It is difficult to make generalizations about social customs. The following information is presented as a guideline to assist you in understanding what makes each culture unique and also what brings us together.


Brazilians are a fun-loving people. While attitude in the South may be somewhat colder and more reserved, from Rio upwards people usually boast a captivating attitude towards life and truly enjoy having a good time. Attitudes towards foreigners may also be subject to regional differences.



Ask almost anyone in the world what are Canadians like and the most likely answers you will get will be “friendly”, “peaceful”, “hospitable”, “civilized”, “open-minded”, “tolerant”, “polite”, “courteous” and “modest”, just to name a few of the qualities that make Canadians such a special people.



Although Germans may seem reserved or even unfriendly, they are not as standoffish as they may first appear. Germans are very frank and will not hesitate to show disapproval. To the uninitiated this may come across as confrontational, but it stems mostly from honesty. Germans tend to be quite direct but polite.



Comprised of over 17,000 islands and with a national motto of ‘Unity in Diversity’, Indonesia’s society can be very varied.Though known as being friendly and open as a country and people, awareness of customs and traditions may ease any culture shock, and it’s always good to be shown making the effort. 



Italians on the whole believe in living life to the fullest. They laugh, shout, cry and argue at the top of their voices in public. They are always blasting their horns if you drive too slow. However they never take themselves too seriously and the Italian sense of humour is ever present.



Upon meeting each other for the first, second or umpteenth time, men and women usually bow, although the more cosmopolitan may shake hands. Often, people will bow and shake hands simultaneously! When in doubt, always ask someone, preferably older than you, for advice about how to greet people. 



The average Lebanese is extremely individualistic. Lebanese people like to “show off” but have a great sense of dignity and humor. They are always willing to be of assistance and are extremely hospitable. Close family relationships, loyalty to family and friends, and honor are extremely important.



Russian culture has a long and rich history, steeped in literature, ballet, painting and classical music. While outsiders may see the country as drab, Russia has a very visual cultural past, from its colorful folk costumes to its ornate religious symbols. Here is a brief overview of Russian customs and traditions. 



The spread of education and increased economic opportunity have modified a traditional social structure based on kinship, but the majority of the people adhere to the traditional values of Kersa (respect for others) and Tegin (good manners). Terranga (hospitality) is a common word used by almost all of the country’s twelve ethnic groups.



The Spanish have the right balance when it comes to work and social life. Their lives generally do not revolve so much around their work but more about what happens after it. It is quite common for life to begin when the sun goes down, especially in summer. Much of Spanish life is lived in […]


United States

The United States is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. Nearly every region of the world has influenced American culture, as it is a country of immigrants, most notably the English who colonized the country beginning in the early 1600s. U.S. culture has also been shaped by the cultures of Native Americans, […]