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Old 05-14-2002, 06:30 PM   #1
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Are people friendlier in Europe than in North America ?

I'm from Canada and many immigrants from Europe have said that people just aren't outgoing and friendly over here .I have never travelled to Europe so I don't have first hand knowledge , but everyone says that on the whole , Europeans are way more hospitable and friendly . Like on the street peole greet strangers more , there is less fear and you can always find a place to stay if you don't know anyone . What can more experinced people tell me ?
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Old 05-14-2002, 06:42 PM   #2
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Old 05-14-2002, 06:45 PM   #3
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We're both exactly the same on both sides of the Atlantic. Its hard to generalise like that, if you ask a European if he or she is friendly, he or she will say it depends which part of Europe you're from.

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hmm. Hard to say. As a general rule, I'd say that Americans can *seem* more friendly, ie. smile, talk very openly, etc. As someone who grew up in Asia, I had a hard time when I came back to the States gauging where I really was with a person, because they acted all friendly, but then really turned out not to give a damn about me. lol. In my experience with Europeans, I have found them to be a slightly more reticent at first, but once you've earned their trust, you are true friends and they stick by you.

But of course that's all generalization based on one person's experience.
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Old 05-14-2002, 07:06 PM   #5
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Well, I can't speak for Europe, but I know in the states it depends on where you are, New York is known for being a bit unfriendly as opposed to say, Kansas City where everyone seems extrmemly friendly.

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Originally posted by 1mitnol:
I'm from Canada and many immigrants from Europe have said that people just aren't outgoing and friendly over here .I have never travelled to Europe so I don't have first hand knowledge , but everyone says that on the whole , Europeans are way more hospitable and friendly . Like on the street peole greet strangers more , there is less fear and you can always find a place to stay if you don't know anyone . What can more experinced people tell me ?
Well here is my own personal experience, for what its worth:

People in Toronto are either cold, or so completely paranoid that they are too scared to talk to you. Dont talk or even try to make eye contact with someone on a crowded train, they'll be secretly calling the mental police on you while youre not looking. And I pity you if you break down on the side of the road, you'll be lucky if one person stops to render help.

People in Europe, well at least in Germany, France, and Amsterdam, the places I've been too, were generally a little more receptive to a stranger giving them a nod. Help for subway directions etc was gladly offered, even if you didnt ask..I just LOOKED lost I suppose.

But, having been down the dangerous path of generalizations, there's definately good and bad everywhere.

Im just the type that likes to make eye contact with people and give a slight nod or gentle smile. When someone does it to me it brightens my day. For some reason when I do it to others they do everything they can to look the other way...kinda disheartening to be honest...




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Well, Gabriel, there are an awful lot of wackos on the TTC, if you ask me.
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people in Newfoundland are sooo friendly. Im from scarborough so anyone that doesn't shoot you is friendly.

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Yeah , I guess it varies within countries A lot of people say that in the American South people are more relaxed and easygoing than the money-driven East Coasters. It just seems to me that, in Vancouver anyway, if you are alone with someone in an elevator or a subway car it is very rare to be friendly and greet someone . Maybe just a polite nod of the head but that's it . I suppose it starts with us as individuals to be friendly to everyone we meet .
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England is a mix. Towns and cities friendly is really not the word. People are cold and cruel. People when you are walking around outside towns especially older people are generally friendly and say hello.

From what I have seen on my visits to Ireland they can be quite friendly a few however have a problem with the English but that is only a handfull out of what seems to be a pretty friendly sociable culture

USA seems friendly from my visits but also kind of false. I apologies if this offends anyone because I don't mean to. The constant "You're welcome" and "Have a nice day" just seem like lines out of a film and not true feelings of the people involved. That's just the impression given off.

Canada I have only been to the French Canadian parts but they seem pretty friendly if you make and effort to speak French even if badly they will then speak English however if you refuse to even say Bonjour they seem to be pretty cold with you
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Los Angeles is one of the most unfriendly cities in the entire country. Even bands have a hard time making friends here. And they tend to be terrible phonies.
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I'm from St. Paul, Minnesota. That whole "Minnesota Nice" thing is totally true. People here are beyond friendly to you.

In example, before prom, my group & I were at a coffee shop when my friend's strap broke loose. A girl there saw my friend freaking out and was like "oh I have a sewing kit in my bag, I can fix it!". How random and kind of her! People up North are friendly in a "omy someone I didn't grow up with! Talk to me!" sort of way, and that's amusing in its own right.

People in the areas of Europe I travelled (Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, and Italy) were all pretty friendly, nothing unlike the people here. Except for in Czech, where the people were a bit more skeptical of our presence (the UN really screwed up their country when it got rid of Communism there and they blame it solely on America {which is probably true} but that's moreso in the country {where we drove by a HUGE sign that said "DIE AMERICANS DIE!!" on it o_O }) but in Prague they didn't mind us at all. And in Italy....omy they were uhm friendly there...

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Old 05-14-2002, 10:47 PM   #13
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Los Angeles is one of the most unfriendly cities in the entire country. Even bands have a hard time making friends here. And they tend to be terrible phonies.
I have to agree with this. I didn't really notice how rude people were in LA and Orange County until I spent some time in Oklahoma a few months ago. Everyone, from the information lady at the airport to the clerk at the drugstore was so nice, I didn't know how to respond. It was great to go into a Walmart and have the greeter actually greet you!
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Old 05-14-2002, 10:55 PM   #14
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Much like Kansas City, Oklahoma, and Minnesota, I think you can include most of the South, Midwest, and Rocky Mountain areas. I don't know if it is our rural surroundings and small towns or what, but whenever I am in these areas and make eye contact with someone, we usually say "hey" or at least nod hello. I must also say that I was pleasantly surprised with NYC and upstate NY last fall. People were genuinely friendly as soon as we got off the plane until the time we left. I have even found Southern hospitality in good old Orange County, California at the Magnolia Cafe in Huntington Beach - they serve biscuits AND grits there!

I have generally found Eurpeans to be quite friendly, but maybe it is because we are so nice to them here in the South.

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Old 05-14-2002, 11:15 PM   #15
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I agree that Minnesota is a very friendly state. Upon traveling the Boundary Waters, our group outfitters were quite kind and hospitable. While we traveled port to port, strangers on the water were exceptionally bright and cheery (perhaps from seeing another face for the first time in days)
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