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8 Mannerisms of European People

Updated on February 8, 2020
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Visiting Europe was an enthralling experience for me. There are certain mannerisms that played a major role in the progress of Europe.

I like to travel and write about my travel trips. I love to observe the people as I wander. Here is the article which I wrote after visiting Europe. It describes the valuable mannerisms that I learned from the people of Europe. Let me elaborate further on the eight qualities of European people. Moreover, Let's see whether we live by any of these traits.

1. Punctuality

Our schedule for the entire Europe tour was planned in advance. The "coach captain" of the bus used to start the journey at the right time. He was never late in picking up the tourists and dropping them to the hotel at night. Punctuality isn't forced in Europe.

Everyone holds himself/herself responsible for being punctual or unpunctual. Arriving one or two-minute late is considered “Late” in Europe.
The work culture in Europe amazed me.

The employees sincerely work for 7 to 8 hours. But they have the right to complain against the boss if they are asked to work overtime. They never get late for work, and they work with integrity.


2. No compromising

A Man's life is of great value in Europe. The number of people risking their lives unnecessarily is comparatively less. There was an employee working in an office in the Netherlands. One day, he was not feeling well. The boss told him to leave and go to his hometown for treatment. His home was in another country.

The boss bestowed his helicopter to that man to reach the hospital. As the man's health improved, he called the boss and told him about his health. He told that he would join the next day. The boss declared to extend the leave for two more days to take complete rest and then come and work again.

He again facilitated his helicopter for the man to return to the office. Such is the value of an employee in a European organization. No compromise in health, no matter what!

There is another example that shows no compromise in the dignity of labor. Every kind of work is considered to be important in Europe. You may know that the bus driver is called “Coach Captain” in Europe. Look at the honor given to him.

As the hotel rooms were allotted to the tourists, similarly the same type of room was provided to the coach captain. Many of the developing nations do not grant such a facility to the drivers.

The bus drivers either rest inside the bus, or they may be found sleeping in the lobby, on or under the stairs or even sometimes on the bench outside the hotel. This is awful.

3. Patience

Patience is yet another instinctive behavior of a European Man. It is mandatory to stay in the queue at the airport during the immigration process. The security is very tight.

However, in Europe people are not found breaking the queues at the Eiffel Tower, or Disneyland or the London eye. This is not due to security or rule. In reality, The people here are very self-disciplined.

They have the patience inbuilt in them. They take a break on weekends and patiently have lunch and dinner for a couple of hours with their family and friends.

People Waiting with Patience
People Waiting with Patience | Source

4. Good Appetite

The European people have learned the art of savoring the food. They just don't stuff the food in the mouth and hurriedly gulp it. They relish every bite with the help of taste buds. In the modern world, advanced technology keeps updating each day in smartphones and laptops. Due to this, it is very difficult to enjoy the food for as long as an hour.

But French breakfast has a specific significance. French people consume a whole hour for their breakfast. It consists of various types of bread. You can have cheese or butter with the bread. The croissant is another food item that is included in the European breakfast. It originated in Austria. The croissant is one of my favorite foods.

French Breakfast
French Breakfast | Source

5. Discipline

Discipline is the underlining feature of European People. They follow the system. If in case, somebody messes against the rules, they get freaked out. There was this scene at the zebra crossing.

Whenever the walking man's symbol is red, the pedestrians must stop and let the cars pass by. Whenever it turned green, the cars must stop and let the people cross. Some foreign tourists began crossing the street when the symbol turned red.

The native people stopped them telling that it is very dangerous. They care about the rules and want all the tourists to follow the rules. As it is said “while in Rome, do as Romans do” When you are in Europe, you have to follow rules.

Especially the traffic rules. Whenever a person is crossing the road without the signal or any zebra crossing, the car driver stops the car a good distance away from him. He lets him cross and then and only then starts his car.

Such is the value of human life in Europe. They take care of every little detail to simplify human life.

6. Patriotism

All the qualities like discipline, punctuality, no compromise in health and life stem through one strong foundation. The foundation is patriotism. People of Germany, France, England, the Netherlands or any country in Europe think that it is their responsibility to look after the welfare and progress of their nation.

The government, as well as the citizens, are equally proactive to keep their land prosperous. They fought for their country in the past. Now, they have strong defenses. They unite to preserve the environment, the rules, the law, and order.

Their talents, creativity, and efforts are dedicated to their country. I think the lack of patriotism is why developing nations are still developing and not developed yet.


7. Celebrate like a child

As the work culture permits 2 days' holidays per week, the European people make most of these breaks. They set themselves free from stress. Either they spend time with their family or loved ones, or they do something adventurous.

Mostly on the Fridays or Saturday morning, you can find the caravans attached to the cars passing by the national highways. On the weekends, they live in the caravans by the side of the river surrounded by the beauty of nature. They build forts out of the beach sand,

They dance around the campfire and sing songs. European people celebrate their life like a child.


8. Fitness Freaks

When I was in Amsterdam, I found out that there were many gyms. Moreover, the Netherlands is a paradise for cycle lovers. There's a three-floored cycle stand in the Netherlands. This suggests how much love dutch people have for cycle riding.

The Netherlands has a special cycle track by the side of the road for cycle riders. You can find a lot of cyclists in France and the Netherlands. In fact, people all over Europe love cycling. European people are fitness freaks.

Though America is a superpower, Europe is a superpower when it comes to health and fitness. People of Europe love jogging, yoga, cycling, gym, aerobics, meditation and all forms of physical and mental exercises.

Furthermore, they also like to eat hygienic and healthy foods. Food inspection is carried out very strictly in Europe. That's the reason why the average life span of a European person is comparatively high.


There are all kinds of people in every corner of the globe. Europe is not an exception to it. But as we do an overall survey of the European lifestyle, we come across the eight traits of a European Man which are mentioned above.

If you inculcate these habits in your life, I'm sure you will be spiritually, physically and mentally happier. Moreover, it will take the progress of your city, state, and country to a new height.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Niks


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    • Niks007 profile imageAUTHOR


      14 months ago from India

      Yes, thanks for your sincere comment. I would definitely like to visit Portugal someday. I m glad to receive your comment. Keep coming back.

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      Nuno Alegria 

      14 months ago


      Very interesting article and very well written! It is nice to see this perspective of the European people.

      Yes, I agree with your article. I think that in general the northern European are like that.

      In the South of Europe things can be a little bit different namely in what concerns punctuality and respect for the workers rights. It depends on the country.

      I hope that you can visit Portugal because it is a wonderful country with so much to offer!

      Best regards,

      Nuno Alegria

    • Niks007 profile imageAUTHOR


      15 months ago from India

      Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my article. Comments from writers like you make the article more wonderful. Keep writing and reading.

    • Niks007 profile imageAUTHOR


      15 months ago from India

      Indeed, You are right. The yoga and meditation are very mindful practices that are appreciated and followed in many parts of the world. Thanks for the comment, Sir.

    • Niks007 profile imageAUTHOR


      15 months ago from India

      Thank you so much, Liz. Gald to find that you liked my hub. Yes, I shared some of my personal insights about the European people's mannerisms which I noticed on my Europe tour last year.

    • Niks007 profile imageAUTHOR


      15 months ago from India

      Yes, indeed the European etiquettes are very popular.

      Thank you for adding your valuable comment Sir. Keep coming back.

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      Rajinder Soni 

      15 months ago from New Delhi

      The manners and etiquettes of European people are popular worldwide. Thank you for sharing such a useful article through which we can learn about the way Europeon people behave with others.

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      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      15 months ago from South India

      I think Europeans are a lot mannered to the outer world by showmanship. In fact, Indian spiritual practices such as Yoga and meditation are the supreme in the world. But you have written an appreciable positive article, Mr Nikhil. Congratulations.

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      Prantika Samanta 

      15 months ago from Kolkata, India

      Great to know about the European mannerisms and it is a wonderful article.

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      Liz Westwood 

      15 months ago from UK

      I was fascinated by your thoughts on European mannerisms.


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