14 Things People Say Are Normal In Europe But Wouldn’t Fly In The States

There are different cultures all over the world, even in places like America, Europe, and Australia that are far too big to ever really be homogenous. And whatever you assume about how things are the same all over the world, I promise you that most of the time, you’ll be wrong.

Like in these 14 cases of how society works in Europe…but definitely not in America.

14. Naked isn’t s*xual.

At least in Germany, nudity. No one cares if you’re naked, no one thinks you’re a s*x offender, no one thinks it’s even s*xual to be naked unless you’re actively having s*x, and no one makes it weird.

You can be naked in public parks to soak up sun, on beaches, swim naked in lakes. Saunas are all naked, mixed s*x areas in spas and saunas are naked with no issues and in general, it’s just not an issue.

13. The fresh air is nice.

Leaving you baby to sleep in a stroller outside. Be it at home on the balcony/garden or outside a restaurant.

It’s pretty much the norm here in Denmark. Babies in strollers everywhere. It is pretty insane when you think about it, but as far as I know, no babies has been stolen so far.

12. BUT the toilets are clean. I’m in.

Charging to use the toilet.

11. Hard to believe.

Not tipping your server in a restaurant.

Europeans only tip when they feel satisfied with the service

some people tip really wildly, some just round off the price

some ask the staff directly if they are allowed to keep the tips….

10. No smoking bans.

The amount of people who still smoke. Especially smoking in restaurants restaurants. Nothing like sitting in a beautiful cafe and having someone at the table next to you light up just as your food arrives.

Also putting tobacco in weed.

9. Personal space much?

Sitting a foot away from a complete stranger and then completely ignoring them.

8. This all sounds nice.

Oh man… europe has so many different countries. Something that is completely normal where I live could be frowned upon as soon as I cross the next border. But in general we tip for good service, not bc we have to. A rude waitress won’t get tipped by me.

Also we usually remove our shoes before we enter a home. And yep, “free” healthcare.

7. Totally normal!

Not being circumsized.

Look at our little angel, almost perfect! Let’s remove a part of his penis to make him perfect!

6. They’re not refrigerated, either.

Not chemically washing eggs.

European eggs would be illegal in the US and vice versa.

5. Naked kids are normal.

Kids being naked at water play areas.

When I was about 10, I took my American friend to a playpark that had a water feature to play in. We were making our way to the water play section when a girl, I’d say about 2 was walking naked towards us. My American friend was mortified, and it took a lot of explaining that this was normal.

4. Clutch your pearls.

Songs with swear words being broadcasted on the radio, or swear words not being covered with a beep tone on tv.

It’s always felt weird to me that Americans are all about being free and freedom of speech but then again they are scared of some stupid words.

3. Drinks anytime!

The casual drinking culture. Not so much how low the drinking age is but how comfortable some people are drinking first thing in the morning and before work

2. It doesn’t have to be s*xual.

When I was studying architecture in Prague, the dorms that turned into a hostel in the summer had co-ed showers with private stalls. Everyone took their shower in the stall and then toweled off in the common area together.

By the time summer rolled around you would have men, women, and children all nude and toweling off together. Here in the states people are losing their minds about trans people sharing a bathroom.

1. Take that, porch pirates!

Mailman doesnt leave packadges unattended on your porch. He eather gives you it on the doorstep or you go get it at the post office. Much less infureating than getting it stolen or thrown accros your yard by a mailman…

Some of these really surprised me, and I honestly think I might like it?

What about you? Do you think America should adopt any of these practices? Tell us which and why in the comments!