Etiquette in Togo

Togo is located in west Africa and has a population of 7.5 million people.

The nation is a presidential republic.

The official language of Togo is French. The vernacular languages are Gbe languages, Kotocoli, and Kabiye.

Most people in Togo follow traditional African beliefs. Islam and Christianity are sizeable minorities.

The currency of Togo is the CFA franc.

A small burp is a compliment to the host and hostess.

When dining on meat, snap bones in half and enjoy the marrow.

Handshakes are important in this culture, and tend to last longer than in Western culture. Men shake hands with their right hand and snap their fingers when they let go. Women usually shake hands, but may hug or kiss family and friends on the cheek.

Note that men and women avoid touching in public. However, in a business setting if a woman offers her hand to a man, shaking would be fine. Men shouldn’t initiate a handshake with a woman.

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