Country Etiquette Guides
Understanding other people's languages, cultures, etiquettes and taboos is of great value to the traveller or visiting business person.

Scroll down the page for information on a selected number of countries. Topics include language, useful phrases, the society, culture, business and social etiquettes.

It is important to bear in mind that these act as guides only and are not in any way definitive. Each society and culture will have numerous nuances that would make it irresponsible to suggest a uniform approach to understanding any country's social/business culture or etiquette. Yet, loose guidelines can assist in bettering understanding and avoiding offence.

Other resources include: Our Doing Business in...guides; the latest news at Intercultural & Cross-Cultural News; or be kept up to date on new additions via our Newsletter - Al-Andalus.

You can access 'Useful Phrases' here or through the corresponding country.

Etiquette, Customs and Protocol


Afghanistan Azerbaijan Bahrain Bangladesh China Georgia India Iran Kuwait Pakistan Russia

Saudi Arabia Sri Lanka Turkey


Algeria Egypt Kenya Morocco Senegal South Africa Tunisia


Austria Belgium Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France Germany Greece

Hungary Italy Lithuania Luxembourg Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Slovakia Slovenia Spain

Sweden UK Ukraine

North & South America:

Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Colombia Dominican Republic Jamaica Mexico Venezuela

East Asia & Australasia:

Australia Cambodia Hong Kong Indonesia Japan Malaysia New Zealand Philippines Singapore South Korea

Taiwan Thailand Vietnam
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