What European Things Do People In Other Countries Find Weird?

What European Things Do People In Other Countries Find Weird?


Today we’ll be flipping a recent show called
‘American Things Europeans Find Weird’, a clip that didn’t sit well with some of
our viewers. We should first provide the disclaimer that
these kinds of shows focus on either stereotypes or behavior that might be common, but certainly
not traits belonging to everyone of a certain country or continent. Not all Englishmen are habitual tea drinkers
and not all French folks have a penchant for reciting romantic poetry, and no, a good deal
of Americans don’t take their beloved Smith and Wesson to the shopping mall. We also understand that Europe is a very diverse
place with countless cultures, but what we’ll attempt to do today is present traits, habits
or actions that happen in Europe and are perhaps common, that could be construed as strange
to visitors. With that said, welcome to this episode of
the Infographics Show, European Things Other Countries Find Weird. Don’t forget to subscribe and click the
bell button so that you can be part of our Notification Squad. We’ll start with food. Now, depending on where you come from in Europe,
eating habits change dramatically. If you visit places such as France, Italy,
or Spain, you might find that food is much more than sustenance and meal times are quite
a cultivated matter. In Italy, you could expect to take a two hour
lunch, sometimes with wine, on a workday! Food matters. In France or Spain, dinner might last all
night, and again, wine is often there at the table. Dinner is often sacrosanct, and it’s a time
for sharing and talking, and often many courses are served. For most visitors to these countries, if they
end up being invited to a family dinner, they will often be pleasantly surprised by the
sheer volume of treats and also the wonderful conviviality. You may also find that once you have made
the acquaintance of some Europeans, they can be quite tactile and for some people get a
little too close. While in some Southern European cultures,
you might find men, just friends, holding hands as they walk down the street, it’s
not uncommon in Italy, Portugal, France or Russia for men to cheek kiss as a sign of
friendship. You might have to be very close to that person,
but once you’ve established a close bond, this is something you may have to get used
to. After visiting France, you could be in England
an hour later, and try to kiss a man on his cheek there, and he may take offense. One thing people might find peculiar about
the English is their orderliness and sometimes utilitarian nature. In England, compared to the continent, people
can be quite serious about things. This could be how much emphasis they put on
an orderly queue, or even how much they espouse not making a fuss. Some people call this the stiff upper lip,
meaning someone shows great restraint. You’ll find people don’t complain much
in restaurants, or even are quite nice to someone who they hate – if not pushed to
the extreme. But the English are also renowned for their
propriety in times of adversity, much the reason why Rudyard Kipling once wrote, “Only
mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.” He was referring to English people dressing
up in the hot tropics during the time of Empire. Anything to keep up appearances. We will now move over to the Netherlands,
a country that has surprised many visitors time and again. One of the most shocking things to people
is Amsterdam, first with its rather open and diverse red light district, but perhaps more
so because there are cafes you can go in and choose from quite a lengthy menu of marijuana. In most countries, you might find drugs and
prostitution in rundown parts of town, but in Amsterdam these days, it is quite safe
and also picturesque. Another thing you might find strange in the
Netherlands is the amount of bicycles and how they crazily zip about. The Dutch respect their bikes, and drivers
must respect them, too. In the Netherlands, there is even a special
way to open a car door so there is no way you will open it on someone passing by on
a bicycle. This involves opening the door with the hand
farthest away from the handle. Kudos to the Dutch for coming up with that. Some people call it the “Dutch Reach”
and it’s a lifesaver. If you are going to spend a significant amount
of time in Europe, you might come across the most passionate, and sometimes scariest sports
fans you’ll ever see. While football hooliganism is sometimes said
to be a British thing, most infamous in the 70s and 80s, it is widespread across Europe. People literally die for the game, or their
team. In Eastern European countries, such as Poland,
the Czech Republic, Turkey, or Croatia, you’ll find supporters with units that look more
like Special Forces. In Italy, Spain, and the UK, supporters at
once cry over the beautiful game and then later vent their anger by tearing up parts
of cities. You will find this in other parts of the world,
such as countries in South America, but let’s say if your average Canadian got caught up
in this, they might find it rather peculiar. If you were to come across some hooligans
and made a run for it, you might find that you easily got lost. European cities are old and weren’t designed
using easy-to-navigate systems. You could say many cities in Asia are relatively
new cities in terms of them being built up to modern standards, and most American cities
were created in a block system. Wandering through alleyways in Rome, following
those country roads in the Scottish countryside, or navigating the cobblestone streets of Dubrovnik,
is one of the highlights of any trip. But before GPS came about, getting lost was
assured. Let’s say you are lost, and you stop at
a local bar for a drink. One of the great things about some places
in Europe is the homy feel of some of these old establishments. They might open ‘til very late, or people
in some parts of Europe may not even go out until 11pm. In more rural communities, you might still
find people driving after a few drinks, and in most parts of Europe, you won’t be blasted
with AC while having to endure sports on 6 TVs. While you’ll find American style sports
bars in Europe, one charming thing you’ll still find is that the pub, the inn, the café,
will have a homely touch. You’ll also find in Europe that a lot of
young people get away with drinking. The age limit law in many European countries
may not so assiduously be enforced by pub owners or police. If you are American, you’ll also find that
police in most of Europe are not so much in your face as they are in the states. They seem to be a nicer breed of cop. If you are young and want to party, head to
Europe. Ironically, laws are laxer and there is, for
the most part, less crime. You might need a drink to calm your nerves
after you’ve experienced a day of watching nude people at the beach. Certainly in Spain and France, you’ll find
toplessness to be absolutely nothing out of the ordinary, and we are not talking about
nudist beaches. Go there a second time, and you’ll just
get used to it, and maybe even throw caution to the wind and strip yourself. As most of you are English speakers watching
this, or can understand English, we feel we must give you a word of warning if you visit
the UK. That warning is: You might not understand
people when they speak to you. You think you speak English and know what
it sounds like, and then you find yourself asking someone in Liverpool where the ‘The
Beatles Story’ museum is. What you hear back sounds like a foreign language. Down a few pints of Guinness in Dublin, and
start a chat with a guy with a very broad accent, and you’ll be equally confused. The accent can change from town to town, so
even if you fully understand a Mancunian (that’s someone from Manchester) you might have problems
following someone’s gist on the wonderful and wild moors of Yorkshire – and you’ve
only driven for 45 minutes. It’s actually fascinating to behold. We’ll leave you with that, and hope you
can see the delights of Europe one day. If you’ve already visited Europe, Let us
know in the comments what you found strange. Also, be sure to check out our other video
called Common Stereotypes About Americans! Thanks for watching, and, as always, don’t
forget to like, share, and subscribe. See you next time and happy travels!

100 comments on “What European Things Do People In Other Countries Find Weird?

  1. This video is stupid. You can't compare one country with over 20 countries that are very, very different from each other. Literally the stupidest comparison.

  2. Straight men holding hands on the street in France, Italy or Spain? I stopped watching there. Not offended by the statement, this simply proves a lot of desinformation.

  3. Go tell the Germans and the Swiss that English take things more seriously than in the continent. What a joke. You will see Portuguese men holding hands and kiss each other, if it is a 10 year old and his dad or if they are a couple. Many European cities were built by the romans, which means they were built in blocks, actually roads were often all parallel and perpendicular to each other.

  4. You say Europe is a very diverse place, Which is very true, But you proceed to speak of it as one country. There is a lot of difference between southern, western, central (Balkan) and eastern.

  5. The fact you think eating together with family and talking to eachother is weird just points out Americans have forgotten the importance of family.
    Add up you are a politically right sided country, this makes your culture VERY individualistic.
    Im puking at the thought of it.

  6. 1:39 Have you ever been to ANY place in Europe? Holding hands as male friends? We consider that super crazy gay. Its more suited to hit your fist in your friends shoulder.

    Also you say men Kiss eachother on the cheek in Russia.
    I hope you know homosexuality is illegal there. You are very bad at research.

  7. European cities are mostly organic, whereas most other places are colonial cities built around the same time as the New World – not all of them but most of them. The older Asian cities tend to be built in newer areas (Tokyo is mostly developed in the suburbs, Delhi went and built New Delhi, etc…)

  8. When I was visiting my boyfriend’s family in Poland, I had to sip the shot of moonshine — that is so strange! No one in Canada does that. We just drink it all at once.

  9. I cringe when Europeans overdress for occasions. In America you dress up for white collar jobs, funerals, weddings, or anniversary dinners. You do no need to dress up for the theater or Christmas dinner or a nite out on the town. Such a waste of time.

  10. I was in the south of France, as well as Italy for around 2 weeks. There were two occasions on which I saw two men greeting each other with a kiss on the cheek. As an Englishman, it shocked me to the core. I can confirm that it does happen occasionally in at least the part of southern Europe that I was in. However, whilst is was in Portugal several years earlier, I never saw this happening. Nonetheless, it is common in some parts of europe.

  11. Hey! Right on for showing female breasts and everyone just handling it maturely!
    No one flagging the video, they were animated competley normal and not sexualized, and no rude or lewd comments!
    Good job everyone! YouTube has come a long way!

  12. I'm Swedish and most English speaking People thinks our language is very hard to understand like saying hello how are you is hej hur mår du or hey wanna buy some icecream is hej vill du köpa glass

  13. You have cafe’s and drug coffeshop these are different things (The netherlands). And if you live in Amsterdam you never go to The coffee shop.

  14. West: Germany, France, UK, Central: Czech republic, Poland, Hungaria, Slovakia – V4, East: Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, North: Scandinavian lands, South: Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece

  15. In finland we can always tell a tourist and a finn apart. Because finns don't stand right next to each other or make small talk. Please if you come here try to respect the way we live. ( not every tourist or finn is like this)

  16. Turkey is not European countries. You'll see if you come to Turkey a complete Europe Asia mix.
    But, we don't care if we are already in Europe. We are originally from Central Asian.

  17. Things I see weird about Europe is they are very tame about people smoking in public in the u.s. eats a hated thing

  18. Just a heads up – Irish people don’t wear kilts!!!! You’re thinking of Scotland: literally a different country. If you want to make a video about “Europe” at least know what the traditional dress is! 🤦🏼‍♀️

  19. You must of forgetten about when Vancouver lost the Stanley Cup Final in 2011 and rioted, they also rioted when they lost in 1994 but not as bad

  20. Europeans, lets agreed in a couple of things, Czechia is not east europe, east start in Poland/ hungary.

  21. Jezus Christ, there’s more to the Netherlands than prostitution, marijuana and bikes. The Dutch culture is great and id definitely recommended going there

  22. All these Europeans getting offended. Ignorance exists everywhere in the world. The U.S. is very big, and every state is like a different country. I bet most Europeans only know about New York, California, Florida, and Texas.

  23. Yeah the kising thing is a way to greet someone it comes from the upper class
    Also as a European I find weird that fast food is fast food>normal food also STOP putting kechup on pizza you savages!!!

  24. When you have called Poland East European, I am pretty sure you did not know that the centre of Europe is in the eastern side of that exact country.

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