas that countries may look different in. Truthfully, there are endless ways the culture you know and love won’t match a new geographic area.
While at some times the world feels so small, it can also feel overwhelming large with cultural differentiations that set us apart from one another. Noticing these differences is not only enlightening, it also helps us grow as people and overcome individual biases.