Business in Greece By Rhian Holifield

Greek culture

In general, the Greeks are particularly proud of their culture and speak of their country with an intense passion, feeling that the culture in Greece is a definition of their national and ethnic belonging. Traditions, religion, music, language, food and wines are the major composites of the culture in Greece and constitute the base for those who wish to visit and understand today's country.

Appointment alert

  • It's not always necessary to make an appointment
  • Parking and traffic is an excuse when you're late
  • Prepare for meetings to run late
  • No business on Oxi (no) day August 8th, and Independence Day March 25th
  • In August, most take vacation

Business dress

  • Conservative
  • Men wear suits and ties in the winter but more casual in the summer because of the temperature
  • Fashion conscious
  • Women wear dresses/suits and heels in subtle colors
  • Sneakers are only worn when working out or by tourists
  • Even in casual situations, they wear dressy clothing


  • Typically very knowledgeable about world events
  • Very loud and passionate when speaking
  • They don't get angry with each other, they simply state their opinion
  • They express emotions to the fullest (emotional roller coaster)
  • They use big gestures when speaking
  • Physical contact is common

Gift Giving

  • Generous people
  • Bring small gifts with the company logo
  • Gifts aren't required on the first meeting
  • If invited into someone's home, bring chocolate and flowers

Let's Make a Deal

  • Skillful negotiators
  • Can be complex and frustrating to outsiders
  • Recommended that a lawyer or local partner assist negotiations

Prosperous entertaining

  • Known for hospitality
  • Viewed as an opportunity to develop a better personal relationship with partners
  • When eating out, they eat small plates (mezes) instead of one large plate
  • Leave a 15% gratuity is typically added to a restaurant bill as a "service fee"
  • Greeks love compliments on their homes and meals

Public behavior

  • Physical contact
  • Speak at high volumes
  • The "ok" and "stop" hand signs are considered offensive
  • Make gestures by incling their heads
  • Kiss on both cheeks

What I found interesting

  • You don't always need to set up the meeting in advance
  • They wear dressy clothing even in casual settings
  • Very loud and passionate when speaking
  • They're very generous
  • Skillful negotiators
  • The "ok" and "stop" hand signs are offensive


Loukoumades aka Lokmas


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