European Culture Facts

February 3, 2016 | European Culture

Europe has the greatest linguistic and cultural diversity of the Western world. Foreign-language learning in Europe is now compulsory in every country since primary (elementary) school. Most Europeans learn 2 to 4 foreign languages, for obvious reasons. Europeans tend to be more liberal regarding soft drugs, prostitution, alcohol, abortion, or cloning (but interestingly not so for GM food).

European Culture Facts

In Europe the practise has almost entirely disappeared and is mostly limited to the elderly, or special events like weddings or Christmas. Mixing religion and politics is taboo in many European countries (notably France), due to the stricter separation of state and religion. There are exceptions, such as Poland or Spain.

Europeans write the date in the format “Day Month Year”. In Europe it always starts on Monday and finishes on Sunday. Most non-English-speaking Europeans use the 24h system, as opposed to the 12h system used in English-speaking countries. Schools and universities are free in most European countries. Europeans see university as granted.

European Food and Public Holidays

Europeans all have a lot of traditional dishes from their region or city. Specialities tend to be very local, so that some pastries can be seen in one town, but not 100 km away. Europeans eat more varied and balanced meals (especially in southern cultures) and less fast food. Europeans eat more cheese (not just the French), more yoghurts, and on average drink more wine.

International Workers’ Day (a.k.a. Labour Day or May Day, on 1st May) is a national holiday in (most) European countries. EU countries also celebrate Europe Day (5th or 9th May), although it is not an official holiday (yet).

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