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Best and worst of European cultures?

Asked by wildflower (11152points) April 20th, 2008 from iPhone

I took the liberty of giving my view on American culture in a recent Q, so now I’m curious what you flutherites think of European cultures. I realize some Europeans will say you can’t group them together, but then I don’t think you can say all the states share one culture either.

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peedub's avatar

Best- foward thinking, a strong appreciation for the arts, a more global outlook
Worst- their love for David Hasselhoff and Tom Jones.

iwamoto's avatar

only the germans love him peedub…oh and wildflower herself…

makemo's avatar

I think the best part of European culture, is the Swedish one.

We have IKEA. Meat balls. Smorgasbord. Sour herring. Husmanskost (houseman’s dish), Pippi Longstockings, Ingo, Salming, Max von Sydow, the list could go on forever. It’s also very cheap here and anyone could afford to pay a visit.

We’ve always been very diplomatic and for that, we’re often criticised for being hypocrites.

wildflower's avatar

but but…...Hasselhoff brought down the Berlin wall with his powerful music…..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cejq10jZ0kQ

iwamoto's avatar

i’ve been thinking about going to sweden for some time now, during the summer, a midweek in stockholm would be great :)

wildflower's avatar

and how did you know iwamoto???

peedub's avatar

Is the best and worst of European culture or the best European culture? I’m confused.

wildflower's avatar

It’s of…..otherwise this could go on for some time…....

peedub's avatar

I thought so. My first answer then, and so true what you are saying, haha!

Obviously there are no Norwegians on here or else Makemo would be hearing about it.

iwamoto's avatar

i knew because of your love for jovi, he’s a hoff kind of guy

wildflower's avatar

@ makemo
Sweden’s cool, was there twice in the last two months, but it’s hardly cheap.

wildflower's avatar

iwamoto!!
I’m deeply offended!!!

peedub's avatar

lol
I like the notion of one being so into Bon Jovi that they drop the “Bon.”

wildflower's avatar

LOL…. I usually just go with Jon and the guys :p

And I’m still contemplating representing other Nordic countries here…...

peedub's avatar

I almost went to study in Finland for a while and my Swedish friend lambasted me.
What’s up with the Scandinavian rivalry business?

wildflower's avatar

We just love to hate each other….we get along like a house on fire though.
The Norwegians are a bit uptight, the Swedes a bit drunk, the Fins a bit mad and the Danes a bit moany (they’ll probably remove this, but I’m sure I’m not actually offending any of the nationalities)

Allie's avatar

best = its art and history
worst = cigarette smoke everywhere

peedub's avatar

ahh…I miss Sweden. I think you have a point. The line for the Systembolaget was constantly out the door.

wildflower's avatar

LOL yeah, didn’t have to be in Copenhagen long to learn the phrase “do Denmark a favor, follow a Swede to the ferry”. Of course now its only to the trainstation

peedub's avatar

That’s funny.
Another thing I like about Europe is food in toothpaste tubes. I remember in Sweden I got some that was a kind of shrimp paste. All I’ve seen here in the states is crappy easy cheese.

wildflower's avatar

Kalle’s kaviar on knackebrod (need more keyboard layouts)!!

cschack's avatar

“We’ve always been very diplomatic and for that, we’re often criticised for being hypocrites.”

Letting all those German troops though Sweden to Norway back in the 40s probably didn’t help. Or so my granddad used to say.

iwamoto's avatar

hahaha, my great grandfather was one of those germans ;)

cschack's avatar

Then our grandparents probably wouldn’t have gotten along very well! :D

makemo's avatar

But there’s hope, my understanding, swedish grand dad could perhaps have joined the two of yours in a diplomatic fashion.

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