United States of America

Learn the most important information about the destination country for your time in the United States of America here.

The USA is a country of 50 states that occupy a large part of North America, with Alaska in the northwest of the continent and Hawaii in the Pacific. The most important cities on the Atlantic coast are New York, a global financial and cultural center, and the capital Washington, DC. The metropolis of Chicago in the Midwest is known for its influential architecture. Hollywood on the west coast, which is part of Los Angeles, is a famous location for the film industry.

Facts about the United States


Capital City

Washington D.C.

DACHSER & KOLB: Population


331.9 million

DACHSER & KOLB: Surface Area

Surface Area

3,796,928.627 mi² or 9.834.000 km²

DACHSER & KOLB: Continent


North America

DACHSER & KOLB: Official Language

Official Language

(American) English


US Dollar (USD)


The political system of the United States comprises the state institutions, the political decision-making processes and their results as the sum of the laws and regulations in the United States. It is based on the Constitution of 1787, which in turn incorporates Enlightenment theories of government. Due to its historical development, the foreign policy of the United States has become an unusually strong constant of the political system. In the 2019 Democracy Index, the United States ranks 25th out of 167 countries, making it an "incomplete democracy".

In the United States, the Democratic and Republican parties occupy the largest shares of the political landscape. It is therefore not unusual for the elections, which take place every four years, to usually see a Democratic candidate (most recently: Joe Biden) and a Republican candidate (most recently: Donald Trump) facing each other.

Political elections in the USA take place as follows. Every four years at the beginning of the election year, the respective party candidate is chosen internally. Voters do not vote directly for the president, but elect electors in their state. These electors represent a party. There are a total of 538 electors and the candidate who wins more electors in the respective state receives all the votes in that state. Whoever ends up with the majority of the 538 electors wins the presidential election.

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Due to its size, the United States has many different climate zones. It is a very diverse country in terms of nature. Parts of the USA have a tropical climate, such as Florida and Hawaii. In others, there is heat and drought where a desert extends over large areas of the country, as in Nevada. In the north of the United States, the temperature reaches minus degrees. But mild areas are not uncommon either.

The country has something to offer for every type of climate due to its diversity in terms of climate and nature. It is not unusual to spend your vacation within the country, as there is a lot to see.

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Healthcare in the United States is of an excellent standard, characterized by state-of-the-art facilities and highly qualified doctors. Unlike in many other countries, there is no general statutory health insurance in the USA. Instead, many citizens bear their own medical costs, drawing on their savings. However, one alternative is to take out private health insurance to ensure financial security in the event of an emergency.

The public health insurance programs in the USA include Medicare, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. Despite the outstanding quality of healthcare, it is important to note that the US has the highest healthcare expenditure in the world. Therefore, adequate health insurance coverage is highly recommended to manage potentially high medical costs.

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The United States has a gross domestic product per capita of 80,035 US dollars. The Gini coefficient of wealth describes the distribution of wealth in Germany. The indicator is an established, internationally comparable measure of wealth inequality. It is measured on a scale from zero to one. The higher the value, the greater the inequality. The Gini coefficient in the USA is expected to be 0.42 in 2024 (source: Statista).

In general, it can be said that the USA has a good standard of living. According to the national accounts in 2022, it can be deduced that the USA's gross domestic product per capita was 57% higher than that of Germany. The GDP per capita allows conclusions to be drawn about the standard of living in the respective country, but large parts of the United States are still characterized by poverty and it depends on which states you are in the USA

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National holiday


Independence Day

Special features for electrical appliances in the USA

In general, there are two challenges if you want to use electrical appliances from another country: firstly, the plugs in the USA are different to those in Europe, and secondly, the voltage is different. In the USA, the voltage is 110 volts, whereas in Germany, Austria and Switzerland it is 230 volts.

However, there are some electrical appliances that are compatible with both voltages. In the case of chargers for laptops, cell phones and digital cameras, it can now be assumed that they can be operated with both 110V and 230V. It is therefore sufficient to use a simple adapter to be able to use these devices in the American power grid as usual. Find out in advance about the chargers for your electrical appliances.

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FAQs for your stay in the United States

What does a move to the USA cost?

This cannot be said across the board. The cost of a move to the USA depends on a number of factors. On the one hand, it depends on whether the move is carried out by air or sea freight. On the other hand, the volume of the move is also very important. The more goods that need to be shipped, the higher the transportation costs. You can use our price calculator to calculate your costs for a move to the USA or another country with just a few clicks and receive a non-binding quote.

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