What is the etiquette for meeting in Turkey?

  • Shaking hands while meeting is pretty common. It is not mandatory to do so while taking leave.
  • In Turkey, people who are closely related or are friends are greeted with one or a couple of kisses on the cheek.
  • Elders are greeted by kissing on the hand and then placing the senior person’s hand on the younger person’s head.
  • If no one initiates a greeting with you in a sudden, go to the senior most person and greet him. Otherwise, greet the person who is physically closest to you and go on greeting people around the place in the anti-clockwise direction.
  • Using the Islamic greeting ‘AsalamuAlaikum’ is acceptable. Keep knowledge of phrases of common use such as Nasilsiniz (How are you?), Gunaydin (Good Morning), IyiGunler (Good day), and MemnunOdlum (Pleased to meet you).

What is the proper etiquette for gift giving in Turkey?

  • Gift giving is not very popular among Turks. Instead, they prefer hosting dinners and taking their guests for sight-seeing.
  • However, you can gift items to them preferably something from your own country.
  • Give gifts with alcoholic contents only when you are sure that your host drinks.
  • On the other hand, it is totally alright to present gifts when offered an invitation to a Turk’s residence. Your gift can range from sweets, especially the Baklava, to home decoration items. You can gift flowers too but they have to be of the appropriate type. Get good quality candy for the children of the household.

What is the proper etiquette for eating in Turkey?

  • Dinners, including business ones, may mostly take place in restaurants. Turks enjoy such gatherings with good conversation.
  • According to protocol in Turkey, the host always pays for the meal. You must let him pay and then invite him to dinner yourself later. This will be seen as a good gesture.
  • There may or may not be alcohol during dinner. Raky is the locally famous type of drink. The main course will almost always include fish or meat, along with salad and a type of bread.
  • The people may stop between courses to smoke.
  • Tea or Turkish coffee will be given to you at the end of the meal along with pastries. It is very exquisite and should be relished slowly. Don’t go till the end of the cup as it will contain ground coffee.

Things you should know before going to Turkey?

  • Keep knowledge about the heritage and culture of the country before going there. Despite of being a Muslim country, it follows the principle of democracy and secularism.
  • Sunday is officially a holiday. However, people may still take leave for going to the mosque on Fridays.
  • Turkey is the perfect blend of Islamic Tradition and modern beliefs. Foreigners should keep that in mind and respect their Islamic traditions.
  • People work in groups and the idea of Individualism is not much celebrated.
  • Developing good relations with people in Turkey will prove helpful.
  • Priority is given to family matters ahead of work. Thus, companies here are flexible with work when it comes to the person’s family.
  • Foster a feeling of Loyalty among your friends and acquaintances in Turkey.
  • A person who is related to the employer will get precedence over a stranger when applying for a job.
  • People in Turkey are not very stringent when it comes to Timings and deadlines. Foreign counterparts should adjust to this culture change.
  • They regard education as a factor that determines the status and respect you will receive.

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Last update on February 2, 11:53 am by Nidhi S.