Some do, some don’t; others see you’re American and expect it!
…Beware of wearing the I’m American t-shirt.
Croatia – The tip is commonly known as napojnica, tip, or manča, and is mostly only expected in restaurants; but not mandatory, due to the waiter’s salary. So if you want to tip, about 3-5% is okay. Croatia also invented the necktie, so be nice.
Denmark – Tips are called drikkepenge, literally meaning “drinking money”. Tips are not required in Denmark because service charges have to be included in the bill by law. You can tip extra if you want, for great service. Also: pickled herring.
Finland – Not a custom here and not expected.
France – Tipping is not expected, because a 15% service charge is in the bill. Sometimes the staff does not receive any of it, though. A 5% tip (which is extra) is nice for good service.
Germany – Coat check staff is usually tipped, but tipping, which is Trinkgeld in German (literally “drinking money”) is not seen as an obligation. In restaurants, some people disapprove of tipping and think good basic wage is mandatory. Germans will still tip 10-15% to show good manners, but it is illegal to charge a service fee without the customer’s consent. Tips are usually paid in cash. If you want your waiter to keep the change, say “Stimmt so”. They will know you want no cash back. You will also see “Aufrunden bitte” signs in Germany. This means they want you to round up, even in supermarkets or retailers. This is completely voluntary, but the extra cents go to good causes. German tips are tax-free.
Also, keep your hands on the table when you eat to show good manners. Prost!
Hungary – Here tipping is called borravaló (literally “money for wine”) or baksis (a word from the Persian). Tipping is very common in Hungary. Rounding up the price is very common here, too. Tipping here is so widespread that some people tip their physician and there is some talk about corruption.
Iceland – Tipping here is called þjórfé, which means “serving money”. It is not necessary but it is well liked, especially in private tours.
Ireland – Tip your taxi driver or cleaning staff (hotels, not homes). In restaurants and bars you can, if you want to, but you don’t have to. Tipping here is usually small change 5-10% of the bill or rounding up the bill. Sláinte chugat!
Italy – Waiters here to do not expect a tip because they are already fairly paid, and for every city except Rome there is a service charge (coperto) included in your bill. Take note that you cannot add a tip through your credit card if you want – you’d have to leave a cash tip. Tips (la mancia) are not the custom in Italy, only for special service or for thanking high quality service. The Italian server likes money, though, and will not refuse it, especially if you’re foreign. In cafés, bars, and pubs people usually leave the change and say “tenga il resto” (“keep the change”). Keeping change is also common with taxi drivers. Tip jars are becoming popular, too. Saluti!
Norway – Service charge included in the bill, so tip if you want to, but it’s extra.
The Netherlands – Tipping is called fooi and is not obligatory. It is actually rare and illegal to charge a service fee without the customer’s consent. In restaurants it is a bit more common to tip – between 5-15%.
Romania – Tipping is not the norm but those in the hospitality industry are used to it and appreciate it. 5-10% of the bill. The tipping also varies: sometimes counter clerks are not tipped, but a retail worker might. Do not use coins, use paper money! Romanians do not trust coins. I don’t, either.
Russia – Your tip here is named “Chayeviye“, which literally means “for the tea”. In urban areas tips of 10% are expected in high-end restaurants, normally left as cash. Just don’t tip your McDonalds person. Bartenders are also uncommonly tipped. Taxi drivers are more complicated. If you catch a metered one, they expect 5-10%. If non-metered they don’t expect it. The rural areas don’t expect tipping and might get confused.
Spain – Tipping is called “propina” and not mandatory. It really depends on the kind of locale. Some Spaniards leave the small change left on their plate after paying a bill. Some upscale settings might expect it. But who cares! Spanish noodles!!
Sweden – Tipping is called “dricks” and not really expected, just as a kind gesture. It is often done by leaving small change on the table after paying the bill. Small change means this – if the check is 132 krona, they would leave you 140. Also please remember that Sweden may be part of the EU but still uses the krona.
Turkey – “Bahsis” here, literally “gift” from the Persian, is optional. Leave your change to be nice.
United Kingdom – 10% is common in restaurants, but not a must. In London sometimes a service charge may be put into the bill of around 12.5%. If the service is bad, the customer can refuse to pay some or all of the service charge. You can cash tip your bartender if you want. Here “A Drink for Yourself” is a tradition and after the third drink some patrons will offer to buy the barman or barmaid a drink. Cheers!
And last, but not least, tipping in the mystic South Pacific: