Scandinavia and the World


When I went to England I noticed that people would apologize or even freak out if they as much as touched my little finger. At first I thought that maybe I was putting people off, but later it was explained to me that English people are just incredibly nervous about touching people they don't know very well.

I've been to conventions in quite a few countries by now, and England is the only country where most people asked for a handshake rather than a hug. :XD:

2nd March 2012

Tagged in England Denmark

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21 hours ago #9378589        

As an English person: I touch you, I snatch my hand to my side and avoid eye contact. You touch me, I jerk away. We are not the friendliest/touchiest of people. This comic is pretty accurate... I never realised it until now... ._.


576 M
8 days ago #9374933        

I swiftly retreat the offending limb if I accidentally touch someone, and depending on the situation I may apologise too, but I won't freak out like this.

20 days ago #9370272        

meanwhile, at american anime cons, it is perfectly acceptable to randomly hug someone you've never met, sometimes at high speeds.

2 months ago #9355440        

America is the same way



22 F
3 months ago #9348789        

Sexual harassment is in Denmark mostly a thing we make fun of. Feminism too. I don't think that Danes are good at showing sentiment, it mostly is expressed by teasing. Any type of attention-giving is a way of saying ''I like you!''. So accidentally touching a person, isn't at all a way of showing interest, it's just an accident. If a person hugs me on purpose, It's really weird. But if a person hugs me as an accident - thought I was someone else or whatnot - no bother! :D

4 months ago #9333380        

...this does explain why that last episode of Sherlock played out the way it did.

5 months ago #9326051        

Oh this reminds me of when I was living India, there if someone accidentally touch you with their foot, then they have to apologize by first touching their own chest with their hand and then touching your arm or leg.

Considering the number of people that lives in India this happens quite a lot in the big cities. I wonder if it's and English influence from the colonial period.


20 M
5 months ago #9325899        

Even in America personal space is a huge deal. I've always been taught to keep about at least a foot away from someone else unless I'm either giving them a handshake, or I've explicitly been invited into their personal space.


34 M
5 months ago #9316496        

While it obviously varies from region to region, person to person etc. I don't get the "fear" of touching other people. I tend to hug family members and close friends, handshake for more "official" stuff and just say "Hi" in most other situations. But it's not because I'm afraid of touching or whatever. I guess it's just how I grew up. If you want a hug, you'll get a hug. I don't mind at all. It's not awkward to me.

I think I'm a bit like the Denmark character when it comes to this stuff tbh. I just don't see the "omg, you can't do that" thing about touching other people. Hell, I can grab your ass, if that's what you want.. Or if it seems like a fun thing to do. Maybe it'll be fun to watch you blush. Unless you're like really dirty, stink like crazy, have some sort of infectious skin condition or whatever, why would I have a problem with it? I don't get it. :P

I just don't think I have that whole "Men shouldn't do that." thing built into me. If I want to hug someone, I hug someone. I don't feel less like a man after a hug. Quite the opposite really.. How "manly" are you really if you're afraid of a hug? ;)

I could give some examples of (too?) touchy stuff in public, but I'm not sure if people here would want to know tbh. lol I know that some of us Danes are REALLY different when it comes to things like this, so it can shock other people, which just makes it more fun imo. I just seeing prudes blush. :p


15 F
6 months ago #9302728        

Yes Sister Denmark. You got pregnant because he touched you. That's how babies are made! :D

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