Culture Smart! Greece: The essential guide to customs & culture.
When you enter Greece’s mountainous peninsula, with its long coastline and unique archipelago, you are returning to the cradle of Western civilization. And while the ancient Greeks fashioned our political, ethical, aesthetic, and scientific values, their descendants down the ages have continued to set trends and shape world events. The Greek character is a product of the landscape. Surrounded by sea on three sides, the physical features of the land forged the pronounced individuality and strong local patriotism of the warring city-states of antiquity. Their shared history and language formed the basis of a powerful world culture. Today it is coming to terms with its recent economic and political upheavals. The Greeks have repeatedly proved they can adjust and shift their expectations—the new generation knows the old ways have gone and is bracing itself for unpredictable challenges.
Culture Smart! Greece will equip you with essential information about the background, values, and attitudes of the people you will meet and give practical advice on how to deal with unfamiliar situations. Life in Greece operates on many criss-crossing levels, offering plenty of possibilities and a variety of lifestyles. Visitors emerge from their Greek experience enriched for life, with an enduring affection for this beautiful land and its gifted people.
Constantine Buhayer is an Anglo-Greek broadcaster, country analyst, and specialist in Greek and Balkan affairs. He has worked as a producer for the BBC and CBS, and he is a regular commentator on television and radio.
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Home to some of the best beers in the world, Central Europe is one of the most culturally rich regions to explore. Check out these 10 values and attitudes straight from our guides!
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- It is the reserved nature of the Czechs that visitors may notice at first, however emotion in speech is hard to gauge as Czechs speak in low tones and with a minimum of inflection.
- Czech has fewer names considered to be “acceptable”. Parents must submit the names they are planning to give to their child to a sort of ‘name police’ – a government bureaucrat – to determine whether the name is suitable. So you’ll probably meet more than one Petra, Jans, Zdeněk or Palvas. Czechs also do not use middle names so finding the proper for example; Radek Dolezal will be a challenge!
Culture Smart! Hong Kong: The essential guide to customs & culture.
Visitors marvel at Hong Kong’s breathtaking location, its amazing architecture, its exciting shopping, and its fine dining. And yet it is a land of opposites—of order juxtaposed with chaos, of ancient etiquette and seemingly abrupt manners, a place where rich and poor live in close proximity.
Culturally, Hong Kong is rooted in the traditions of China, but there is more than a patina of Westernization. And despite stiff competition, it remains the principal international financial center in China. Hong Kong has more holidays than anywhere in the world, and most are celebrated in the streets or parks.
Culture Smart! Hong Kong introduces the reader to this vibrant, multifaceted society. It provides helpful advice and cultural insights on business practice and social etiquette. Published in January 2018, it is available in North America through IPG.
Vickie Chan is a writer, illustrator/artist, and creative director, who has written for the South China Morning Post, China Daily, Gafencu magazine, and more.
Clare Vickers has a degree in modern languages, has written several dictionaries and textbooks for Hong Kong schools, and had a column in the educational section of the South China Morning Post.
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East Africa is a beautiful part of the continent, with lots to see and do. Read our top tips about the values and customs of this amazing region before you go.
- In Tanzania, it’s polite to leave a little food at the end of the meal to show your hosts you are full.
- Commenting on weight gain is a compliment as it means that you are successful, enjoying your free time and eating well. So if someone comments that you’ve put on weight, say “thank you”.
There’s much more to Scandinavia than Ikea and top crime-drama television programmes.
- Punctuality is very important in Norway due to the culture of fairness and equality. Everyone’s time is equally important. Trains, ferries and buses nearly always leave on time. It’s important to be punctual on time, and not too early or too late.
East Asia is an exciting and culturally unique corner of the world popular with tourists. Check out these 10 values and attitudes straight from our guides.
- In 2009, a brand new festival “Singles Day” was invented as a marketing ploy. The date is 11 November, or 11/11, as the four number ones symbolise four “bare sticks” (single people). Singles Day is equivalent to America’s Black Friday in terms of popularity and sales.
- The annual Moon Festival (which is around mid-September) celebrates the legend of the moon goddess Chang-O. This is a family affair to admire the full moon and eat “moon-cakes” which are round cakes with fillings such as lotus-seed paste, fruit or ham.
‘Street Art in Bogotá’ by Erin Murgatoyd
As Colombia’s capital, Bogotá is representative of the ‘forgotten history’ that plagues the country today. Memory has been repressed as a method of coping with the difficult past that citizens often feel they need to account for. It is for this reason that when I asked what was being celebrated on a Colombian bank holiday, I was greeted with a series of blank faces – people no longer remembered because history had not been transferred between generations. This forgotten past stems partly from repression by government figures, but it’s also common for it to be imposed by individuals themselves. Occasionally fragments of the forgotten world can be found, and it is Bogotá’s street art which is perhaps the greatest remnant of all.
Western Europe is a popular destination for expats, students, and tourists. Check out these 10 values and attitudes straight from our guides.
- Belgium has always been multicultural. For its whole recorded history its territory has been inhabited by more than one people. There has been internal migration and immigration. Not long after the Belgian nation was created in the nineteenth century, people flocked from poor Flanders to newly industrialized Wallonia.
North America – Looking for your next destination? What are the idiosyncrasies of North American countries? Check out these 10 values and attitudes straight from our guides.
1. Guatemala is home to the largest group of indigenous peoples within North America. Areas such as Alta Verapaz are almost 100% Maya and work to preserve their identity and culture, setting up cultural activist groups.