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Argentina is characterized by its individualistic and competitive culture. Argentines generally stand closer and are more apt to touch each other than Europeans or North Americans will. Read more


English is the language of business in Australia, but jobseekers should be aware that Australian English can be rather idiomatic. Read more


It is useful to know some of the basic Austrian expressions, in addition to the German language. A good deal of business is conducted in English. Read more


Belgians tend to be rather formal and shake hands at the beginning and end of each interaction, both when meeting someone for the first time and when leaving a meeting. Read more


Physical contact is an important element of communication in Brazil and visitors should not be alarmed or intimidated by this. Read more


Canada is one of the world's least densely inhabited countries, with a highly multi-cultural population. Read more


Generally, managers in Chile tend to be formal and conservative. Work is generally conducted in autocratic systems. Read more


The color red is a sign of wealth and success when used with products and services. Also associated with success and power are gold and yellow. Read more

Costa Rica

Avoid using first names until invited to do so and use formal Spanish pronouns and titles. Read more


The Danes work intensely while on the job in order to go home to their families early. Read more


The sauna has a role in both business and social interactions and has a protocol all its own. Read more


Rank most definitely has its privileges in France. Hierarchy is something to be respected. Read more


The German communication style is very direct and can appear aggressive to some cultures. Punctuality is of utmost importance in business environments. Read more


In sectors other than government and finance, business-casual clothing is becoming more acceptable. Read more

Hong Kong

Although Western influence has filtered into Hong Kong; one should not assume that business is conducted the same way as in Western countries. Read more


Most women do not shake hands with men since physical contact is traditionally not acceptable between acquaintances of the opposite sex. Read more


As building rapport is important in Irish culture; it is common to engage in social conversation prior to a meeting, often over non-alcoholic refreshments. Read more


Italy is a relatively young country compared to other European nations. Read more


Expatriates who want to obtain employment in Japan need to have an understanding of, and respect for, this ancient culture and its people. Read more


Communication in Mexico tends to be subtle and non-confrontational. Read more


English is spoken widely throughout the Netherlands as a second language but knowing and using a little Dutch can help develop closer, more respectful relationships with Dutch colleagues. Read more


Formal clothing is the norm in the workplace, and deference is given to senior positions by juniors. Read more


Norwegians tend to keep business and personal relations separate, resulting in a reserved but pleasant business environment. Read more


When invited out, let the host pay at a restaurant, but be sure to return the favor! Read more


Peru is a thousand-year old country, steeped in tradition and a grand history. Read more


Russia has a strong collectivist culture that dates back to medieval times when farmers lived and worked in self-managed agricultural communities known as mirs or obschina. Read more


Although Western business practices are seen in modern day Singapore, businesses are still run very much like a family. Read more

South Africa

South Africa has one of the most diverse communities in the world and has 11 official languages. Read more

South Korea

Koreans are more likely than other Asian cultures to accept foreign acquaintances. They enjoy helping expatriates understand and experience their traditions. Read more


Life in Spain may be best characterized by its unhurried pace. Although often delayed, things eventually get done. Read more


Staying late at the office is not necessarily a good sign; it may be interpreted as indicating that the individual is incapable of organizing him or herself well. Read more


Key principles in Swiss society include cleanliness, a strong work ethic and honesty. Read more


The British strive for loyalty and integrity, and they appreciate directness. Read more


There are more expatriates than UAE nationals living in the UAE, which has a tradition of cultural diversity dating back to 3000 BCE. Read more


Time is considered a valuable commodity in the United States and it is important to arrive punctually for meetings. Read more
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