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Question: What are some considerations foreigners should have when moving and working in Costa Rica in terms of etiquette, communication, greetings, and business culture?
When moving and working in Costa Rica, it is important to be aware of the following cultural considerations:
Greetings in Costa Rica are typically very warm and friendly. It is common to shake hands, make direct eye contact, and use formal titles when addressing someone for the first time.
Communication in Costa Rica is generally direct, but also polite and indirect. It is important to avoid confrontation and to speak in a calm and respectful manner.
Business culture in Costa Rica is relatively informal, and dress codes are typically relaxed. It is important to be punctual for meetings and to establish a good rapport with colleagues and clients.
Costa Ricans tend to have a relaxed attitude towards time, so it is important to be patient and not rush things.
Costa Ricans tend to stand close to each other when talking and may touch the arm or shoulder while speaking, it is considered as a way to emphasize a point or show agreement.
Costa Ricans tend to respect hierarchy and authority, so it is important to show respect to those in positions of power.
Family is very important in Costa Rican culture, so it is important to show respect and interest in one’s family.
Costa Rica is known for its natural beauty, so it is important to be environmentally conscious and respect the natural environment.
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