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Colombia

Spanish

Predominantly: Roman Catholics

Bogota

47.4 million

War has displaced Colombians from their homes and from their country for over three decades.

Refugees from Colombia have been arriving in New Zealand since 2007.

Men shake hands with direct eye contact.

While shaking hands, use the appropriate greeting for the time of day: "Buenos dias" (good morning), "buenas tardes" (good afternoon), or "buenas noches" (good evening/night). Como esta (how are you?). When leaving, Hasta manana. Chao (good bye).

Women often grasp forearms rather than shaking hands. 

Once a friendship has developed, greetings become warmer and a lot more hands on - men will embrace and pat each other on the shoulder (known as an "abrazo") and women kiss once on the right cheek.

Most Colombians have both a maternal and paternal surname and will use both.

The father's surname is listed first and is the one used in conversation. 

Always refer to people by the appropriate honorific title and their surname. 

When visiting home, guest should:

Wait to be seated by the host.

Hands should be kept visible when eating.

Do not rest elbows on the table. 

The host will say "buen provecho" (enjoy or have a good meal) as an invitation to start eating. 

It is polite to try everything you are given. Hospitality is very important of Colombian culture. 

It is considered polite to leave a small amount of food on your plate when you have finished eating. 

Do not use a toothpick at the table.

Gift is opened in front the giver

Time is seen as flexible.

Contact Roctrust for more missing information.

Contact Roctrust for more missing information.

Colombia is a hierarchical society. 

People deserve respect due to their age and position. 

Older people are naturally perceived as being wise and as a result are afforded great respect. You will always see the oldest person in a group served their food and drinks first. With this position also comes responsibility - Colombians expect the most senior person, whether at home or at work, to make decisions.

Colombian live closely in the extended families.

Father is a head of the family and provides in

income to his family. Thus mother looks after the children but things are changing.

Children live with their parents until they marry.

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