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Old 07-16-2012, 05:59 AM
 
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Would it vary from north to say? So the people in St. Petersburg are reserved like Finns, while those in the Balkans are more like Greeks? How do the Eastern European countries vary in terms of temperament/outgoingness/extraversion/friendliness/frankness? How are they overall? Could you sort make any generalizations?

I've heard that they can be racist, but it varies by country a lot. Russia, Ukraine, Moldovia are probably the worst I'm guessing, while Poland might be the best. The few Poles I've met have seemed very friendly. I've met only a couple of Russians, they seem sort of gruff, but not afraid to talk to you.
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Old 07-16-2012, 11:48 AM
 
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Would it vary from north to say? So the people in St. Petersburg are reserved like Finns, while those in the Balkans are more like Greeks? How do the Eastern European countries vary in terms of temperament/outgoingness/extraversion/friendliness/frankness? How are they overall? Could you sort make any generalizations?

I've heard that they can be racist, but it varies by country a lot. Russia, Ukraine, Moldovia are probably the worst I'm guessing, while Poland might be the best. The few Poles I've met have seemed very friendly. I've met only a couple of Russians, they seem sort of gruff, but not afraid to talk to you.
Trimac, people in St. Petersburg ( and Moscow) are "more reserved" not because they are "like Finns," but because it's a big city and people in big cities in Russia are more reserved - it's normal. However overall Russians are not "reserved" - they are "Northerners" with a Southern twist, and overall the culture is very extroverted. ( Although people in Southern part are more talkative of course; they probably smile more often as well - that goes to Ukrainians and Southern Russians.)
My impression of Southern Slavs ( Bulgarians and those from former Yugoslavia) - definitely "Southerners"; a loud bunch.
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Old 07-16-2012, 05:35 PM
 
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the only eastern european country ive been to is hungary

hungarians are both unfriendly and rude

scandanavians are not overly friendly but they are certainly not rude

eastern europeans are more hardened than northern europeans IMO, i would exclude poles who tend to be nice
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Old 07-16-2012, 08:32 PM
 
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I've traveled a lot through the Czech Republic and Slovakia and I found the people there to be extremely helpful, very kind, and a bit reserved - but in a good way, if that makes sense. DEFINITELY a lot friendlier than the people in Austria - I don't know what THEIR problem is. LOL! Anyway, I've also traveled to Poland a few times and the people there seem to be more outgoing than the people in the Czech Republic - very kindhearted as well.

I like them.
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Old 07-17-2012, 12:34 AM
 
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I love broad brushes and stereotypes in the morning.
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Old 07-17-2012, 01:37 AM
 
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I love broad brushes and stereotypes in the morning.
It's better than napalm.
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Old 07-17-2012, 03:41 AM
 
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I've traveled a lot through the Czech Republic and Slovakia and I found the people there to be extremely helpful, very kind, and a bit reserved - but in a good way, if that makes sense. DEFINITELY a lot friendlier than the people in Austria - I don't know what THEIR problem is. LOL! Anyway, I've also traveled to Poland a few times and the people there seem to be more outgoing than the people in the Czech Republic - very kindhearted as well.

I like them.
If you have so many problems with people when you travel, do you think you might have something to do with it?
I travel at least 40 weekends a year and 5 weeks on top of that and don't have the problems you seem to have.
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Old 07-17-2012, 08:11 AM
 
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If you have so many problems with people when you travel, do you think you might have something to do with it?
I travel at least 40 weekends a year and 5 weeks on top of that and don't have the problems you seem to have.

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I've traveled a lot through the Czech Republic and Slovakia and I found the people there to be extremely helpful, very kind, and a bit reserved - but in a good way, if that makes sense. DEFINITELY a lot friendlier than the people in Austria - I don't know what THEIR problem is. LOL! Anyway, I've also traveled to Poland a few times and the people there seem to be more outgoing than the people in the Czech Republic - very kindhearted as well.

I like them.
How does this imply that I have "so many problems with people when I travel?" I love to travel, and do so internationally often. I have a great time, and find interesting, likeable people wherever I go. I just found the smallest PERCENTAGE of likable people per capita in Austria.

Out of all the countries that I've visited in my lifetime (at last count, I think it was about 30 countries so far), I've found the people of ONE country - Austria - to be a bit unfriendly, GENERALLY SPEAKING. Even then, I didn't have "problems" with them - I just didn't much care for their overall demeanor, a fact that I kept to myself, being the courteous person that I am.
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Old 07-17-2012, 08:13 AM
 
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I love broad brushes and stereotypes in the morning.
Do you not understand the OP? It's speaking in generalities. You can call them stereotypes if you like, but if this offends you, the OP should have been a big hint for you to skip over this entire thread.

Unless, of course, you simply prefer being unpleasant and snarky. And I don't mean that as a generality - I mean to apply that to you specifically.
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Old 07-17-2012, 09:21 AM
 
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Don't like my posts, might I suggest the twit filter.
Works wonders.
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