Test your knowledge of cultures around the world. Ready?

QUIZ: Test your knowledge of cultures around the world
QUIZ: Test your knowledge of cultures around the world

Test your knowledge of cultures around the world. You think you know how to behave in other cultural contexts? Check it here.

In today’s globalized context, many people travel for pleasure or business to unusual destinations with totally different cultures. However, it is important to know what to do and what not to do in these contexts that are so different in some aspects. Do you think you know how to behave? Take the following test and find out.

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  • Question of

    When presenting your Chinese friends with flowers, avoid using “______”, which they associate with ghosts and death.

    • Red
    • Yellow
    • White
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    When planning to make a gift to a Chinese friend or colleague it is best to avoid gifts that come in sets of “___” which is associated with death

    • Two
    • Four
    • Five
  • Question of

    If you are having dinner with friends and colleagues in “______” bear in mind that you should avoid asking for salt, because it is considered an insult to your host.

    • Venezuela
    • Egypt
  • Question of

    In “______________”, it is actually a norm to arrive about 10 to 15 minutes late for a dinner invitation.

    • United States
    • Venezuela
    • Germany
  • Question of

    In this country, even sandwiches are eaten using a fork and a knife.

    • France
    • Norway
    • Italy
  • Question of

    If you plan to make a gift to a colleague or friend from “____________”, it is best to avoid sharp objects as they are considered bad luck.

    • The Netherlands
    • Colombia
    • Spain
  • Question of

    In this country it’s accepted to say cheers but not to clink glasses

    • Hungary
    • Lebanon
    • Austria
  • Question of

    In some cultures, it is acceptable to split the meal tab even if the lunch or dinner is given in your honor, but this is not acceptable when you are in:

    • United States
    • Turkey
    • Canada
  • Question of

    For South Koreans, you can use any color to write their name, except “_______” ink as it is believed to symbolize death.

    • Blue
    • Purple
    • Red
  • Question of

    If you are in “______________” and your business client or counterpart invites you to the sauna after your meeting, do not be alarmed. This means that your business meeting was successful.

    • Brazil
    • Finland
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    In this country it is considered snobby to sit in the back when taking a taxi:

    • Australia
    • Germany
    • United States
  • Question of

    In many parts of “______________”, it is customary for people to greet a lone magpie to avoid having bad luck.

    • Norway
    • United Kingdom
  • Question of

    In “__________________” it is a tradition to greet the person celebrating the birthday as well as the person’s family and other relatives

    • The Netherlands
    • Russia
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    When you’re in “________________” and invited to a gathering, it is a tradition to shake hands with everyone in the room

    • Costa Rica
    • Germany
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    In this country finger-pulling is actually a serious traditional sport and the rules of the game are quite strict:

    • Austria
    • Poland

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