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  2. 2. Belgium<br /><ul><li> Capital:   Brussels
  3. 3. Ethnic Make-up: Fleming 58%, Walloon 31%, mixed or other</li></ul> 11%<br /><ul><li> Religions:  Roman Catholic 75%, Protestant or other 25%</li></li></ul><li>Languages of Belgium<br /> Official Languages of Belgium are French, Dutch and German. <br />Wallon is used by 33% of population. <br /> Flemish, the local variant of Dutch, is used by more than 60% of the population.<br />
  4. 4. Culture of BELGIUM<br />The three predominant cultures are :-<br />in north, Flanders -  primarily Dutch<br />in  the south, Wallonia - primarily French and <br />the northeast - primarily German influenced. <br />
  5. 5. Etiquette & Protocol Guidelines for Belgium<br />Meeting Etiquette :-<br />A brief handshake for unknown.<br />2. Three kisses for known.<br />3. Men never kisses men. <br />
  6. 6. Gift giving etiquettes :-<br />Flowers or good quality chocolates for the hostess.<br />Flowers should be given in an odd number, but not 13.<br />Liquor or wine should only be given to close friends.<br />Gifts are opened when received.<br />
  7. 7. Dining Etiquette :-<br />Written invitation to be replied in written.<br />Arrive on time. Punctuality demonstrates respect. <br />Table manners are Continental .<br />Never leave food on your plate. It is seen as both rude and wasteful. <br />Belgians take pride in their cuisine, so praising a meal is a sincere compliment.<br />
  8. 8. Business Etiquette and Protocol in Belgium<br />Relationships & Communication :-<br />Must always be polite and well mannered.<br />Business dealings tend to be bureaucratic.<br />Belgians are excellent linguists .<br />
  9. 9. Contd..<br />Belgians prefer subtlety to directness.<br />They prefer communication to be logical and based on reason .<br />Belgians often engage in long, critical discussions .<br />
  10. 10. Business Meeting Etiquette :-<br />Appointments are necessary .<br />The person you are meeting will generally set the time for the meeting .<br />Avoid scheduling meetings during July and August .<br />Punctuality is very important.<br />First appointments are more socially than business oriented .<br />Do not remove your jacket during a meeting.<br />
  11. 11. Dress Etiquette :-<br />Men - dark coloured, conservative business suits with white shirts and silk ties. <br />Women - business suits or conservative dresses.<br />Men should only wear laced <br /> polished shoes .<br />
  12. 12. Business Cards :-<br />Business cards are exchange without formal ritual.<br />Have one side of your business card translated into French or Dutch.<br />Different business cards are to be used in different areas.<br />Present your business card so the recipient can read the side with their national language.<br />