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Luxembourg Customs & Etiquettes


Although friendly and informal with close friends and family, Luxembourgers are often reserved and formal when dealing with outsiders. They are private people and do not put their possessions or emotions on display. Luxembourgers do not ask personal questions and will refuse to answer should you intrude on their privacy. Personal life is kept separate from business. If a friendship develops at work and is carried into the personal arena, this camaraderie will not be brought into the office. Personal matters are not usually discussed with friends, no matter how close.

Meeting & Greeting

• Greetings are reserved and formal until a relationship has been established.
• The most common greeting is a brief handshake.
• Very close friends greet each other by lightly kissing on the cheeks three times, starting with the left cheek and alternating.
• This can be between women or a man and a woman.
• Men never kiss other men; they always shake hands.
• Surnames with the honorific titles Monsieur or Madame are used in most social situations.
• Wait to be invited before using someone's first name and always use the formal pronoun for you, "vous" rather than the informal "tu".

Gift Giving Etiquette

• If you are invited to someone's home, bring a box of good chocolates or flowers to the hostess.
• Invitations to tea are formal and require the same gift as would a dinner party.
• Flowers should be given in odd numbers, but not 13, which is considered an unlucky number.
• Do not give chrysanthemums as they are used at funerals.
• A small gift for the children is always appreciated.
• Gifts are not usually opened when received if there are other guests present.

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