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Culture Differences Around The World

Chess is mandatory school subject for kids in Armenia.

It’s normal for children to drink coffee in Colombia.

In the villages of Fiji, only the chief can wear hats and sunglasses.

In Churchill, Canada, people leave their cars unlocked so people can escape encounters with polar bears.

It’s very normal to arrive late to meetings in the Dominican Republic.

Selling chewing gum in Singapore is illegal. Singaporeans are also the fastest walkers on earth according to a study on pedestrian walking pace.

In Azerbaijan, it’s customary to kiss bread if you drop it on the floor.

In Rwanda, on the last saturday of every month, people take part in a national day of community service.

Citizens of Monaco aren’t allowed to gamble or visit the country’s casinos.

It’s considered impolite to eat with your left hand in Morocco.

In Tuvalu, first, second and third cousins of the opposite sex are expected to avoid talking to each other.

In Jordan, it’s polite to refuse an offer of a meal 3 times before finally accepting.

Name days are celebrated in Poland just like birthdays.

In Senegal, some taxis have tails made of goat or sheep hair, which is believed to bring good luck.

In Tajikistan, the monobrow is considered an attractive feature in both men and women.

In Finland, 13 October is celebrated every year as the Annual Day for Failure. It’s a reminder to learn from mistakes and progress.

In Algeria, it’s customary to eat food with only 3 fingers. Any more than that is considered a sign of greed.

In Puerto Rico, it’s considered appropriate to stand very close to the person you’re speaking with.

In Chad, a future husband is expected to work in the fields of his father-in-law for 3 years.

In Tonga, every citizen is entitled to a plot of land at age 16.

Every resident in Lichtenstein is invited to an annual party by the head of state.

In Martinique, greeting someone informally can include double, triples or even quadruple cheek kissing.

In Samoa, it’s considered impolite to make direct eye contact with the people you’re talking to.

In Djibouti, taxi fares increase by 50% after sunset.

In Jamaica, greetings from the young to elders is a form of politeness.

In Uzbekistan, it’s tradition to seat the most respected guest the farthest distance from the house entrance.

In Brunei, pointing with your index finger is considered offensive. Instead it’s better to point with your thumb.

In western culture, eating food noisily is considered rude. But in Japan, slurping your noodles shows that you’re enjoying them.

Tipping is uncommon in South Korea. People may get confused if you try to give them a tip.

In Iceland, books are exchanged as Xmas presents, a tradition called Jolabokaflod (Christmas book flood) that originates from times when paper was not rationed.

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