Customs in Portugal

Portuguese is the official language of Portugal, spoken by the majority of the population.

Currency used in Portugal is the Euro - €

In Portugal, relatives are very close, some households holding all members of the extended family. Loyalty to the family is the number one priority in the Portuguese culture.

Customs and Etiquette in Everyday Life and Socialization

Upon meeting and departing, polite greetings of a quick handshake, eye contact and salutation for the time of day are expected. "Bom Dia" (Good Day), "Boa Tarde" (Good Afternoon), "Boa Noite" (Goodnight).

If you are invited to a Portuguese home for dinner, be prompt. Bring your hostess some nice chocolates or flowers, avoiding lilies, chrysanthemums and any red flower. Until you are shown to your seat, remain standing. Do not begin eating until the host or hostess says, "Bom appetito". It is acceptable to leave a small amount of food on your plate when you have finished eating.

When it comes to gratuity, tipping is acceptable and appreciated in Portugal.

• Restaurants: 10% if there is no service charge, or if your service was exceptional.
• Taxis: Round up the bill
• Porters and Bellhops: €1 per bag

Customs and Etiquette in Business

Appointments are necessary and should be made at least 2 weeks prior. Reconfirm the meeting 3 days in advance and do not be late. Meetings typically start out with small talk which can tend to be lengthy.

When attending a business meeting in Portugal, men's attire should consist of dark suits with ties. Ladies should wear stylish business suits or pantsuits, dresses or conservative skirts and blouse combinations.


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