Is there a big emphasis on personal space in your country's society?

Is there a big emphasis on personal space in your country's society?
Is there a big emphasis on personal space in your country's society?
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  • When walking downtown its impossible for you to walk with that much space around you.

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  • depends on inhabitants/sq km. if it's a big city then I assume everyone is happy to simply get around.
    Think at Barcelona during summer or Venice, Firenze, London.
    Country I'm in right now doesn't really have a thing for personal space as there aren't that many options, not much of a choice. I assume if given the possibility we would act as the Finns, Norwegians, Swedes or Danish.
    But how can you when city is rather small-ish but population is big? malls are packed/crowded, supermarkets are crowded, public transportation is crowded, especially the subway at peak hours when people try to get to work. You either want to be un-employed or simply get over your personal space policy and hop into the metro.

    I guess the whole personal space derives from our animal times, when others approaching was meant as a threat.
    It can definitely still be dangerous, but we need to evolve don't we? pay more attention, read body language better, understand the situation and the big picture (where you are, who is standing next to you, if he/she is carrying something, what is that, what objects are around you) and you will be fine.
    I always predicted behaviour pretty well. I even predicted when a group was going to become aggressive to me out of the blue. I just noticed something and the alarm in my mind simply went out for some reason. And yet I was right, they approached in a rather aggressive way.
    I was already mentally prepared to fight, they were surprised by my reaction, so they gave up.

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  • Definitely. I live in Sweden and it’s everyone’s worst nightmare to come across as intrusive. If the metro has one person sitting by every four seats, most are rather going to want to stand. Some sit down though, including myself.

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    • as you live there I have a few things I want to ask and hope you can provide your own insight on this.
      is news true about police not being able to handle the situations with cars being set on fire, sexual assaults and crimes?
      I've seen a video on youtube with a guy calling police to ask for update on a girl that was raped. the policeman (provided name) said they did not investigate, because they are overwhelmed.

      Now I look up to Swedish (nordic) society since I know myself, trying to learn the languages often thinking "ah, that is life"...
      but if all these are true it would be so sad and my first thought is why let others trample on you like this?
      hope you will be willing to answer

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    • @looneymalooney no you're fine lol. It's a discussion forum so discuss people.

    • I heard Swedish people never make eye contact

  • Yes.
    This is what Finnish people look like when they're waiting for the bus
    finnishcrashcourse.files.wordpress.com/.../fpv0whf.jpg

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  • Yes, in the U. S. people tend to give each other a lot of space, unless they already know each other well.

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  • Absolutely. We Norwegians do love our personal space.

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    • I think I should move to Norway then.

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    • I think that's awesome. I hate it when people intrude my personal space.

    • @hasrett That'll work then!

  • Man, my country doesn't know what personal space is. We have a ton of jokes about it actually. LOL

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  • Yeah but that guy looks like an entitled piece of shit with that ring around him like that lol

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