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How do you count floors in buildings?

 

I wanted to check something I've learned from my English teachers in Russia. Is it true that in the UK people use the term "ground floor" for the floor above the ground and the next one up is "the first floor" etc? While in the US you start counting from the "first floor"?
How about Australia and other English speaking countries?;)
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    I believe that in the U.S. and here in Canada, the ground floor is the first floor. I learned this when I moved to where I am now and told the movers over the phone that I lived on the first floor, which I thought was the floor above the ground floor. They weren't prepared at all to go up and down an outdoor L-shaped staircase like this one!

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