Countries That Are Not Using the Metric System

USAMetric is more than a band. It's a whole system. Canada converted to the metric system in 1970 and today only a few countries haven't adopted this system.

Here's a map showing countries using the metric system and those not.


Makes you wonder what the hold up is with our neighbours to the south.

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We havent totally adopted the metric many peoople know, off hand, how many Centimeters they are, or how many Kilograms they weigh?

Is Celcius a part of the metric system too?

February 9, 2010 @ 4:31 PM

David Tittle

The UK may have officially adopted the metric system but there is not much attempt to impose consistency. Hence strange situations like petrol sold in litres but car fuel efficiency always quoted in miles per gallon.

February 9, 2010 @ 4:36 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

In school, I've only ever been taught metric. I don't know Fahrenheit at all, we ran the 100m dash and I only drive in terms of km/hour.

But... I'm a sports fan, and the USA influence has made it so I think lbs before kgs when it comes to weight. And yes, I think human height in terms of feet, not metres.

But if they'd start reporting a basketball player's height in centimetres or a linebacker's weight in kilograms, I'd adapt quickly!

February 9, 2010 @ 4:39 PM


I like our crazy system, and I know enough metric to go back and forth (100 km = approx. 60 miles, 10C = 50F, 1 kilo = about 2.2 lbs., and so on.)

February 9, 2010 @ 5:34 PM

Fredericton Steve

what is metic?

February 9, 2010 @ 5:34 PM


PS. I remember in the 3rd and 4th grades (1989-1991) there was a big push in school for us to learn the metric system, the textbooks kept saying that the US was converting soon! :-D

February 9, 2010 @ 5:38 PM

What`s a 2x4 in metric?

Wheater, temperature, speed even buying meat by weight in metric is OK by me.

Height, weight and room size give me Imperial.

Next debate left hand versus right hand drive.

Mike find a map to show us who drives on which side of the road.

I wonder how many tourists step in front of vehicles in London, England because they look left instead of right?

February 9, 2010 @ 6:34 PM

Ajax Mike

Miss. Blogger, when I was in the UK over the past year I noticed that in the tourist sections and around the airport there were street signs up to remind you which way to look.

February 9, 2010 @ 6:48 PM

Buffalo Boy Mike

Mike, I was just going to post something about that myself, I honestly don't get this country, we say we are number one in everything yet we are too proud or inept take your pick to switch over to a metric system that really is easier.
Most people down here hear the word metric and they get scared when in reality its a lot easier based on the fact that its just powers of 10.
The units are so much easier to follow. Who wants to remember that 12 inches are in a foot and 5280 feet are in a mile and there are 32 ounces in a quart when you can just tack on a 0....10 milimeters in a centimeter, 100 centimeters in a meter, ....easy math....we make things so complicated....I think its inept, not pride...

February 9, 2010 @ 8:12 PM


@Toronto Mike - going from memory, actual conversion was 1977, not 1970.

@Dizzy - yes.

@Fredericton Steve - never heard of "metic".

@Buffalo Boy Mike - just to demonstrate a little further confusion, in Canada we used the Imperial system prior to metric, and in that system there are 40 ounces in an Imperial quart.

February 9, 2010 @ 8:56 PM

Mike please correct the spelling of weather in my earlier comment. I'm a victim of PPP, Phat Phinger Psyndrom.

Mississauga's soggiest blogger

February 9, 2010 @ 9:23 PM

Rick C in Oakville

I use a mix of both, height weight and building measurements are imperial, but everything else I can get along with.

I work with many US engineers who have been trained out of country and immigrated to the US and large number of drawings we receive are in Metric, so I would believe University Engineering grads are comfortable using it, just the common folk who aren't.

February 9, 2010 @ 9:51 PM


The Brits aren't totally metric. Weights and measures and temperature, yes. However they still use MPH and measure distance in miles. Then again, they still haven't managed to figure out good internal plumbing or the concept of cold drinks.

February 10, 2010 @ 4:05 AM

Mike from Lowville

America still thinks it's a Communist plot!

February 10, 2010 @ 9:33 AM


many Brits still say their weight in Stone. I met a girl who said she was 6 and a half Stone. didn't know what that was in pounds or even kilograms.

February 10, 2010 @ 4:23 PM


Your info is say that Canada went metric in 1970 - totally false. We (Canada) switched to metric in 1977. I know, I lived it.

July 29, 2013 @ 6:54 PM


We use ℃ in Canada and more and more (think most) Canadians are comfortable with that. We use km and km/h and are beginning to use litres per 100 km as out standard. We buy milk by the litre (not liter). Why? We started using it in its totality, no both at the same time and after a few transitional pains are doing very well with it. You can not learn a new language if you always get the English at the same time. It's called immersion.
The metric system is far and wide the better system, it is the transition the hurts. Government has to stop being politically cute by trying to have it both ways. As the US is in decline and we seek out markets in Asia and now the EU, it is time to once again give a push for full implementation. The US needs a wake up call or the world will leave it even further behind.

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