Angola Culture and Traditions

Customs and traditions According to Abbreviationfinder, Angola’s population is divided into a variety of peoples and religious groups, often with different customs and traditions. The national identity is usually very weak – if it even exists. Instead, Angolans identify with their own group of people in which they share traditions, languages ​​and history. The traditional life patterns have changed significantly in recent decades. The elderly council, which had a strong…

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Benin Culture and Traditions

Customs and traditions According to Abbreviationfinder, the family and clan are important in a Beninier’s social life. The family is expected to stand up for the individual, while at the same time he is expected to be loyal to the extended family. Women often decide on the children and the household (although the children are considered to be men), but in society life is the men who dominate. Especially in…

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Botswana Culture and Traditions

Customs and traditions According to Abbreviationfinder, Botswana means “tswana’s place” in the majority language setswana. The residents are called batswana meaning “tswana people” but the word is also used about the twsana ethnic group. The dual meaning reflects tswana’s dominance in the country, and much of what is typical of the country is actually tswana’s traditions. Botswana’s democratic rule is considered to have its roots in the tswana community, where…

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Burkina Faso Culture and Traditions

Customs and traditions Hospitality and courtesy are important characteristics of Burkinis. It is part of the mossi culture of the majority people that a person should not attract too much attention or arouse jealousy by showing himself or herself. This is especially true of rich people. It is polite to ask how someone’s family is doing, as the family is the given point of reference in society. According to Abbreviationfinder,…

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Burundi Culture and Traditions

Customs and traditions According to Abbreviationfinder, as a visitor in Burundi, it may be wise not to go too fast in the contacts with people you meet. A half-century of violence and racist public rhetoric has led some Burundians to look with some distrust at strangers. Politeness, discretion and restraint can be described as basic rules in the interaction with and between burundians. Conversations can initially address neutral and uncontroversial…

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Cameroon Culture and Traditions

Customs and traditions When visiting a Cameroonian home, you prefer to talk about the family and the village, and avoid political and religious discussions – at least at the first visit. In working life, punctuality and personal contacts are important. In Cameroon, most people greet each other through a regular handshake. If you know each other well, you usually use your fingers as a sign of friendship. Some cheek pussies…

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Cape Verde Culture and Traditions

Customs and traditions Traditions, celebrations and customs on the Cape Verde Islands are characterized by the mixed African and European origins of the population. Christian traditions dominate here, but elements of traditional African customs and customs are found. Cape values ​​strongly identify with the culture of their special island. Generally speaking, Cape values ​​from the northern part of the island (barlavento) are more Portuguese influenced, while the country’s southern islands…

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Central African Republic Culture and Traditions

Customs and traditions Prior to the conflict that broke out in 2012, the interaction between the country’s people groups was usually relaxed, although there was a historical contradiction between the river peoples in the south and the savanna peoples further north. Equality is a widespread ideal, but like other peoples, Central Africans can be divided into different walks of life. Social classes are based on where you live and what…

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Chad Culture and Traditions

2020 June The parliamentary elections are postponed again June 9 The electoral authority postpones the parliamentary elections that should have been held in December 2020 due to the corona pandemic. The election has thus been postponed five times since 2015. Reasons stated by President Déby earlier are that the poor country cannot afford to organize an election and that the threat from Boko Haram makes an election impossible to carry…

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Comoros Culture and Traditions

Customs and traditions The everyday life of most Comoros is characterized by Islam and the Muslim holidays. Islamic fundamentalism is not common, but it gives high status in society to have made a pilgrimage to Mecca. According to Abbreviationfinder, the Comoros are described as a relatively open and tolerant society, and even people who meet temporarily are happy to discuss politics and social issues. However, distrust of politicians is usually…

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Democratic Republic of the Congo Culture and Traditions

Customs and traditions According to Abbreviationfinder, Congo-Kinshasa is a multicultural society with widely different local traditions and customs in different parts of the country. French is still the language that holds the different peoples together. The fact that there is widespread poverty does not mean that it is acceptable for a foreign visitor to dress carelessly in meetings with Congolese. In general, the interaction between people is relaxed, and the…

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Djibouti Culture and Traditions

Customs and traditions According to Abbreviationfinder, Djibouti’s two large groups of Issa and Afar are traditionally nomadic people and the country’s customs and customs are thus characterized by the shepherd culture. A rapid move into the cities means that more and more residents are now influenced by Western European influences. Both ice cream and aphas hold on to personal privacy. Older people are treated with respect. Countryaah: Overview of the…

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Egypt Culture and Traditions

Customs and traditions Egyptian identity is closely intertwined with history. The country’s unique civilization has had an impact on both Israeli and Greek culture, thereby helping to shape Western civilization. Although Egypt is a secular state, Islam permeates the personal as well as political, economic and legal life of Egyptians. Islam is practiced every day through clothing, rules of the food, prayer and constant references to God’s will and blessing.…

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Equatorial Guinea Culture and Traditions

Customs and traditions According to Abbreviationfinder, in Equatorial Guinea, the family is a necessary social safety net, and it is important to show great respect for both elderly and deceased relatives. The flag and the national anthem are important national symbols. Singing and dancing often occur during celebrations and national holidays. How to greet and dress Long and healthy health is important. Often people shake hands and people are often…

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Eritrea Culture and Traditions

Customs and traditions Customs and traditions vary between different regions and people groups in Eritrea. There are cultural divides mainly between Christian residents of the highlands and Muslims in the lowlands. At the same time, the Italian colonial era and the long liberation war have helped to create a common Eritrean identity that many are guarding. Despite the difficult living conditions, many feel proud of their country. Countryaah: Overview of…

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Ethiopia Culture and Traditions

Customs and traditions Much of what is perceived as typically Ethiopian originated among the Amharic people. As state representatives, they have historically spread and left cultural imprints in large parts of the country. Not least in the lowlands there are groups of people with other traditions and ways of living. Many Ethiopians take great pride in the country’s long history and tradition of self-determination. They are happy to point out…

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Gabon Culture and Traditions

Customs and traditions In the Gabonese countryside many older customs are still alive. There are also traditional dance ceremonies in addition to the national holidays. In the capital, Libreville, Western – mostly French – influences are increasing. How to greet and dress When greeting someone for the first time, they often shake hands formally. Friends kiss each other on the cheek. Countryaah: Overview of the capital city of Gabon, including…

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Gambia Culture and Traditions

Customs and traditions According to Abbreviationfinder, the Gambians usually have a tolerant attitude towards one another despite different ethnicities and religions. Foreign visitors can also expect a friendly response. Customs and customs vary among different ethnic groups. Traditionally, mandinka has been strictly divided into four social groups, in turn divided into subgroups. There was a kind of nobility and a group of free farmers, traders and religious leaders (marabouts). A…

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Ghana Culture and Traditions

Customs and traditions Characteristics that are high in the course of Ghanaian society are hospitality, openness and courtesy. According to Abbreviationfinder, the lifestyle is often relaxed. Respect for the elderly is great. Relatives and friends often visit each other without warning. People are not usually punctual when it comes to meetings. However, it should be remembered that this is often due to poor transport and communication. Greeting phrases alternate between…

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Guinea Culture and Traditions

Customs and traditions According to Abbreviationfinder, mof Guinea’s roads and railways link cities and major mines, while it is difficult to get to more sparsely populated parts of the country. However, new roads have been built to facilitate communications between the capital and the countryside. The railways available are used to transport bauxite from the mines to the ports of Conakry and Kamsar. There is an international airport in Conakry.…

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Guinea-Bissau Culture and Traditions

2020 June The president dismisses several ministers June 28 President Umaro Sissoco Embaló, through the decree, dismisses the Ministers for Defense, Home Affairs, the Economy, Agriculture and Energy without stating any reason. The layoffs are taking place before a parliamentary session in which a new government is to be appointed. Countryaah: Overview of the capital city of Guinea-Bissau, including information about its population, economy, geography, history and map. Nightly curfew…

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Ivory Coast Culture and Traditions

2020 June Ex-President Bédié is running for election June 20 Henri Konan Bédié, who was president of the Ivory Coast between 1993 and 1999, announces his candidacy for the October presidential election. The 86-year-old ex-president represents the Ivory Coast Democratic Party (PDCI), which took power for almost 40 years after independence in 1960. Among other contenders for the presidential post are the incumbent Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly and the…

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Kenya Culture and Traditions

Customs and traditions In Kenya, the collective is often more important than the individual. The concept of harambee – roughly “all together” – is central. It is a tradition that exists in virtually all ethnic groups and is about joint work and shared responsibility. Since the birth of his father, Jomo Kenyatta, harambee has been something of an official slogan for the country. By the way, many Kenyans identify more…

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Lesotho Culture and Traditions

Customs and traditions According to Abbreviationfinder, in Lesotho, people address each other with family names: an older man to be addressed as ntate (father), an older woman as mother (mother), a year-old girl / woman as ausi (sister) and a year-old boy / man with the nickname abuti (brother). Answering only yes or no to a question is unfair – you should answer “yes ntate” or “no mme” instead. Being…

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Liberia Culture and Traditions

Customs and traditions Greeting is an important social lubricant in Liberia. One should rather visit a little too often than infrequently, even if it comes to complete strangers who happen to be in the same room or happen to meet in a door. To a stranger it is enough with a “hello” or a friendly nod, to a closer acquaintance, the initial greeting must be followed by a “how are…

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Libya Culture and Traditions

Customs and traditions According to Abbreviationfinder, Libya is a conservative but hospitable country, where those who adhere to the prevailing traditions tend to be well received. For several decades, the country was marked by Gaddafi’s rule and it is as yet unclear which new symbols and holidays will replace the fallen regime. The feasts of Islam have the stronger tradition. Libya is characterized by Islam and customs from the Bedouin…

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Madagascar Culture and Traditions

Customs and traditions According to Abbreviationfinder, the use of Madagascar is not very much surrounded by rules of conduct. This applies both in more official contexts and in meetings with private individuals. But for a Western European, the intensity and the physical proximity of the conversation can be felt above. Nurtured clothing is expected at least in more formal contexts. You are greeted by shaking hands, when at the same…

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Malawi Culture and Traditions

Customs and traditions According to Abbreviationfinder, in Malawi, respect for the elderly and hospitality towards strangers is important. You like to talk about personal things like family relationships, but avoid talking about HIV / ADIS. Eating with your hands is common, but you can ask for cutlery if you are above eating with your fingers. Being presented properly is important. Colleagues are addressed as Mr, Mrs or Miss until a…

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Mali Culture and Traditions

Customs and traditions As is usually the case in countries with a great ethnic diversity, the different peoples of Mali have different customs, although the authorities since the 1960s have sought to create a national identity. This is built up by a common struggle against colonialism, reverence for Mali’s rich history, common national holidays and the construction of statues depicting common freedom heroes etc. Countryaah: Overview of the capital city…

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Mauritania Culture and Traditions

Customs and traditions In Mauritania, several peoples and cultures live side by side. The nomadic lifestyle has largely disappeared, but it lives on in the traditions of many Mauritanian families. Virtually all Mauritanian people are Muslims and follow Islamic living rules. The lunch is the most important goal of the day. Then fish or a vegetable stew with rice is often eaten. For dinner, Mauretanians often eat couscous. Other common…

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