European culture, sometimes equated with Western civilization, is a term used to refer to a heritage, social behavior and norms that originate from Europe. The term has come to apply to countries whose history is strongly marked by European immigration and colonization, like the Americas, Australia, and New Zealand and is not restricted to Europe only.

Western culture is characterized by a host of artistic, philosophic, literary, and legal themes and traditions; the heritage of Celtic, Germanic, West Slavic, Hellenic, Jewish, Latin, and other ethnic and linguistic groups  as well as Christianity, including the Catholic Church, which played an important part in the shaping of Western civilization.

Values of Western culture have, throughout history, been derived from political thought, widespread employment of rational argument favoring free thought, assimilation of human rights, the need for equality, and democracy.

Globalism has spread Western ideas so widely that almost all modern cultures are, to some extent, influenced by aspects of Western culture. Even after the colonial are in Africa most African countries have based their constitutions and governance system on European systems with European value’s.

The Western culture is neither homogeneous nor unchanging. As with all other cultures it has evolved and gradually changed over time, the diverse back ground and history of each European national, the cultural heritage and behavior of a French European, differs from the average British, German or Bulgarian European.

In General one might say they are the Islanders (British, Scotch, Irish, Welsh) the Northerers (Denmark, Sweden, Iceland Norway) The Mediterranean’s (Spanish, Portuguese, South French, Italians, Greek, Macedonia) the north Western Europeans (Germany, Belgium, Austria, north of France) and Eastern Europeans (Polish, Hungarians, Bulgaria, Czech republic, former Yugoslavians) but that is still to general, the people from Milan don’t have the same behavior of the people of Napoli, and the Italian speaking Austrians don’t have same back ground like the German speaking Austrians.

So we can safely say that Europe is a melting pot of people with different cultural and environmental back grounds, we are however trying to give you the cultural background per country, but that would be just as “rough” as writing about Ghanaians without considering tribal back grounds. More information on the culture background of European countries can be found by clicking on the country of your choice.