Customs in Slovakia

The main language of Slovakia is Slovak, which is an Indo-European language. It is mutually intelligible with Czech.

The currency used in Slovakia is the Koruna (SKK) - Sk

Family is the fundamental social unit; much of society is based around it. Obligation to one's family is the first priority.

Customs and Etiquette in Everyday Life and Socialization

The proper greeting is a firm, confident handshake along with the proper greeting for the time of day: "dobré rano" (good morning), "dobré popoludne" (good afternoon), and "dobru noc" (good evening)It is customary for gentlemen to wait for the lady they are greeting to extend her hand first.

If you are invited to a Slovak home for dinner, arrive on time and bring your hostess a box of good chocolates, a bottle of wine or flowers. If you bring flowers, make sure there are an odd number of stems (avoiding 13). Dress nicely, as though attending a business meeting and be prepared to remove your shoes at the door, as some households do not wear their shoes inside.

Remain standing until you are shown to your seat. Before you begin eating, wait for your host to say, "Dobrou chut!" (enjoy your meal). Do not place your napkin in your lap, leave it folded next to your plate. If you would like to toast your host, lift your glass and say, "Naz Dravie!" which translates to "To your health".

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

• Restaurants: 10%
• Taxis: Round up
• Porters and Bellhops: 25 SKK per bag

Customs and Etiquette in Business

If attending a business meeting while in Slovakia, be on time and if you might even run 5 minutes late, call and advise them.

Men should dress in conservative and stylish suits, the darker the better. Ladies should wear fashionable dresses, skirts and blouses or pantsuits. If any accessories are worn, they should be minimal.

Use academic and professional titles; if your business counterpart does not have a title, "Pan" (male) or "Pani" (female) along with surname is appropriate.

The Slovaks run business meetings with an agenda, and are started and ended by the boss or host.


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