Germany: Always knock before opening an office door. Office furniture may seem far apart, but moving your chair closer is insulting to your host.
Saudi Arabia: Everyone is subject to strict Islamic law (no alcohol, no pornography...).
Mexico: The family is of vital importance. Nepotism is accepted; criticism of it is taken as an insult.
China: Business leaders ar highly sensitive to sovereignty issues. Things must be done their way or not at all.
India: Many cultures and cultural taboos. Be alert to your surroundings. Hindu tradition reveres cattle; do not wear leather.
United Kingdom: Change is not necessarily a good thing in the U.K. Many businesspeople prefer old, well-made clothes to new fashions.
Egypt: As in all Islamic countries, use the right hand in preference to the left (which is considered unclean).
Argentina: Manners in Argentina are more British than Latin. Informality and casualness can make a bad first impression.
Reprinted from SwissAir in-flight magazine, Gazette