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Intercultural Differences POLAND & RUSSIA. POLAND. POLAND. General Information. Population: 38,635,000 Capital: Warsaw 1.6 million Main cities: Krakow 0.8 million, Wrolaw 0.6 million Currency: Zloty, Groszy Fertility rate: 1.39 Life expectancy at birth: 74 years

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POLAND

General Information

Population: 38,635,000

Capital: Warsaw 1.6 million

Main cities: Krakow 0.8 million, Wrolaw 0.6 million

Currency: Zloty, Groszy

Fertility rate: 1.39

Life expectancy at birth: 74 years

Main religous group:Roman Catholic (98,8%)

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POLAND

  • lost independence in World War II
  • became a communist country under the control of the former Soviet Union
  • freed itself in 1989 by the democratic party “Solidarnosc”
  • accepted in the EU in 2004
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POLAND

Culture: Greeting

  • usually handshake
  • flatter women by a kiss on the hand
  • personal title use, Mr (Pan), Mrs (Pani) followed by the first name or surname
  • hugs (also men)
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POLAND

Culture:Cuisine

  • while eating no conversations
  • large vodka consumption, toast to the guest
  • vodka bottle has to be emptied
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POLAND

Culture: Business

  • punctuality is vital for establishing your reliability
  • begin and end business with a small gift
  • building individual business relationships
  • particular attention and respect must be paid to older people
  • negotiations are reserved and thoughtful
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POLAND

Do’s and Don’ts

Do use personal titles

Personal titles use, Mr. (Pan), Mrs. (Pani) followed by first name or surname

title: director , doctor (in business)

Do try to learn some basic Polish words greeting phrases:

Dzieńdobry (hello), Dobry wieczór (good evening), Do widsenja (Good-bye)

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POLAND

Do’s and Don’ts

Do smile and maintain direct eye contact during your conversation

Don't be surprised if after the first meeting your partner engages more friendly conversation once initial relationship has been established

Don't over compliment

Don't try to hide your feelings and emotions

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POLAND

Kroków

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POLAND

Kroków stare miasto

old town

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POLAND

Kroków stare miasto old town

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POLAND

Szczawnica

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POLAND

Dunajec

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POLAND

Dunajec

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POLAND

Dunajec

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POLAND

Szczawnica

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POLAND

Polish Culture Quiz – true or false?

When entering the meeting room in Poland, if there are people you do not know, you should wait for a third person to initiate introductions ?

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POLAND

Polish Culture Quiz – true or false?

Polish offices operate an open door policy where you are free to enter and discuss business at any time

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POLAND

Polish Culture Quiz – true or false?

If you are invited to a Polish home, a small gift such as a bottle of wine or flowers for your host is generally expected

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POLAND

Polish Culture Quiz – true or false?

  • Meetings are often scheduled for a Sunday when people have more time do discuss business matters.
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POLAND

Polish Culture Quiz – true or false?

It is quit acceptable to greet your Polish business colleagues with three “ air kisses”

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RUSSIA

General Information

Population: 142,754,000

Capital: Moscow 10,5 million

Main cities: St. Petersburg 4,7 million, Novosibirsk 1,4 million

Currency: Rubel, kopek

Fertility rate: 1.34

Life expectancy at birth: 65.87 years

Main religous group: Russian-orthodox (66%)

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RUSSIA

  • Boris Yeltsin established the Russian Federation in 1992 after the decay of the Soviet Union
  • in 2000 Vladimir Putin became President
  • Russian economy increases by 5 % to 10 %
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RUSSIA

Culture: Greeting

  • when welcoming people, consider the ranking order and say the name with the titel of the person
  • give a strong handshake as it shows character
  • polite to name people by first name + “owitsch” (men) / ”ovna” (women)
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RUSSIA

Culture:Cuisine

  • Russian cuisine with high fat content  impolite not to try
  • large vodka consumption  always after a toast
  • drinking vodka always goes in hand with eating
  • more people drink tea than coffee
  • it is allowed to smoke during the whole meal
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RUSSIA

Culture:Other

  • important to make gifts (but no vodka!)
  • Russians show great hospitality
  • Russians are rather conservative
  •  better to wear conservative clothing with ordinary colours
  •  you should not wear shorts, short skirts, clothings
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RUSSIA

Culture: Business

  • punctuality very important
  • negotiations take longer than in Germany with more restaurant attendance
  • timetables aren’t binding  more flexible
  • Russians are rather neutral
  • confidence and personal relationship are very important
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RUSSIA

Don’ts

  • never drink alcohol alone
  • never give away yellow flowers  symbol of misfortune
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RUSSIA

St. Basil's Cathedral and the Spasskaya Tower of the Kremlin

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RUSSIA

Rostov-na-Donu

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RUSSIA

Kamchatka

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RUSSIA

Moscow State University

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RUSSIA

Russian Culture Quiz – true or false?

Russians like to get gifts in form of vodka!

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RUSSIA

Russian Culture Quiz – true or false?

When greeting people it is always “ladies first”!

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RUSSIA

Russian Culture Quiz – true or false?

Russian negotiations take longer than in Germany!

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RUSSIA

Russian Culture Quiz – true or false?

Russians like to critic often and directly during a negotiation!

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POLAND & RUSSIA

Lukas and Vicky say

“Dzienkuje” and “Спасибо!“

for your attention