Etiquette in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan is located in the Caucasus on the border of Asia and Europe and has a population of 9.7 million people.

The nation is a unitary dominant-party semi-presidential republic.

The official language of Azerbaijan is Azerbaijani.

Most citizens follow Islam.

The currency of Azerbaijan is the manat.

When greeting someone, men shake hands. People of the same sex may kiss one another on the cheek. Women may not shake hands, and men should wait to see how a woman chooses to be greeted before offering to shake hands. Good friends and family will hug. Always offer the right hand.

Be sure to ask after the other person’s health, business, and family.

If you are greeting someone older, a slight bow may be appropriate. Younger people greet older people first.

The thought, not the price, should be your primary concern when giving gifts.

Don’t expect the gift to be opened when it is received.

When you are invited to someone’s home, it is best to bring fruit, pastries or an even number of flowers. Don’t bring alcohol. Your host or hostess may refuse a gift twice before accepting it reluctantly. This is customary, so insist upon the acceptance.

Gifts aren’t usually offered at the first business meeting.

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