Posted by: Tim | March 2, 2010

Some cultural facts to consider

Here are some random cultural facts for you to consider. Please feel free to comment/add to the list as you please!

  • In Vietnam they work a 6-day week, with Sunday as the rest day. Business hours are from 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.
  • In Italy you should not give yellow flowers as they indicate jealousy.
  • In German business the initial meetings are used to get to know each other. They allow your German colleagues to determine if you are trustworthy.
  • In Italian business meetings decisions are not reached, the meetings are meant for a free flow of ideas.
  • When you are invited to an Egyptians house you are to remove your shoes before entering.
  • Approximately 1.12 billion people live in India, 22% of them live below the poverty level.
  • In Germany, when entering a room you are expected to shake hands with every person in the room, including children.
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