16 Things Many Europeans Find Totally Normal But Americans Definitely Do Not
I had no idea you have to pay to use public restrooms.
Here are some of the most eye-opening responses:
Note: A lot of these vary by region and may not be common in every part of Europe!
1. "Underage drinking seems [like] more of a crime in the US — in most cases if a kid is caught with alcohol in the UK, it's just confiscated and poured away. The age you can drink alcohol [in the UK] is really low as well, so long as you're home with a parent."
2. "In Germany, looking for an apartment doesn't automatically mean it will come with a kitchen. Ninety percent [of the time], they don't have them."
3. "Paying for bathrooms."
4. "Almost every car having a manual transmission. When I visited Ukraine, I only saw rich people with automatic cars."
5. "[This] doesn't apply to every European country, but prison sentences are a lot shorter. Life in prison without parole is extremely rare, and many countries do not have such sentences."
6. "At least in Germany, nudity. No one cares if you're naked, no one thinks it's even sexual to be naked unless you're actively having sex, and no one makes it weird. In general, it's just not an issue."
7. "Where I live in Europe (Luxembourg), voting is mandatory, and you can get fined for not voting in an election."
8. "Kissing greetings."
9. "Leaving your baby to sleep in a stroller outside. Be it at home on the balcony/garden or outside a restaurant."
10. "The amount of people who still smoke, especially in restaurants. Nothing like sitting in a beautiful café and having someone at the table next to you light up just as your food arrives."
Note: Smoking in indoor public places is banned in certain European countries, like the UK.