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.
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.