Comparison of Latvian and Canadian Business Labels
• In general, business behavior in Latvia is similar to that in the rest of Europe; a handshake before and after a meeting is customary and acceptable. Care should be taken to shake hands with everyone present at a meeting. A kiss on the cheek and a slight embrace is acceptable at a meeting of acquaintances.
• Business hours are normally Monday to Friday 0900-1700. The old Soviet era tendency to turn public holidays into an excuse for two or three days off work seems to be waning.
• Immediately after shaking hands at the start of the meeting, it is customary to exchange business cards. See that you have a sufficient quantity of business cards.
• The acceptable dress for a business meeting is a business suit for men. Women are recommended to dress fashionably, but not loudly.
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