Lesotho Culture and Traditions

Lesotho Immigration Statistics

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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Libya Culture and Traditions

Libya Immigration Statistics

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

Madagascar Immigration Statistics

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

Malawi Immigration Statistics

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

Mali Immigration Statistics

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

Mauritania Immigration Statistics

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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Mauritius Culture and Traditions

Mauritius Immigration Statistics

Customs and traditions According to Abbreviationfinder, the great mix of cultures and religions in Mauritius is clearly reflected in the customs and customs of the residents. French and British influences have been mixed with Indian and Chinese customs. Most Mauritians start the day with a typical French breakfast, consisting of coffee and a croissant. The country has a rich kitchen, with influences from Indian, Creole and Chinese food. It is…

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Morocco Culture and Traditions

Morocco Immigration Statistics

Customs and traditions According to Abbreviationfinder, Morocco is a hospitable country where it is easy to make new acquaintances, but the customs are very conservative with Swedish dimensions measured. Religion characterizes people’s lives. The rapid development and influx of foreign tourists has led to increasing cultural diversity, but also to growing tensions. Morocco is an extremely hospitable country. Visitors are usually warmly welcomed if they only make a little effort…

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Mozambique Culture and Traditions

Mozambique Immigration Statistics

Customs and traditions In Mozambique, much of one’s reputation is decided on how to handle social situations, but although there is much to adapt to, Mozambicans are generally open and easy going. The food is often traditional and varies widely locally. The national symbols have been dictated by the ruling party, and are highly politicized. How to greet Health often takes a long time and includes questions about how the…

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Republic of the Congo Culture and Traditions

Republic of the Congo Immigration Statistics

Customs and traditions Regardless of class affiliation, Congolese take pride in acting properly and being well-dressed. In the urban areas, Congolese usually greet each other by shaking hands and saying hello. In the countryside, some women can greet men by clapping their hands a few times and bowing easily. Children are expected to greet each adult in the company by shaking hands and sometimes even with a kiss on the…

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Rwanda Culture and Traditions

Rwanda Immigration Statistics

Customs and traditions In contact with superficial acquaintances and people you do not know, people in Rwanda usually stick to neutral subjects like the weather. It is taboo to discuss politics, the ethnicities of the country, the 1994 genocide or the civil war that preceded it. Openly displaying emotions is generally considered rude. Asking a person about her family relationships or other private affairs is easily perceived as haunting and…

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Sao Tome and Principe Culture and Traditions

Sao Tome and Principe Immigration Statistics

Customs and traditions According to Abbreviationfinder, etiquette plays a central role in São Tomé and Príncipe. When meeting friends and acquaintances, it is important to give proper health and to ask how the person is feeling and how his or her family is doing. Elderly people are treated with special respect, especially if they have many children and grandchildren. Being invited to someone’s home is a favorite that is mostly…

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Senegal Culture and Traditions

Senegal Immigration Statistics

Customs and traditions Different ethnic groups have different customs and traditions, but some customs are common to most Senegalese, possibly with the exception of the residents of the southern province of Casamance. The sense of thiossane – history and tradition – is strong. A central concept is teranga, which means welcome or hospitality on wolof. Teranga is considered so basic Senegalese that the national football team goes by the name…

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Seychelles Culture and Traditions

Seychelles Immigration Statistics

Customs and traditions According to Abbreviationfinder, the Seychelles have a strong storytelling tradition. Through storytelling, fables, speeches and songs, traditions have been maintained and customs passed on through the generations. The story goes again in the music and dance style moutia (see also Culture). During the slave period, after the end of the work week, people gathered around a fire, drummed and shouted complaints and comments while dancers answered and…

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Sierra Leone Culture and Traditions

Sierra Leone Immigration Statistics

Customs and traditions According to Abbreviationfinder, the Sierra Leonis are known for their kindness and hospitality. You can generally behave fairly in the company of Sierra Leoneans. Hand greeting is an important part of socializing and initiates all meetings, even with people you meet every day. It is not uncommon for one to keep holding each other’s hand long after the formal greeting. Communication occurs not only with words, gestures…

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Somalia Culture and Traditions

Somalia Immigration Statistics

Culture The fact that Somali did not receive an alphabet until 1972 does not prevent poetry and oral narration from being the very basis of culture. There is a rich tradition of fables, legends, myths and hymns. Several of today’s foremost cultural practitioners, such as the author Nurrudin Farah and Nadifa Mohamed, are in exile. Somalis have cherished their language. Different clan groups could gather around an acacia tree for…

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South Africa Culture and Traditions

South Africa Immigration Statistics

Culture South Africa has a rich and varied cultural life where the country’s political history, the struggle against the apartheid system and issues of heritage and identity have long played, and still play, a prominent role. Dance, music and theater were important ingredients in the resistance against apartheid. In the country’s black township areas, what we in Swedish call shantytowns, a number of different styles were developed, such as the…

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South Sudan Culture and Traditions

South Sudan Immigration Statistics

Customs and traditions According to Abbreviationfinder, South Sudan is one of the most traditional communities in Africa. Large areas are hardly affected by modernization in the outside world. It still seems that people walk completely naked. For a large part of the population, life revolves around livestock farming. The men and boys spend part of the year following the animals to new pastures. During the short dry season, they gather…

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Sudan Culture and Traditions

Sudan Immigration Statistics

Customs and traditions As in all Muslim cultures, hospitality is an almost compelling virtue in Sudan. A foreign guest has good chances of being invited to a Sudanese family. The greeting As-Salaam Aleikum and a handshake initiate most meetings with a Sudanese. It is polite to at least address at first meeting those who meet with a title, such as the generally respectable uztaz (for men) or uztaza (for women),…

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Swaziland Culture and Traditions

Eswatini Immigration Statistics

Customs and traditions Between Swazis there are clear and strict rules for socializing. They are often based on kinship or social status. The hierarchies are strong. Status is made clear by beads that are worn in different ways. The elderly should be shown respect. This is done by lowering their eyes in front of them at a meeting and napping easily. Women should show respect for men. Many Swazis eat…

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Tanzania Culture and Traditions

Tanzania Immigration Statistics

Customs and traditions Most Tanzanians have a clear national identity, mainly based on the Swahili language. Many in the country are proud of the national language, which is not a colonial heritage, and they appreciate when foreign visitors try to learn a little Swahili. Tanzanians greet by shaking hands and asking how the other is doing: habari yako ? (really “what’s new?”). They also ask how the family and children…

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Togo Culture and Traditions

Togo Immigration Statistics

Customs and traditions In Togo, the family, family and clan are most often the individual’s social safety net. In the countryside, the extended family functions as a social and economic entity, while in the cities it is common for every household to take care of themselves. In the countryside you still live in traditional villages of various kinds. In the cities, those who can invest their savings on their own…

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Tunisia Culture and Traditions

Tunisia Immigration Statistics

Customs and traditions According to Abbreviationfinder, Tunisia is known as one of the most liberal, Muslim countries. There are several reasons for this. One is the Western attire that is now commonplace, especially in the cities. Another is that Tunisian women are more equal to men compared to large parts of the rest of the Arab world. Women have not been allowed to wear veils in public settings such as…

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Uganda Culture and Traditions

Uganda Immigration Statistics

Customs and traditions Socializing in Uganda, both in professional and purely social contexts, is on the one hand more calm and relaxed and on the other more formal and hierarchical than in most European countries. According to Abbreviationfinder, Ugandans spend considerable time getting to know people you meet, greet and listen to each other’s small talk. It can also mean that you let agreed times pass by so as not…

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Zambia Culture and Traditions

Zambia Immigration Statistics

Customs and traditions According to Abbreviationfinder, strong family ties and respect for the elderly characterize the social relations in Zambia as well as in the rest of sub-Saharan Africa. Popular traditions celebrating local festivals are kept alive, especially in the countryside, and encouraged by the authorities. In the cities, an urban lifestyle is shaped by African and Western / global patterns. Respect for the elderly means, among other things, that…

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Zimbabwe Culture and Traditions

Zimbabwe Immigration Statistics

Customs and traditions According to Abbreviationfinder, many customs and customs vary between Zimbabwe’s different ethnic groups, but some cultural and religious traditions are common. This applies, for example, to the belief in spirits and their supernatural powers. A large proportion of Zimbabweans believe in witchcraft and use mediums to appease evil spirits or get help with various problems. In 2006 came a law that criminalizes all kinds of rituals that…

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