3.1 Cultures of Western Europe (Work, Leisure, and Germany (Many workers…
3.1 Cultures of Western Europe
attracts scholars, writers, and artists from all over the world
known for its important financial center as well as for its grand historic buildings and lovely parks
known as a place with a vibrant street life, a place where people meet on cafe terraces to relax outdoors after work
always full of activity and attracts many visitors to its theaters and museums
Work, Leisure, and Germany
Germany is a very clean and well taken care of country
Many workers enjoy as much as six weeks of vacation each year.
Skiing, hiking, and camping are popular recreational activities throughout the country’s mountains and highlands
Those who prefer city life enjoy the museums, concerts, and plays.
The European Union and the Arts
One of the goals of the European Union (EU) is to support Europe’s cultural community.
The EU organizes concerts, cultural events, exhibits, and conferences to bring Europeans together
One of the programs that the EU funds is the DEBORA (Digital Access to Books of the Renaissance) project.
Debora gives Internet users access to documents from the Renaissance.
European nations often share a common history and cultural heritage
Changing Immigration Patterns
Although life in Western Europe is good now, it was not always so
In the 1800s and early 1900s, millions of Western Europeans left Europe
They left in search of more opportunities and better lives.
During World War II Large numbers of people stopped leaving Western Europe.
Industry continued to expand in the postwar years and more workers were needed.
Most went to the United States, Canada, and South America
Immigrants bring their cultures and are taught new cultures
In this way, many Western European countries have become multicultural
The Industrial Revolution of the late 1700s sped up the development of industry in Western Europe.
Before the Industrial Revolution, most people worked on farms
Over time, new and better farm machines were able to do tasks that once required many workers
Many people began moving to cities, where factories were located.
High speed trains travel people, ideas, goods, and raw materials from one country to another in less than an hour
Western Europe is becoming more prosperous because goods and people can now flow freely across its borders