Jay Nordlinger, in his Stockholm Diary at NRO, notices Swedish pedestrians:
Swedish pedestrians wait patiently at stoplights — when there are no cars coming. My American legs can’t. They just can’t. (See? It’s not me, it’s the legs.)
We have not made it to Stockholm but have found this behavior in England, France, Germany, and Poland. In fact, when our American legs walk against the “red man” there is likely to be comments from the Europeans.
Sidebar: In Europe the pedestrian walk signals are red and green as opposed to the white and orange we have in the states. In Europe, we signal our spouse with “green man”, meaning it is time to cross. The American alternative can be a little tricky in the big cities. End Sidebar.
In our experience, only the Irish are immune from total allegiance to waiting for green man. We look forward to additional investigations.