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Spanish culture

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Agnieszka Zel

on 13 July 2013

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Spanish cuisine
Jamón serrano
Semana Santa
Spanish siesta
-between 1 pm-5pm
- most of shops are closed
-time to sleep,meet people, eat
-people are noisy and emotional
Spanish people....
1) are connected to their family, which is the most important
2) are easy-going, relaxed, avoid stress and quarrels
3) even in business case- "mañana" habit works
4) don't like to work very long
5) are very open and friendly
6) love their country and culture, and celebrate it
7) can be out of time
8) usually don't speak foreign languages very well
Business in Spain
Sentences of my friends:
What do you think about Spaniards?
“Spanish ppl try to enjoy life as much as possible. Spanish ladies are often dressed very well. When it comes to business side, one what I can say: their English is often not as good as it should be!”
Marco Lynn -> German student, who spend 1 year on Erasmus in Córdoba, Spain
“Minimum effort maximum performance! It means: it doesn’t matter the time you invest doing something the target is to make or do it perfect. “
Guille Santori Sanz -> a Spanish building engineer and teacher from Madrid, Spain
“Spanish people are very outgoing and passionate. When it comes to making business contacts I think that they are very relaxed and in comparison to Korean people they are very very slow- I mean V.E.R.Y slow. So if they do business like that also, maybe for Koreans it'll be very hard to make good business, because we prefer everything fast faster fastest, and I guess Spanish people tend to be relaxed.”
Jimin Kwon -> Korean cook from Pusan in South Korea, post Erasmus in Córdoba, Spain
"When I think about Spanish negotiations, it takes a long time, because of their “mañana” habit. I’ve heard that they like the most to do business with South America (mostly because of the fact that they speak similar language and have common culture). "
Paweł Wakuła -> employed in Poland as a Business Analyst, has been living in Spain for a year
Spanish dialects
The Hofstede
Power Distance Index:
-Score 57 reflects hierarchical distance
-Workers expect boss to control and subordinate them
-Workers usually avoid providing their boss with negative information
-Score is 51
-In comparison to other European countries is Collectivist
-They like to work in groups and are very sociable
-But to the rest of the world as clearly individualist
-This makes Spaniards easy to relate with non European cultures
Masculinity / Femininity:
-Scores 42 : key word is consensus
-Children are educated in harmony, consult, need help
-Managers need consultant as well to get to know other’s opinion before making final decision
-Money are not the most

important, they are able to find balance between work and family needs
Uncertainty avoidance:
-Is considered the second noisiest country in the world
-People like to have rules
-Avoid confrontations and quarrels
-75% of Spanish young people wanted to work in civil service (USA – 17%)
Long-term orientation:
Spanish people like to live in the moment, without a great concern about the future. In fact, Spain is the country that has given the meaning of ‘fiesta’ to the world. In Spain, people look for quick results without delays. Moreover, there is a need for clear structures and well defined rules prevailing against more pragmatic and relaxed approaches to life, particularly, in the long term time
Spanish culture
Agnieszka Żełobowska
Thank you for attention!
Spanish economy
since 1986 Spain is in UE
new currency- EURO, since 2002
it 8th developed country in the World
’Bullfighting provides 3,700,000 working days
530 million euros of taxpayers’ money is destined to the pro-bullfighting industry per year in Spain
42 bullfighting schools in Spain where children are taught to injure and kill bulls
Bullfighting is illegal in some regions of Spain, including in the Canary Islands
The official number of bulls killed in official bullfights in permanent bullrings in Spain in 2006 is 11,458
Approximately 40,000 bulls die each year in Europe
Carnival of Cádiz
Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Carnival of Las Palmas
The last week of Lent, which is the week immediately before Easter,
The most glamorous celebrations in the region of Andalusia, particularly in Seville,
Consist of the distinctive cloaks and hoods (capirotes) of Spanish Holy Week processions.
Include cante (singing), toque (guitar playing), baile (dance) and palmas (handclaps),
Flamenco forms:"Tangos de Malaga" from Malaga and the "Sevillanas" from Seville.
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