I'm from Spain and here is used more Symfony2 than Laravel.
In the US I understand that the framework par excellence is Laravel.
What are the differences? Look very similar.
Creator of Laravel explains here: https://www.reddit.com/r/PHP/comments/1bdln1/symfony2_vs_laravel/
Laravel is a framework written on top of Symfony2 with other addons.
Take a look at Creator of Laravel's on Symfony vs Laravel debate.
Good interview. Thanks Saquib.