Brief History Socio Political Environment Cultural Heritage Business Scenario Behavioral Aspects of People Tourism Scenario Educational standards.
Name till 1972 –CeylonCapitalSri Jayawardenapura-Kotteis the administrative &Colombo is the commercialcapital.Currency –Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR)
Indo-Aryan emigration from India in the 5th century B.C. came to form the largest ethnic group on Sri Lanka today, the Sinhalese. Tamils, the second-largest ethnic group on the island, were originally from the Tamil region of India and emigrated between the 3rd century B.C. and A.D. 1200.
Meeting and Greeting “Namaste“ The Sinhalese may say "ayubowan“ Tamils would say "vanakkam“ In informal settings you may also hear "kuhomadu“ Complete name including surname Shake Hands
Gift Giving Etiquette: Avoid flowers - they are used in mourning Only give alcohol if you are sure the recipient drinks White or black are the colors of funerals and mourning. If the recipient is Muslim avoid pig products, alcohol or any foodstuffs that contain meat (unless "halal") Hindus should not be given gifts made of leather. Give and receive gifts with two hands.
Meeting and Greeting Shaking hands is the most common form of greeting. Handshakes are firm Greetings are given upon meeting and leaving. Men may shake hands with other men and women may shake hands with other women. As with most hierarchical cultures, Sri Lankans use titles. If someone does not have a professional title, use the honorific title "Sir" or "Madam".
Business Card Etiquette Business cards are usually exchanged after an initial handshake and greeting. Always present your business card with two hands. Treat peoples business cards with respect - so keep dont put them into pockets, draw on them or use them in any manner that may be disrespectful.
Business Meetings: Relationship-building conversations at the start of any meetings. The Sri Lankans will want to feel at ease with you and at least have a small bit of background about you before they will feel comfortable doing business or discussing business with you. Cont…
Prior to a meeting it may be worthwhile sending some background information on your company, the attendees and an agenda for the meeting. Initial meetings will usually take place with middle ranking personnel who gather information to present to the decision maker Remember only the top level person at a company will usually make decisions.