If you want to act like a local…

This fun, but useful, section provides a short list of cultural practices that can help you in social and business situations. Below is a brief excerpt from this section:

  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, wear a mask that covers both your mouth and nose at all times when you are in public spaces. Follow all the official national, regional and local rules to prevent the spread of the virus.

  • The North American symbol for 'OK,' making a circle with the thumb and index finger, is considered to be a vulgar gesture in Spain.

  • To beckon someone, turn the palm up and wave with fingers or the whole hand.

  • If giving flowers as a gift, the bouquet should be in an odd number that is not 13, due to superstition.

  • Dining manners are Continental, with knife in the right hand and fork in the left; avoid switching the fork to the dominant hand. To indicate that you have finished dining, the knife and fork should be placed side by side on the plate. Crossed or separated utensils indicate that you have not finished dining.

  • The concept of queuing (waiting in line) is not as rigidly espoused as in North America or the United Kingdom. When waiting in a queue, you need to show a great degree of self-assertion.

This is just a brief sample of the extensive information in the GoinGlobal Spain Career Guide, which is carefully researched and regularly updated by local career experts.

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