A Few Tips To Understanding The Culture And Etiquette In Spain
Culture and social etiquette differs from country to country. It always makes sense to gain a bit of understanding of these things before travelling to that country on holiday. When you're looking at paying an international moving company lots to ship your belongings across and start a permanent life, then it makes even more sense to invest some time in getting to know the cultural and social etiquette. If you're moving to Spain, you'll be interested to read some of the key aspects of the cultural and social etiquette of this beautiful country:
Locals Are Friendly:
In England you might be used to being exceptionally polite and keeping yourself to yourself. In Spain you can expect more openness, friendlyness and general vibrance from locals. You might get the odd person who doesn't like foreigners in the more rural areas, but realistically, you're almost always likely to get a warm response when starting a conversation with a Spanish person.
Religion Still Holds Strong:
Whereas England doesn't hold strong with its religious roots these days, in Spain you will see lots of evidence of Roman Catholic which is the main religion of the country. Lots of special days and celebrations relate to the religion in Spain.
Speaking Spanish Matters:
Lots of people moving to Spain from the UK assume that everybody speaks English, which is a big faux pas. Statistics tell us that over 60% of Spanish people do not speak any English at all and those that do, may only speak a small amount. Learning some basic Spanish before you move to Spain, and then building on your Spanish language skills after moving will stand you in good stead with your interactions with locals.
Two Kisses To Say Hello:
In Spain women are greeted with a kiss on each cheek, even if you have never met them before. Men tend to shake hands, or follow a hand shake with a pat on the back if you know them well. In the UK we don't really embrace physical greetings in the same way so it could take some getting used to.
Spanish Timekeeping Is A Little More Relaxed:
The Spanish are very relaxed and you'll need to be as relaxed if you want to live in the country without getting really stressed. With timekeeping, if a time is agreed there is usually some leeway with when that person will arrive.
Spanish Mealtimes Are Important:
In Spain, mealtimes are really important. This means that eating your lunch on public transport is a bit of a faux pas. If you arrange dinner or lunch with a new friend you should also expect the timing to be different to the UK. Lunch is around 2pm and dinner is after 9pm.
Understanding Spanish culture and social etiquette is an important part of relocating to the country. The more you understand about how things work, the better your chances of settling in and making strong connections with your local community.