S: Global Business Etiquette By : Shelby
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FC: Bahamas | By : Shelby Dykes
1: Cause its the only one i really liked. | Why I Selected This Country
2: Facts and Statistics Location:Caribbean, chain of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, southeast of Florida, northeast of Cuba. Capital: Nassau
4: Facts and Statistics Climate :Tropical marine; moderated by warm waters of Gulf Stream Population:307,451 (est. 2008)
5: Ethnic Makeup:black 85%, white 12%, Asian and Hispanic 3% Religions: 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% | Religion:Most are devout Christian
6: Language And Culture and Society
7: Official Language: is English is the official language and is widely spoken. | Their Culture and Society there very friendly, has a good sense of humor. and most are Christians.
8: Etiquette and Customs | Watch your Table Manners! Do not sit down until you are invited to and told where to sit. Do not begin eating until the hostess starts. Table manners are Continental -- the fork is held in the left hand and the knife in the right while eating. Meals are often served buffet style or family-style. Keep your elbows off the table and your hands above the table when eating. If your at a Bahamians house : Keep your elbows off the table and your hands above the table when eating. It is considered polite to finish everything on your plate so you do not appear wasteful. If you cannot, you may leave a small bit of food on your plate
9: Meeting Etiquette The most common greeting is the handshake, accompanied by direct eye contact and a welcoming smile. For the most part Bahamians are warm and hospitable, although they initially may appear a bit more standoffish than people from other Caribbean islands Gift Giving Etiquette Good friends and family give gifts for birthdays, Christmas, and other significant events in a person’s life. Gifts need not be expensive. If invited to a Bahamian’s home, bring fruit, flowers, or wine for the hosts. Dining Etiquette If you are invited to a Bahamian’s house: Arrive on time if invited to dinner; no more than 15 minutes late if invited to a barbecue or a large party. Dress well, in clothes you would wear to the office.
10: Business Etiquette and Protocol
11: Meeting and Greeting Handshakes are the norm. They should be firm and friendly. It is good manners to wait for a woman to offer her hand first. Maintain eye contact during the greeting process. Professional or academic titles with the surname are used in business. Professional or academic titles may also be used with the honorific title (Mr., Mrs., or Miss), with or without the surname. If someone does not have a title, use their honorific title and their surname. Wait until invited before moving to a first-name basis, which may occur more slowly than on other Caribbean islands. Business cards are exchanged without formal ritual. Treat business cards with respect. When you receive a card, place it in a business card case. The manner you treat business cards is taken as a sign of how you will treat the relationship.
12: Bahamas: In The News
13: One Headline of Bahamas is :Five contracts have been signed by the Bahamas government for the repair of strategically located boat ramps in New Providence. Second Headline of Bahamas is :A Bahamian pastor, living in the United States, was convicted of molesting young boys and will spend the rest of his life in jail. Third Headline of The Bahamas is :Teenage pregnancy is among the most prevalent social ills facing the Bahamas. Doctors Hospital has donated to PACE, an organisation aiming to help.