Trying to nail down Europe in any way that is monolithic is bound to be problematic as it’s a patchwork of very old and respected countries with cultures that reach back thousands of years and which have mingled into who new cultures with their own personalities. Each of these cultures has their own taboos, and they each have reasons to see some numbers as very lucky and some that are almost sinister. The creation of a lucky number takes time, precedent, and legends and they can often be shared amongst other countries. Europe also birthed some of the main games of chance, making these numbers even more essential. Considering all of this here is a generalist of luck numbers by region that come from Europe.
The main lucky number throughout all of Europe is without a doubt the number 7. It is a number that is rarely seen as anything but a good omen in western culture with many famous royal personalities throughout history crediting it with being the number that controlled destiny. Countries like the UK, France, Netherlands, Germany, Portugal, Spain Austria, and Norway all have a special affection for the number that seems to cross-cultural lines and even religious lines as the countries with more of a rich pagan heritage have attached positive feeling to the number.
The Number 13
One of the strange outliers in the global consensus that the number thirteen is a bad omen is found in Italy. To the Italians, the number thirteen is seen in many different places in the society, from the markets to the gambling houses; to the churches, cathedrals, and monasteries. The number is considered to be lucky because of its connection to St. Anthony, a person who is commonly regarded as the patron saint of lost items and lost people. The faithful often pray to the saint for the location of things like lost keys, but they also pray for him and use his number as a charm to bring themselves good luck and good fortune.
The Number 4 is a number that doesn’t often come up when you are listing off lucky numbers unless you are talking about two particular countries. In Germany, the number represents good luck attributed to unity and idea of balance. In Ireland, the number is linked to the four leaf clover and good luck. Some consider it a number that is linked to St Patrick’s Day, especially in modern times as it has the history connected to the four leaf clover and St. Patrick’s Day has become blended with this symbol.
Norway is still very closely linked to it pagan past. In many regards, gnomes and trolls are very much still a concern and in some circles flat out accepted as fact. So it is no surprise that since the number nine is linked to Norwegian mythology, the people of Norway treat it as something of a sacred number and a number that brings good fortune. This tradition is an example pagan roots, finding their way into modern society.