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Old 11-29-2012, 05:38 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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Italy is very friendly.

Germany not so much
It depends on which part of Germany, what your target age-group is, etc. Personally, I think ANYPLACE is friendlier than Seattle, haha!
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Old 11-29-2012, 06:17 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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I've been to several countries in Europe and found the Irish to be the nicest people in the world. Spent a month in France and never met any rudeness there and lots of friendly people. I loved it when we sat down to eat a picnic and people would walk by with a conspiratorial wink and a cheery bon appetit! We stayed off the tourist circuit of both though. I had the Austrians in giggles when I ordered my morning brotkin at the campground and mispronounced it I assume. I think people are people and I do my best to blend and not wave around wads of cash (don't have a lot of that anyway!) and don't carry expensive equipment around.
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:06 PM
 
Location: the dairyland
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Considering that "Europe" consists of more than half a billion people from different countries and different regions within these countries and considering that "friendly" is a very subjective perception, this question is pointless. I also want to believe that friendliness depends more on someone's character than on his heritage. Am I too naive?
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Old 11-30-2012, 02:39 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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I rather take all "unfriendly" Europeans over shallow, always smiling but not meaning it Americans. Friendliness is indeed a very subjective perception...
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Old 11-30-2012, 02:39 AM
 
Location: SE UK
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Considering that "Europe" consists of more than half a billion people from different countries and different regions within these countries and considering that "friendly" is a very subjective perception, this question is pointless. I also want to believe that friendliness depends more on someone's character than on his heritage. Am I too naive?
Spot on!
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Old 11-30-2012, 03:54 AM
 
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Friendliness is indeed a subjective concept. If someone walks to me with a cheesy smile I assume they want to sell me Tupperware and run away.
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:12 AM
 
Location: Sweden
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I don't understand why it's so hard for some people to accept that Europe is an incredibly diverse continent so comments like "Europe = (un)friendly", "to speak European", "Europe = liberal" etc. don't make any sense.
And the same people is always upset when we do the same with their diverse continent.
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:33 AM
 
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Having lived in the US during years, generally Americans tend to consider "friendly" any clerk or waiter with a preconceived smile and formatted greetings wired to the cash register.
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:56 AM
 
Location: Milan, Italy
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Because I heard it well while reading a comment on a Danish article

Roughly it said ...

"The happiness that you get from Danes is pure, not the fake "smile-while-you-work" doing it to get a tip, fake happy, please and thank you that you get from other nations."

While its more targeting America as that "doing it to get a tip, fake happy, etc" nation... I can say some nations in Europe may be this way too.
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:52 AM
 
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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I've read some stuff about people from Europe being unfriendly. Like people from Paris, Ireland, and eastern Europe. Is it really true? I always thought Europeans were friendly, especailly since Europe is pretty liberal.
Um, once again, we are separate countries with very different cultures. You cannot group us together.

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