Keir Plaice makes some good points. Northern Europe, which is not only more Protestant, but also much more secular, is far less likely to be bound up in traditions, thus making it more like so much of North America. Like Northern vs. Southern Europe, North, especially Northeastern and Northwestern America are far less tradition-bound than the deep South, where a culture so many of us Northwesterners find abhorrent, is entrenched: endemic racism, extreme religious fundamentalism, etc. Maybe it’s the climate differences; cooler temperatures foster more innovation and more “live-and-let-live,” while in hotter regions, it’s more hunker down and endure, as well as just less interest in innovation and trying the new.
And…good luck with your search for a decent bed.