Numbers and Stumblers: What Americans call the second floor of a building is the
first floor in Europe. Europeans write dates as day/month/year, so Christmas is 25/12/14.
Commas are decimal points and vice versa—a dollar and a half is 1,50, and there are 5.280
feet in a mile. Europe uses the metric system: A kilogram is 2.2 pounds; a liter is about a
quart; and a kilometer is six-tenths of a mile.
This Snapshot guide is excerpted from the latest editions of Rick Steves' Scandinavia and
Rick Steves' Northern European Cruise Ports, which are two of more than 30 titles in
my series of guidebooks on European travel. I also produce a public television series,
Rick Steves' Europe, and a public radio show, Travel with Rick Steves. My website,
ments, guidebook updates, my travel blog, an online travel store, and information on
European railpasses and our tours of Europe. If you're bringing a mobile device on
your trip, you can download free information from Rick Steves Audio Europe, featuring
podcasts of my radio shows, free audio tours of major sights in Europe, and travel in-
terviews about Russia, Finland, and Estonia (download via www.ricksteves.com/audi-
can follow me on Facebook and Twitter.
Passports and Red Tape: www.travel.state.gov
Packing List: www.ricksteves.com/packlist
Travel Insurance: www.ricksteves.com/insurance
Cheap Flights: www.kayak.com
Airplane Carry-on Restrictions: www.tsa.gov/travelers
Updates for This Topic: www.ricksteves.com/update
If you'd like to share your tips, concerns, and discoveries after using this topic, please fill
out the survey at www.ricksteves.com/feedback . Thanks in advance—it helps a lot.