Cultural norms are unique to each country and can sometimes be surprising or even shocking to people from other cultures. In this listicle, we’ll explore some of the cultural norms that may shock people from other cultures.
Babies Sleeping Outside
In Denmark, it’s common to put babies outside to sleep, even in winter and sub-zero temperatures.
In Canada, saying “sorry” isn’t always an apology. Sometimes, it means “screw you” instead.
Living with Parents
In most of Asia, it’s common to live with your parents until you’re married, even if you’re reaching your 30s. It’s also common to continue living with parents even after getting married and having kids. “Grandparents provide childcare in the early years, and are taken care of in their sunset years in return.”
In many Asian cultures, slurping while eating is a sign of enjoyment and is considered polite, while in Western culture, it’s considered rude.
Short Maternity Leave
In the USA, it’s common for women to work up until the day they give birth and then have to go back to work 2-6 weeks later, depending on the company.
No Prescription Required
In Vietnam, it’s possible to buy anything from the local pharmacy without a doctor’s prescription.
In Germany, being out in the open isn’t a big deal, and public places for these things exist.
“In Germany, going without clothes isn’t a big deal. We have public places for these, such as in the sauna, etc. Mixed genders of course. Nobody cares.”
Fighting Over Bill
In some Asian cultures, relatives will fight over who pays the bill for the whole family when eating out.
In Argentina, it’s common to kiss on the cheek to say hello, even with strangers and men.
Informal Respect for Elders
In Argentina, there isn’t as much respect for elders as in other cultures. People often talk informally with their grandparents and parents.
In Argentina, it’s common to eat dinner late, around 10-11pm.
Insisting on Eating More
In India, it’s common to insist guests eat more, even when they refuse, and pack leftover food for close relatives at big parties. People can get offended if someone doesn’t offer them food.
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