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COMMUNICATING ACROSS CULTURES Presentation By… And David Sanders Melissa Fisher Amy Lambert
INTRODUCING: BELGIUM <ul><li>Geography </li></ul><ul><li>Language </li></ul><ul><li>Culture and Social Background </li></u...
 
<ul><li>Official Name is “The Kingdom of Belgium” </li></ul><ul><li>Capital: Brussels </li></ul><ul><li>11,787 Square Mile...
Flemish Community (Dutch)  French Community    German-Speaking Community Flemish Region  Walloon Region    Brussels Capita...
Belgium: The Coastal Plain <ul><li>Polders – A Dutch word referring to areas of land close to or below sea level that have...
<ul><li>Belgium: The Central Plateau </li></ul><ul><li>Waterways, Caves, and Gorges </li></ul>Waterway in Belgium Caves an...
Belgium: The Ardennes <ul><li>Thickly forested plateau </li></ul><ul><li>Extends into Northern France </li></ul><ul><li>Hi...
Belgium: The Culture and  Social Background
Belgium: The People <ul><li>Indo-European decendants of the Gauls and Franks </li></ul><ul><li>Show cultural elements of C...
Belgium: The Cuisine <ul><li>Two types of waffles: Brussels and De Lièges </li></ul><ul><li>Known for their luxury chocola...
Belgium: The Art <ul><li>Flemish Art </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jan van Eyck </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Realism and Naturalism ...
Belgium: Economy and Business
Belgium: Economy <ul><li>European Union </li></ul><ul><li>Hub of Europe </li></ul><ul><li>Brussels, the capital of Europe ...
<ul><li>Services 58% </li></ul><ul><li>Industry 37% </li></ul><ul><li>Agriculture 5% </li></ul><ul><li>Unemployment – 13.6...
Belgium: Trade <ul><li>Highly industrialized, one of the strongest countries in the world. </li></ul><ul><li>About 75% of ...
Belgium:  The City of  Antwerp <ul><li>The Worlds Third Largest Seaport </li></ul><ul><li>The Industrial Center of Belgium...
Belgium: The Belgian Business <ul><li>Communication Practices in Belgian Business </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Require an appoint...
English: The End French: L'extrémité German: Das Ende Dutch: Het Eind
Belgium: Sources <ul><li>Truesdell, Lauren.  Let’s Go: Europe, 2007 . Cambridge, MA: Let’s Go Publications, 2007. 97-106. ...
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Belgium Presentation

  1. 1. COMMUNICATING ACROSS CULTURES Presentation By… And David Sanders Melissa Fisher Amy Lambert
  2. 2. INTRODUCING: BELGIUM <ul><li>Geography </li></ul><ul><li>Language </li></ul><ul><li>Culture and Social Background </li></ul><ul><li>Economy and Business </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>Official Name is “The Kingdom of Belgium” </li></ul><ul><li>Capital: Brussels </li></ul><ul><li>11,787 Square Miles (About the size of Maryland) </li></ul><ul><li>Land is mostly flat, more than 20% forested </li></ul><ul><li>Climate is Mild, Flat, and Temperate </li></ul><ul><li>Summer Temperatures are between 60°-72° F </li></ul><ul><li>Winter Temperatures never go below 32° F </li></ul>
  4. 5. Flemish Community (Dutch) French Community German-Speaking Community Flemish Region Walloon Region Brussels Capital Region
  5. 6. Belgium: The Coastal Plain <ul><li>Polders – A Dutch word referring to areas of land close to or below sea level that have been reclaimed from the sea, from which they are protected by dikes or, further inland, by fields that have been drained with canals. </li></ul><ul><li>Dikes – in American Language, called a Levee. A man made embankment for controlling or holding back the waters of the sea or a river. </li></ul>Oostende, Belgium Polder in Gent, Belgium Sand Dunes in Belgium
  6. 7. <ul><li>Belgium: The Central Plateau </li></ul><ul><li>Waterways, Caves, and Gorges </li></ul>Waterway in Belgium Caves and Gorges
  7. 8. Belgium: The Ardennes <ul><li>Thickly forested plateau </li></ul><ul><li>Extends into Northern France </li></ul><ul><li>Highest Point in Belgium: Signal de Botrange (2,277 ft) </li></ul><ul><li>Rugged land not good for farming </li></ul>Landscape in the Hautes Fagnes, in the Ardennes
  8. 9. Belgium: The Culture and Social Background
  9. 10. Belgium: The People <ul><li>Indo-European decendants of the Gauls and Franks </li></ul><ul><li>Show cultural elements of Celtic, Roman, German, French, Dutch, Spanish, and Austrian origin </li></ul><ul><li>Mostly comprised of the Flemings(Dutch) and the Walloons (French) </li></ul><ul><li>56% speak Dutch; 32% speak French; and 1% speaks German </li></ul><ul><li>Slight differences found in the French spoken in Belgium </li></ul><ul><li>75% are Roman Catholic </li></ul><ul><li>25% are Protestant </li></ul>
  10. 11. Belgium: The Cuisine <ul><li>Two types of waffles: Brussels and De Lièges </li></ul><ul><li>Known for their luxury chocolates </li></ul><ul><li>Endive and brussel sprouts are popular vegetables </li></ul><ul><li>Seafood is plentiful </li></ul><ul><li>Over 400 beers brewed in Belgium </li></ul>
  11. 12. Belgium: The Art <ul><li>Flemish Art </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jan van Eyck </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Realism and Naturalism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Surrealism and Symbolism </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Royal Academies for Science and the Arts </li></ul>
  12. 13. Belgium: Economy and Business
  13. 14. Belgium: Economy <ul><li>European Union </li></ul><ul><li>Hub of Europe </li></ul><ul><li>Brussels, the capital of Europe </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Headquarters of European Commission </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Council of Ministers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>European Parliament </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NATO </li></ul></ul>
  14. 15. <ul><li>Services 58% </li></ul><ul><li>Industry 37% </li></ul><ul><li>Agriculture 5% </li></ul><ul><li>Unemployment – 13.6% </li></ul><ul><li>About 70% of the Labor Force is Unionized </li></ul><ul><li>Typical Business Day – 9am to 6pm </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One or two hour break for lunch </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Average workweek is 35.8 hours </li></ul></ul>Belgium: Labor Force
  15. 16. Belgium: Trade <ul><li>Highly industrialized, one of the strongest countries in the world. </li></ul><ul><li>About 75% of trade is within the European Common Market </li></ul><ul><li>World’s third largest producer of wool and cigars </li></ul><ul><li>Fifth largest producer of beer </li></ul><ul><li>Sixth largest producer of cigarettes </li></ul><ul><li>Tenth largest producer of meat </li></ul><ul><li>One out of every 11 jobs is provided by America </li></ul>
  16. 17. Belgium: The City of Antwerp <ul><li>The Worlds Third Largest Seaport </li></ul><ul><li>The Industrial Center of Belgium </li></ul><ul><li>Produces and Ships 80% of the Food Supply </li></ul>
  17. 18. Belgium: The Belgian Business <ul><li>Communication Practices in Belgian Business </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Require an appointment before business calls. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Choose the time and place of a meeting. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expect business cards to be in Dutch, French, and German. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shake hands quickly with a light pressure each time they meet and leave. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expect punctuality and get right down to business. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Belgians must establish trust before they will do business with you. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use first names only after a friendship has developed. </li></ul></ul>
  18. 19. English: The End French: L'extrémité German: Das Ende Dutch: Het Eind
  19. 20. Belgium: Sources <ul><li>Truesdell, Lauren. Let’s Go: Europe, 2007 . Cambridge, MA: Let’s Go Publications, 2007. 97-106. </li></ul><ul><li>Culture Grams World Ed: Belgium. Axiom Press, 2002. (CD ROM) </li></ul><ul><li>Rueh, William V. International Handbook of Corporate Communication . Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company Inc Publishers, 1989. </li></ul><ul><li>Belgium.be. 2006. Belgium Federal Portal home page. 28 Nov. 2006 <http://www.belgium.be/eportal/application> </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia.com. 2006. Belgium and Related Articles. 28 Nov. 2006 <http://www.wikipedia.com> </li></ul>

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