I hate watching Grand Designs and then there's someone who has ordered three glass insulation windows from Sweden (most likely the case, it may just have happened like two times or whatever but still!) and then it either takes forever or there's wrong measurements / doesn't work.
And then it has to be redone and then they are super-happy with the finished product because it turned out so good.
BUT they didn't got their directly!
(Sure windows may be one of those things which become more of a trouble in general in that show.. I still have a feel that maybe the people from UK built things quicker.)
I've also seen it where a team from the US came to build a house and they had brought a nail gun with them. It was just that the others didn't had any nail guns so now the build took a lot longer because people in Europe / in the UK nailed by hand.
And then you wonder why the US is the richer country with the higher salaries and is more competitive
(I'm from Sweden but I totally enjoy the English TV programs which is available here (which also is Sweden.))