Culture in Greece leah valladolid

country profile-1

  • Capital of Greece : Athens
  • Population : 10,903,914 about 11.03 million
  • Ethnic make-up: Greek-98% Other-2% Muslim-1.3%
  • Language: Greek minority Macedonian/Albanian

country profile -2

  • Government : Constitutional Republic ,Parliamentary Republic , Parliamentary System
  • Currency : Euros
  • Major Religions : Greek Orthodox 98%, Muslim 1.3%, other 0.7% , The religion of most of the population is Muslims, Catholics, and Jewish. Religion is integral to life in Greece and is evidenced in the respect for hierarchy and view of the family as a single unit of strength. Most holidays and festivals are religious in nature. Younger people are not as devout church-goers as their parents and grandparents, yet most will still turn to the church to observe such important rituals such as weddings and funerals. Easter is the major religious holiday and the celebration is more important to most Greeks than Christmas.
  • Climate : The climate is mild, rainy winters, relatively warm and dry summers extended periods of sunshine , mostly mountains with ranges extending into the sea as peninsulas or chains of islands

traditional foods

  • Charcoal-grilled and split- roasted meats
  • Souvlaki is still greece favorite fast-food, both the Gyros and skewered meat versions wrapped in Pitta bread with tomato,onion's and lashings of Tzatziki
  • Moussaka oven baked casserole of layered egg plant and spiced meat filling topped with creamy bechamel
  • Kreatopita meat pie using lamb, goat or pork mince with rice and a light tomato sauce
  • Snails
  • Wine is common to drink in greece

appointment alert

  • Appointments and all information about meetings should be confirmed in writing or faxed or emailed, an agenda is rarely sent out in advanced
  • Avoid setting up an appointment during the month of august, as many businesses will be closed in the summer holidays
  • Expexcted to be on time or earlier than the time you have scheduled for your appointment
  • Should be made between 1 or 2 weeks advanced , Should not be made between 1 and 3 pm

business dress code

  • It is important to look smart and well presented in Greece
  • A dark colored suit for men and professional outfit for women, preferably in dark or subtle colors, avoiding provocative clothing .
  • Women should wear either business suits or tasteful dresses, preferably in dark or subtle colors
  • In the summer months it is okay for men to wear just a shirt with trousers and (sometimes a tie )
  • Women in the summer its okay to wear lightly dresses, avoiding tight clothing

conversation and meeting etiquette

  • Greeks are warm and hospitable
  • When meeting someone for the first time, they shake hands firmly , smile , and maintain direct eye contact
  • Good friends often embrace; they may also kiss each other on each cheek. Male friends often slap each others arm at the shoulder
  • Confirm meetings one day in advanced
  • Have printed material in both English and Greek
  • Greeks will deviate from agendas. They view agendas as starting points for discussions and will then follow the discussion to the next logical place.
  • Quite often it is not until the third meeting that business is actually conducted. During the first meeting your Greek business colleagues will want to get to know something about you as a person. The second meeting is used to develop trust and mutual respect. By the third meeting, business may begin.

gift giving etiquette

  • In general Greeks exchange gifts with friends and family of "Name-days" (birth date of the saint after whom they are named) and Christmas
  • Some Greeks might celebrate birthdays but they are most likely to celebrate name days
  • Gifts need to not be expensive , Since gifts are generally reciprocated, giving something of great value could put a burden on the recipient since they would feel obligated to give you something of equivalent value.
  • When invited to dinner at a Greek home , bring something small
  • Gifts should be wrapped
  • Gifts should be open immediately one given

lets make a deal (business negotiations)

  • Deals should be made by the phone or in writing (try to avoid making negotiations in person)
  • Forming a personal relationship is critical to developing a successful business relationship.
  • Companies are hierarchical. Greeks respect age and position.
  • Business is conducted slowly. You will have to be patient and not appear ruffled.
  • Demonstrate how your product or service enhances your colleague's reputation.
  • Do not lose your temper or appear irritated during business discussions.
  • Greeks are skilled negotiators. They quite enjoy haggling.
  • Decision making is held at the top of the company.
  • Imposing a deadline on reaching a decision may end the negotiations.
  • Contracts are often quite simple since the personal relationship dictates that accommodations will be made on either side should the need arise.

dining etiquette

  • Arriving 30 minutes late is considered punctual!
  • Dress well. This demonstrates respect for your hosts.
  • Offer to help the hostess with the preparation or clearing up after a meal is served. Your offer may not be accepted, but it will be appreciated.
  • Expect to be treated like royalty!
  • Do not sit until instructed by host
  • Do not put arms in lap
  • NO elbows on table
  • Share food with others
  • Wait for the host to tell you when to start eating
  • Oldest perason in always served first
  • Table manners are Continental , The fork is held in the left hand and the knife in the right while eating.
  • It is considered polite to soak up gravy or sauce with a piece of bread
  • Make sure to finish everything on your plate
  • Put your napkin next to your plate when you have finished eating.
  • Indicate you have finished eating by laying your knife and fork parallel on your plate with the handles facing to the right.
  • Host gives first toast
  • An honoured guest should return the toast later in the meal.
  • The most common toast is "to your health", which is "stinygiasou" in informal situations and "eis igían sas" at formal functions.

public behavior

  • When you see someone you know you greet them with pat on back , kiss on cheek or a hug ect.
  • Nodding your head "yes" is not polite; say "yes" instead.
  • The “O.K.” sign is a rude gesture; "thumbs up" means O.K.
  • Greeks will often makes gestures by inclining their heads such as tilting their heads upwards to indicate "no"
  • Conversations are often held at a high volume – which may or may not indicate anger.

work cited


Created with images by ancasta1901 - "Santorini_03" • moritz320 - "protection shares alternative" • kasabubu - "santorini island greece" • tjuel - "Greek flag" • post406 - "Gifts" • blickpixel - "gifts packages made" • popofatticus - "easter table"

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