“Better to be late than never” is common saying in Venezuela when it comes to punctuality. Being early or on time can even be viewed as rude. It’s recommended that you arrive later than the requested time when invited to someone’s home or else you may seem too eager or even greedy. Be punctual for business meetings, […]
Singapore prohibits the sale of chewing gum due to the amount of litter it produces. Authorities found large amounts also being stuck in subway stations, chairs, tables, lifts and other public areas . It is even illegal to chew gum while riding on Singapore’s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system.
Always make sure to count the number of flowers you give someone when in Russia or Poland. Even number of flowers symbolize death and are a funeral custom.
Drivers are legally required to carry a portable Breathalyzer in their vehicle when in France. This does include tourists who drive in from other countries. If you are caught driving without two single use breathalyzers or one re-useable one, you will be fined 11 Euros on the spot
Pouring and emptying the last of a bottle into someone’s glass obliges that person to buy the next bottle in Armenia.
Saunas are the preferred way to relax and socialize in Finland. Family gatherings or even business meeting can be followed up with an invite to let off some steam in a local sauna. There are more than 1 Sauna for every 3 people in Finland (over two million). That’s more Saunas than cars. It is […]
In Portugal, if you ask for salt and pepper, ketchup or any seasoning to be added to your food, you are insulting the chef. Taste your food before seasoning it.
In Maldives, public observance of any religion other than Islam is prohibited, and it’s an offence to import bibles into the islands. This religious aspect could ultimately lead to the banning of spas, same-sex beaches and alcohol from holiday resorts in the Maldives.
In mid-conversation or in meetings, you can expect people to answer their cellphones when in Brazil. It’s considered rude to not answer a phone call, even if it is to at least say you will call back. Interrupting someone for this purpose isn’t considered rude.
When in Thailand you shouldn’t be surprised if someone picks their nose in public or even while talking to you. It can happen at any time and anywhere, and it’s considered a good hygiene to do so.
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