S: Katie Farris Global Business Etiquette
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FC: Bahamas | By: Katie Farris
1: Why I Selected This Country | I chose this country because of the beautiful waters and peaceful environment. Also most of the residents are devout Christians.
2: Facts and Statistics | Located in the Caribbean. It is a chain of islands. It is southeast of Florida
3: The capital of the Bahamas is Nassau.
4: Facts and Statistics | Population: 307,451 (estimated 2008) | Religions include: Baptist 35.4%, Anglican 15.1%, Roman Catholic 13.5%, Pentecostal 8.1%, Church of God 4.8%, Methodist 4.2%, other Christian 15.2%, none or unspecified 2.9%, other 0.8%
5: Climate: tropical marine; moderated by warm waters of Gulf Stream | Ethnic Makeup: black 85%, white 12%, Asian and Hispanic 3%
6: Language, Culture, and Society
7: The official language in the Bahamas is English In the Bahamas, making fun of each other is considered harmless and meant in a good-natured way. They have a great role in hospitality. They invite strangers into their homes letting them stay, etc.
8: Etiquette and Customs | * A handshake, a welcoming smile, and direct eye contact is a common way of greeting. * At a first glance, Bahamian's appear standoffish, even though they are the most warm and hospitable people of the Caribbean islands.
9: * Bahamians use surnames instead of the person's real name even if they are really good friends. * Inexpensive gifts are given to good friends during the holidays. * If you are invited to a Bahamian's house, the first person that eats is the hostess, and then all of the guests begin to eat. It is considered a sign of respect.
10: Business Etiquette and Protocol | * When meeting and greeting a business partner, firm and friendly handshakes are expected. * During the greeting process, always maintain good eye contact. * If you are dealing with a female business partner, wait until she offers her hand first.
11: * The business relationship is determined in how you handle their business card. *Do not write on someone's business card because it is considered rude, and the partnership is considered to be starting off on the wrong foot.
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