European countries are among the popular choices of people who wish to live abroad. As a matter of fact, Germany and the Netherlands belong to the top five countries preferred by expats, according to HSBC’s 2017 annual Expat Explorer survey. If you are planning to move and live in Europe, consider knowing the top 5 things that you should not do in Europe:
Getting noisy on a Sunday
Some European countries are just allergic to noise, especially on Sunday. In Germany and Switzerland, it is prohibited by the law to be noisy on a Sunday. For them, Sunday is strictly a rest day. No drilling, hammering, lawn mowing, sound-testing of your new stereo system, or partying. Beware – you can get caught for being noisy on a Sunday.
Taking pictures of official buildings
As smartphones become a widespread commodity, taking photos is just so convenient. On the other hand, some European countries do not allow taking photos of officials and official buildings. Hungary, Romania, Russia, Spain, and Ukraine have laws that prohibit photographing airports, government buildings, and military offices. In France, you are also not allowed to take photos if there are police officers in the background.
Some European countries discourage people to feed the pigeons. Why? Pigeons’ wastes damage historic buildings and monuments. As a matter of fact, you can get fined if you feed pigeons in Venice and Vienna.
Walking in heels
Wearing high heels while touring the ancient ruins in Athens, Greece is strictly prohibited. Authorities may ask you to walk barefoot instead. High heels can potentially damage the weak surfaces of ancient ruins, especially in Parthenon and sanctuary at Delphi.
Forgetting your I.D.
Everywhere you go in Europe, it is important to bring your I.D. at all times. In Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain, and Ukraine, you can be fined if you forget your I.D. If you are a non-European resident, then you are obliged to present your original passport, not the photocopy.
Photo courtesy of https://www.teflcourse.net/tefl-infographics/etiquette_europe/
Before you go to Europe, remember to put these things in mind.