Venezuela Currency is Bolivar Economy dependent on oil Oil accounts for 90% of all exports Want to sell more oil to China and be less dependent on the U.S. People stand close to each other while doing business
Brazil Light meals at night, lunch bigger Talk about soccer & family Do not talk about rival Argentina & politics Women touch cheeks & air kiss when meeting Long handshakes O.K. hand gesture is rude Currency: Real
Spain Dinner served at/after 9pm Different business ranks do not mix company Do not rush negotiations Men/women wear high-quality business suits Currency: Euro
China Don’t eat all of your meal –shows you are still hungry and is disrespectful Don’t discuss business at dinner Very discriminatory to women in business Large agricultural industry Currency: Chinese Yuan (CNY)
More on China China is the world's third-largest trading nation. Cheap Chinese shoes and textiles flooding Europe and the United States, underpaid Chinese labor may threaten to wipe out entire industries abroad. Chinese researchers claim their growing exports have improved the lives of people abroad because the products are so cheap.
Switzerland Private people Avoid personal questions, cracking jokes Dinner lighter than lunch, sometimes just cheese Very expensive food - $12 burger! Home to Nestle Currency: Swiss Franc – not the Euro
Cuba Use “comrade” instead of Mr. / Mrs. Cuban Peso Chinese are drilling offshore Cuba U.S. embargo with Cuba Embargo voted heavily against by U.N. but still stands...will Obama lift it?
United Kingdom (Great Britain) Conservative dress Men don’t wear striped ties “V” Victory sign with palm facing in is offensive Offended if you mix up British with Scottish, English, Welsh, Northern Ireland Home to HSBC, BP & Vodafone Currency: British Pound-not the Euro!
Canada Conservative, dark dress “V” Victory sign facing in is bad Rude to eat in public (Streets, busses, etc) Expensive gifts are frowned upon
Kazakhstan Rich in Uranium Currency: Tenge Greet with a kiss on the cheek 8:30 bed time (no late night business deals) Transitioning from a communist to democratic economy
Belgium Conservative/dark color dress Kiss during greeting; men shake hands Rude to leave food on plate Avoid confrontation Currency: Euro
Japanese Highly recommended to bring a gift Don’t choose your seat, wait to be seated and wait to get up Currency: yen Toyota, Sony, Nintendo, Nissan, Mitsubishi Tokyo-most expensive city in the world to live in. Avoid pointing (live in such close quarters) Avoid talking with hands
More on Japan Always bow – lower and longer than your host Take off shoes when entering home Be prepared to take a bath before dinner at a guests home Bath water is shared by all in the home Tipping is unnecessary and impolite Japanese often wear sterilized masks
Germany Authority is well-known and respected 2 hour midday meal called mittagessen Leaving food on table is disrespectful & wasteful Home to Braun, Puma, Adidas, BMW, Siemens, Volkswagen Currency: Euro
New Zealand Be early or on-time not fashionably late Don’t talk during meals, do it before/after food arrives Do not want to be associated with Australia (they are a separate country!) More sheep than people by 10:1 ratio Major exporter of wool and sheep meat Currency: New Zealand dollar
France Don’t loosen ties or take off jackets at work Conservative dress– invest in well- tailored clothes Punctuality treated casually Lunch best time to conduct business Do not make unannounced visits Currency: Euro
South Africa Business BBQ meals at homes called braaivieis Casual about business deals so do not rush them Don’t give gift with left hand-offensive Most industrious country in African continent Women wear Sari Currency: Rand
Argentina Don’t put your feet up! Don’t eat outside in public Conservative business dress Business luncheons uncommon, dinner okay Currency: Argentine Peso
Netherlands (aka Holland aka the Dutch) Give flowers as a gift but an odd number is bad luck Can also give chocolate, don’t give wine Dark and conservative dress Keep distance from others in meetings Language: Dutch Currency: Euro
Italy Business is done with those they know Air kiss friends, shake hands w/ strangers Heated arguments a regular in meetings Talk loudly Home to Armani, Ferrari & Maserati 17 unlucky number Currency: Euro
Australia Conservative dress in Melbourne & Sydney Tropical areas men wear shirt & ties w/ Bermuda shorts to work Get down to work quickly, appreciate brevity Aussies use colorful language unthinkable in other countries Currency: Australian Dollar