The Kingdom Of Belgium
Population: 9.90 million
GNP/capita: 18 758 USD.USA
Area: 30 518 sq km
Form of government: monarchy
Location: Central Europe
Official. language: Flemish, French
DOS. exports: machinery, vehicles, foodstuffs, metals, chemicals and petrochemicals
DOS. types of imports: vehicles, machinery, foodstuffs, electrical equipment
Business is done in costume. With respect to the time of the meetings, the Belgians are punctual. Do not offer other time except from 10 to 17. Always call your French interlocutor Monsignor + name, and fundraising Mr + name. Negotiations begin and end with a handshake. Your business card is enough of the company name and Your title. Documents for negotiation should be prepared in French, Flemish or English. Leadership style as somewhat conservative. Despite the fact that Belgium open international country, it is evident the racism against migrant workers from African countries. Friendly relation is not friendship, because business is business. Belgian businessman appreciates the time and doesn't waste his time in vain. Negotiations are formal and are very effective. The Belgians, strong opponents in the negotiations. Do not use one and the same person as their representative in the French - and plantaginaceae Belgium. The friendliness and politeness of the Belgians fade on the road. It is recommended to invite your business partner for lunch, which in Belgium from 13 to 15. In the country it is customary to drink an aperitif before lunch and drink wine during the meal. Beer is the national drink. If negotiations go well, You will be invited home for lunch. Before his appointment should send a bouquet of flowers. Do not send chrysanthemums, which are considered flowers for the funeral. Even if the table is an ashtray and cigarettes are, during lunch in the houses not taken up Smoking. Try not to talk about language and cultural differences, and religion and political strife.
Used moderately. National beverage - beer.
For example, sports and politics.
A large part of the Catholics. In the North the population is more conservative than in the South.
Handed over at the meeting. Cards are usually in French or Flemish.
Age was associated with experience.
Working hours: 9.00-12.00 and 14.00-17.00. Banks: 9.00-13.00 and 14.30-15.30. Shops: 9.00-12.00 and 14.00-17.30, Saturday 9.00-12.00.
1 franc = 100 centimes.
Business is business.
WOMEN IN BUSINESS
Women do not often hold leadership positions.
Accepted the handshake and exchange business cards.
ALIENS / ATTITUDE
Belgium is a country with an international perspective open, where a positive attitude to dealing with foreigners. With regard to arriving and the country North African labor force is manifested racism.
The Belgians are very polite people, everywhere, with the exception of business.
A common phenomenon, but not during meals
Walloons (the French) always turn to 'You'. The Flemings in French sometimes use 'you'. Commonly used titles: Mr., Monsieur, Madame, Mademoiselle.
Conservative style is usually neat suit.
Not a big deal.
Power schedule: lunch 13.00-15.00 and dinner from 20.00.
At a gala dinner to bring flowers and wine.
Small, related to the activities of the firm.
Belgians appreciate good food and wine. Popular public dinners.
Desirable in business.
A WORK / SPARE TIME
To work are not too serious, the value of free time increases.
Belgium is a very welcoming country.
Good food and beer.
The Central and most important link.
Belgian cuisine means French quality and German portions.
Has nothing to do with business. National sport - football.
The colors of the flag - black, yellow, red.
If you are going for dinner, grab a bouquet of flowers for the hostess.
In a reasonable size when making payment for the gala dinner.
French, Flemish and German. Can explain in English
WHAT ELSE SHOULD BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT
National holiday - July 21.