There are many ways to describe Greek people, we are communicative, caring, easy-going, hospitable, friendly, generous, smiley, sensual, affectionate, humorous and passionate… The list could be endless, but there are some stereotypes that Greeks can’t shake. In the eye of a foreigner Greeks are:
I hate to admit it but it seems that people in Greece can’t keep their voice down. In restaurants, bars, the metro, even in libraries there will always be someone unable to talk in a quite manner. The common excuse is that he loves to socialize.
Foreigners, especially people from northern Europe believe that men (and women) in Greece have a mustache and are covered with hair. However, during the last years Greek men have started taking care of their physical appearance as much as women.
One of the strongest stereotypes about Greeks is that they are carefree and lazy. However, the current crisis has caused many problems in people’s every day life and anxiety for their future.
Unfortunately this is a sad fact. Greece is at the highest rate of tobacco consumption in the European Union and recent studies have shown that a large number of Greek students smoke from the age of 15.
Mamma’s boys and daddy’s girls
Greek parents are often overprotective and spoil their children. In a Greek family, the mother will cook and clean for her son until he decides to move on and live on his own, which usually happens after the age of 30. On the other hand, a typical Greek father offers his daughter comfort and financial support until she gets married.