The Republic Of Colombia
Population: 29.5 million
GNP/capita: $ 1240.USA
Area: 1141 748 sq km
Form of government: Republic
Location: South America
Official. language: Spanish
DOS. exports: agricultural products, clothing, textiles
DOS. the imports: machinery, transport, minerals , rubber, chemicals, agricultural products
Manner of dress is fashionable and carefully chosen. A dark suit is used during meetings with officials and businessmen. In Bogota, Medellin and Calise. Jacket not required, but a tie should be. About the meetings well in advance to negotiate. A couple of days to send a business card in English or Spanish. Documents for negotiation would be good to translate into Spanish. When You arrive in Bogota, the first day is to relax because the city is located high above the sea level. Leadership style - authoritarian, impulsive, not long-term. With the inhabitants of bogotá can never be right to get down to business. Tell us about your true intentions carefully. Businessmen like to leisurely think about the case. Many contracts are concluded for a quiet chat over a Cup of coffee and Tinto. Black and very sweet Tinto - an indispensable drink at all negotiations. Avoid talking about local politics ,especially about the drug war . If You are invited to the PA dinner, which means a long first cocktail that will end gourmet treats in 23 hours. The best topic for conversation - the coffee price on the world market.
Drink to socialize. In the provinces your rum and moonshine (Aguardiente). In Bogota prized Chilean wines. On the coast of the wine is consumed less than in the whole country.
Current events, football, Cycling and professional Affairs .
Thank you Including and in writing. Christmas customer thank you bottle of wine and delicacies.
Very widely used. Handed even the doorman.
Not a big deal.
Always late. Working time: Monday — Friday 9.00-15.00. Shops: Monday — Friday 8.00-12.00 and 14.00-17.30.
Instead of the word 'no' is used more.
Distributed generously. Widely used credit cards. 1 peso = 100 centavos.
A fully trusting relationship involves a joint business.
WOMEN IN BUSINESS
In the business world men are rare exceptions.
Treatment of animals is bad. Dogs are used as guards.
European , with marks of attention.
Passes politely. About the meeting agrees in advance to the Secretary.
ALIENS / ATTITUDE
As a rule, positive. You might be mistaken for a rich American, so watch your belongings!
Surface phrases that are worth learning by heart.
Taken everywhere without restrictions.
MANAGEMENT/ LEADERSHIP STYLE
Usually authoritarian, impulsive and narrow-minded.
Kissing on the cheek is already at the second meeting.
The appeal to 'you' -the so-called circle of friends. Popular is title of 'doctor' not even having a Foundation.
Fashionable and neat. In hot areas it is possible to dress in a shirt with embroidery.
Especially noticeable in the province Antioquia .
FOOD / CUSTOMS
In the course of a rich and time-consuming dinner, a lot of talk and raise a toast.
A bottle of wine or other small gift.
see above. Particularly at Christmas.
Observed only in conducting business with the public administration
Leaves much to be desired.
A WORK / SPARE TIME
Lunch from 12.00 to 14.00. The working day ends around 18: 00. A lot of holidays and short breaks.
Colombians — friendly people.
Restaurants, sometimes with program variety.
SEATING AT THE TABLE
Without national peculiarities.
If they say, in General phrases.
Important point. Family clans keep the unity.
Somewhat monotonous. From lettuce and strawberries You can become allergic ,and the pork trichina.
The upper classes play Golf, others like football.
The colors of the flag — yellow, blue and red.
National flower — Orchid. Beautiful bouquet sent prior to the visit. Is accepted in the country, a sign of attention, especially to the woman.
Tuesday 13th is an unlucky day.
10-15%, including in a taxi.
Spanish. English is spoken quite a bit.
WHAT ELSE SHOULD BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT
To understand the way of thinking — takes time. Just for the thieves pointing. The country has a lot of violence and insecurity. Human life is worth nothing. July 20 — independence Day.