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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 Denmark England


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5 months ago #9463543        
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Oh, we does that in Sweden too. We really don't like touching people we don't know. I even feel awkward hugging my FRIENDS sometimes. The only ones I'm totally comfortable with hugging is my family and small children. But instead of apologizing when we touches someone we don't know we most ignores it like "If I don't talk about it it didn't happen". I think swedes have some of the biggest "personal spheres" in the world, actually. You can just look at busses. Many prefer to stand up in them rather than sitting next to someone you don't know, and when we're going with our friends we often takes seats on different sides of the path so we don't get too close to each other. It's kind of strange, but we don't like touching. So we're quite much like England. Like, touch someone you don't know and you're scarred for life. XD

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2 days ago #9509060        
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Woah, they'd probably outlaw me in England! I'm the world's biggest hugger.



6 days ago #9507612        
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Funny thing, Sister Denmark kinda looks like me, except her hair is messy. ^^



18 days ago #9503359        
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Haha, but here in England, we consider it weird to hug or touch people we don't know. However, we would thank the bus drivers. On the other hand, there's no way I could kiss or hug someone I'm meeting up with (even friends), though I would do that with my family or someone who was leaving (but only a hug).



25 days ago #9500516        
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There is no actual word for 'privacy' in my country cuz everybody is so comfortable with telling people about their job and family and is totally fine with pushing through a crowd.

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2 months ago #9491648        
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@Dire321
I think only the Southern states are like that, actually.



2 months ago #9491107        
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Total opposite in America, no one knows how to keep their hands to themselves -Sad American



2 months ago #9490575        
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So that's why "Kissing girls in Public, Social experiment (Gone wrong) (Gone sexual) (In the Hood) Funny Pranks" aren't such a big thing in Britain lol.



2 months ago #9490300        
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In Ireland we are all so friendly, we smile at random people on the street and hug everyone. We're even happy drunks... I rarely see drunk people who are angry! It feels so weird when I go to the UK, everyone is so serious! In London they don't even thank the bus drivers!!



2 months ago #9489894        
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I'm such a hugger the English would freak out XD



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