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Typically Norwegian
What is typically Norwegian? The first answers you will probably find are fjords, mountains, snow and skiing. Indeed, the nature is phenomenal. It is not only the Norwegians that find their country one of the most beautiful in the...
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Diplomacy and sensitivity
Diplomats were born when ancient travellers -- such as Marco Polo, Vasco de Gama and Francis Drake - travelled to other continents without any accurate understanding of their route, neither the manner in which they would be received by the people...
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Hong Kong tips
Skyscrapers and temples, shopping malls and traditional markets sit side by side in Hong Kong. It is a unique meeting place for East and West. It is no surprise that almost all multinationals are located here. Local employees are smart, hardworking...
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Is it English?
Imagine being told, “I’ll shout you lunch”? This can be mis-interpreted. It is actually a generous gesture in New Zealand…what the speaker means is, “I will pay for our lunch”! or “Lunch is on...
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Argentina : Tick-Tock
The expressive communication style of the Argentineans is very different to the rest of Latin America. They have a huge European influence and so they are on the whole open, blunt, and direct, yet are able to remain tactful and...
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Eye contact
Some cultures will consider you ‘shifty’, 'insincere' and even 'not to be trusted' if you don’t establish and hold eye contact when communicating. Other cultures deem it downright rude and offensive to look them in...
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Cultural faux pas in New York City
Don't interfere with others' privacy. New York is a very crowded place. The way people deal with it is to create their own space. Thus, what outsiders often see as aloofness and isolation is, in fact, a sign of community; there is a shared...
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North-Americanized English in Trinidad
There are many variations that can affect styles of communication.  In Trinidad, typical British-style English might be used in official settings; however as trade with the United States and Canada increases, North Americanized English is...
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GHANA: Elaborate Asante ceremonies
Among the Asante in Ghana, ayie or funerals count among the biggest social events. Employees may leave work on a Thursday to travel to a distant funeral where the celebration of the deceased’s life may last several days.   These...
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ROMANIA: A few superstitions
Romanians have myriads of customs, beliefs, and superstitions related to different events and times of the year. Here are a few Romanian superstitions: when a person praises a child, he or she should be wearing red. This can protect the child from...