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Friendly European

Friendly European

Friendly European

Europe is a large continent with a varied selection of cultures and people. Many of those who are looking to enjoy a holiday in Europe then will be looking for different things, but a vast majority will hope for a friendly European experience, particularly those who are hoping to spend a longer stretch of time there, and who are hoping to speak to more of the locals and sample living and working in the country. Of course different places in Europe offer different things, so if you want a friendly European experience then this will depend to a large extent on where you decide to visit.

The majority of people who visit the continent will find the people very welcoming and will describe meeting many a friendly European resident who helps them navigate to their destination, or who helps them with some of the local customs. Some of the most friendly European countries and regions include Greece, where you can expect lots of friendly faces all happy to see you, and the same can be said about places like Southern France, and Northern England where you can expect the general population to be very chatty and forthcoming.

However other places in Europe may seem less friendly for a number of reasons and it’s important to understand this before you go. Firstly, if you are visiting a capital city – particularly Paris or Rome – you might find that the population are somewhat less patient with you. Many people describe those in Paris as ‘purposely’ not speaking English, though this is hard to prove either way. The reason often for this is that the capital cities have a faster pace of living, and that the people here will be in a rush to get to their destinations. At the same time, those in these European cities are likely to encounter a high number of tourists as a result of their famous architecture and history. Thus a lot of the residents are slightly more ‘impatient’ with tourists who make their roads busier and their sites filled with queues. In order to get a slightly more friendly European experience in these regions then, ensure that you avoid the tourist season and try to be respectful and not get in the locals’ way. Taking some time out to learn the basics of the local language or to at least look as though you’ve made an effort can also help a lot, particularly in Paris.

Some people also claim that they find some of the locals in Germany rude, but this is often a misunderstanding. For instance, those who are used to orderly queuing for busses and transport may find it rude that they are likely to get pushed in front of – however this is simply the custom in Germany and if you understand this it may seem a lot less offensive. Similarly many people think that Southern England is a slightly less friendly European country – in reality those in Southern England are just more reserved and shy and this can come across as being less friendly. Another problem in some cases is language barrier – here you will find that much of Eastern Europe for instance is very friendly, but that travelling here – especially to the less built up areas – will present more language barriers.

Of course it is important not to generalise, and any region will have friendly and rude citizens just like everywhere else. However understanding the customs, learning a bit of the language, and heading to the right places at the right times can make a big difference.

27 Comments so far

  1. Farago   December 15, 2010 12:53 pm

    Indeed, there are a lot of friendly european people. I don’t like french people, though. They seem rude and impolite. They don’t really seem to respect foreigners. That’s why I can’t see them as friendly european citizens.

  2. Patricia   December 16, 2010 12:17 pm

    As mentioned on another post, I like Italian people. They are the most friendly european guys, in my opinion. They always helped us when needed. Not to mention that an old lady even invited us to dinner.

    So yeah, there are lots of friendly european people out there!!

  3. smiley   December 17, 2010 5:39 pm

    in general, friendly european people are like that because they are educated. you can’t see that many educated people nowadays, unfortunately. thanks to stress, lack of interest in socializing, people are not interested in being friendly anymore.
    so enjoy when meeting friendly european people.

  4. Vali   December 18, 2010 3:58 pm

    You can find friendly people anywhere. Not only in Europe. So I don’t think that these friendly european guys are in any way more special than others. I could find friendly people in US too. So don’t get too excited about friendly european persons.

  5. ela   December 20, 2010 11:48 am

    friendly european is friendly, haha. that is the quote of my geography teacher. he was very proud of the continent we are living in. said that friendly european people are like this because we have the richest culture around the world. i wouldn’t totally agree with him, but i agree with the fact that we have a friendly european continent.

  6. Angie   December 23, 2010 12:59 pm

    I visited Germany, Austria, and Switzerland as well as France during my 2 week stay in Europe. I will admit most of the people I encountered were very friendly. I only remember one instance where we had a little run it with a not so nice man. Other than that, everyone was willing to help. I knew a fair share of German and that was all, and they took the time to work with me and help me out. It was very nice.

  7. Joel   January 5, 2011 1:00 pm

    Friendly people are everywhere in this world. And if you ask me, there are not so many friendly european persons out there. Indeed they usually try to help tourists and stuff. But they seem quite cold. At least this is what I think about friendly european citizens.

  8. Piper   January 8, 2011 12:23 pm

    I will say that most of the time I am in Europe I have encountered very friendly people. My only bad experience was at a bank. I was exchanging my travelers cheques for Marks, and then man was not very friendly to me at all. He acted like it was an injustice for him to be having do this. And then he took some of my money. I purposely left a few marks on the counter to see if he would let me know I left them and he never said anything. I am sure he pocketed the money.

  9. Morgan   January 10, 2011 2:30 pm

    Friendly european are not that friendly :). Australians are friendlier, if you ask me. They seem more polite. And they are more likely to help you, when in need. So friendly european people are not friendlier than australian people :D

  10. Diego   January 16, 2011 2:22 pm

    Oh stop it. There isn’t such thing as a friendly european. Some people are friendly, some are not. It’s not about the continent they live in. I don’t think that friendly european people are more special than people on other continents.

  11. Mickey   January 22, 2011 7:58 am

    Yes I will say that Europeans are very friendly. While I have never been to Europe, we have had several foreign exchange students in my past 3 years of high school. One was from Germany and she was the sweetest girl I ever met. Two were from France and they would go the extra mile to help anyone in need. Even if they did not know you. So yes Europeans are very nice indeed.

  12. caron   February 4, 2011 9:37 am

    Most friendly European people I’ve met are from Romania.
    I can tell about them that even if from several points of view their country isn’t so developed, they can handle with everything.
    They are hard workers and ready to help you whenever you have a problem. They are not shy, at all, and they like to party.
    So, in my opinion most friendly European country is Romania.

  13. laura   February 20, 2011 5:53 am

    Umm, there are so many friendly European countries. Every country seems to have friendly European people that generally make you feel welcome.
    Every time I visit Europe, it’s impossible to not find some good, hospitable and friendly European people that always make me feel welcome.

    Indeed, there are people that are not friendly at all and that don’t deserve your respect. I don’t really care about their opinions and I always see my own way when I meet them.
    All I care is about good people and believe me that there are a lot of friendly European “things” there.

  14. Rolf   February 27, 2011 8:16 am

    Anywhere in Europe you will find friendly European things. Peoples or places, all want to make you feel welcomed.
    Some places have less friendly European people, but there still exist good people too.

    Recently I visited Greece. People there are very kind and their places are very welcoming. It’s one of my favorite countries.

  15. Rosalinda   March 21, 2011 11:44 am

    I agree with what you said about French. I visited Paris last year and French don’t want to speak English. Regarding this they are not friendly European people at all. I don’t understand why are they so proud?
    They also are not friendly European people, because they are very picky. I don’t like them at all.

  16. Abungu   March 22, 2011 3:59 am

    Rosalinda, I agree with what you said about French. They are not friendly European people at all.
    If there weren’t those friendly European places in France, I wouldn’t like to visit this country. France is a beautiful country just for its amazing tourist attractions. Otherwise French isn’t at all a friendly European country.

  17. macarena   April 1, 2011 9:55 am

    Why do you generalize when you say about French they are not friendly European people? I actually have a very good friend from France. I met him 10 years ago in my first trip to this country. He helped me to find a place to stay.
    France has friendly European people, too. Maybe you’ve just not met them.

  18. amadeus   April 3, 2011 1:03 pm

    The majority of people are very welcoming when you come in their country. I always met friendly European people when I visit a foreign country. I don’t know I but people like to make you feel welcome. I like to be treated this way. I like friendly European countries :D

  19. priscilla   April 8, 2011 6:56 am

    Not many countries have friendly European people. Good people are very rare.
    Recently I visited France and I didn’t meet many friendly European people there. I even had some unpleasant events.
    If I had known that I wouldn’t have visited this country.

  20. Leonardo   April 10, 2011 12:08 pm

    Priscilla, I agree with you. France isn’t a friendly European country at all. Few people are hospitable.
    I’ve visited this country twice and every time something bad happened to me.
    French are not at all friendly European people.

  21. Lulu   April 17, 2011 2:48 am

    There is true that some Germans are rude. I met some people, in Germany, who weren’t friendly European people at all. Last year I was in Germany and I asked for help. Germans looked weird at me and they continued to walk.
    Friendly European people are met hard in this country.

  22. Lilik   April 17, 2011 5:23 am

    Lulu, it is not true that Germans aren’t friendly European people. I met some good people in Germany. Perhaps those people you met were upset on something and they didn’t want to talk to you.
    I met some friendly European people in Germany. We are friends even now, after 3 years.

  23. Foxy   April 19, 2011 9:53 am

    From my experience most friendly European people are found in Germany. I have visited many countries in Europe and these people were the most helpful. They always gladly welcome you. Not to say that they really know how to party.
    Germans are, definitely, the most friendly European people.

  24. Cioco   May 8, 2011 11:28 am

    Because of its friendly European people, Europe is my favorite continent. Every time I visit a country from Europe I meet special people. They are very welcoming. They always like to make you feel good.
    In my opinion, the most friendly European country is Romania.

  25. Fares   August 14, 2011 5:17 am

    I have met many friendly European people in my trips. Every time I went in a foreign country there were people with whom I interact in a friendly mode. I have a lot of great memories with them.
    And there are people with whom I still keep in touch. And that is because I am too part of friendly European people.

  26. Titu   September 18, 2011 12:31 pm

    Polish are some of the most friendly European people. I realized this last summer when I was visiting Poland. Romanians and Germans are also friendly European people. They are very welcoming. I would really like to come back to these countries.

  27. Grill   September 18, 2011 1:14 pm

    Have you seen that friendly European countries are those not so powerful? For example Romania or Albania. Here I’ve met many friendly European people. But when I visited Italy or France I was disappointed. Those people were so indifferent

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