Another favorite celebratory food is salgadinhos, which are salty snacks similar to tapas. Portuguese is the official language, although some of the population speak Spanish, Italian, or various Amerindian languages. Family, educational and socioeconomic backgrounds are important to Brazilians. Do not feel offended if you are interrupted as this is very common and acceptable in Brazil and indicates interest and enthusiasm. Nearly half of the population is under 20 years old.
Expect to do most of your business face-to-face rather than by phone, fax, or e-mail. The most original of the alcohols in Brazil is cachaca, which is a liquor that is distilled from sugar cane that is quite popular; it's easy to find in a mixed drink. Getting Things Done -- As informal and casual as Brazilians are in social settings, they can be strangely formal in a business situation: Titles matter and hierarchy is followed strictly. Gifts will be opened when received. If asked to pass a dish or a seasoning, be sure to pass to your left. Men shake hands and maintain steady eye contact Women kiss twice on each cheek if married, at third time if single.
Another tacky thing that happens all the time in restaurants is the annoying habit of straight couples to sit side by side at table, often occupying a four-place table instead of a cozier two-place one. Initial facts may not be entirely correct in a meeting. Only fancier restaurants won't have them available at the table. Loyalty in a collectivist culture is paramount, and over-rides most other societal rules. If you forget, at least try to wipe your mouth several times throughout the meal. Usually business will not take place until a relationship with the business counterpart is established. Now, carlos, you're sounding like an Ugly Brazilian.
The Geert Hofstede analysis for Brazil is similar to its Latin American neighbors. Avoid wearing this combination in any fashion Touching arms and elbows and backs very common The O. Most Brazilians eat lunch at about 11:30 am or noon and don't tend to finish until about 1:30 or even later if this is their largest meal of the day. Today the length and complexity of this meal is very dependent on jobs and lifestyle as many people can't have an extended lunch break so eat a smaller lunch then a larger dinner, while for others the opposite is true. Being on time for social visits is considered rude. Light colours are acceptable for summer note that summer months in Brazil are from December to February.
You should always try and appear alert and maintain eye contact when conversing. Lunch, known in as almoco, tends to be the largest meal of the day. If someone feels like they have something worth adding, they will frequently state their opinion. They speak in very close proximity, with lots of physical contact. Venezuela Rooted in Europe, Venezuela boasts an impressive history, culture, and beauty, including the Caribbean Coast pictured. The had some influence, as did the and among others.
Even if you cannot communicate in this language properly, your effort will be highly appreciated. Make sure you ask the driver about air conditioner before getting on board. You may place your knife and fork on your plate using either the Continental or American style. It was odd to me, but I didn't make a big deal out of it. It's considered rude to not answer a phone call in Brazil to at least say you will call back and interrupting a meeting for this purpose isn't considered rude, Lonely Planet says.
To be on the safe side always arrive on time, at least until you become more familiar with Brazilian business culture. Today churrasco is a national favorite, although it remains more common in southern Brazil. This allows them to know their business associates in a more personal fashion. During the week, dinner can be also used as business time, even if in Brazil lunch is the preference for this kind of meeting. In many of the Latin American countries, including Brazil, the population is predominantly Catholic see Religions Graph below. The most honored position is at the head of the table.
Trade shows are very good 'feel' for the country's business environment. Also in the past century new waves of immigrants have arrived to , most notably from. The only other dress code applies to churches and government buildings loosely adhered to in most parts but enforced with un-Brazilian ferocity in Brasilia : No shorts, tank tops, flip-flops, or miniskirts allowed. Brazilian business meetings often run very late so do not schedule two meetings one behind the other at it is seen as impolite to leave a meeting before anybody else does. Check his shirts for lipstick and note any suspicious phone calls he takes. As a foreigner you should be prepared for this close proximity in personal space.