Etiquette

  • Bargaining Isn't common in much of Europe, but is known in and around the Mediterranean. In Turkey it's virtually a way of life.
  • Dining Europeans take their time over dining (especially in the Mediterranean) enjoying food, family, talk and wine. Fast food, though present, is less popular.
  • Dress Dress modestly when visiting churches or other religious buildings. Europeans are more inclined to dress up than North Americans, be it for a business meeting or a night out at the theatre.
  • Tipping Less prevalent in Europe than other parts of the world. No need to leave lavish tips in restaurants or to tip the bus driver.
  • Greetings Vary greatly from country to country, though, in general, greetings are fairly formal and bound by long-standing etiquette.