Etiquette in Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan is located in Central Asia and has a population of 5.2 million people.

The nation is a unitary presidential republic.

The official language of Turkmenistan is Turkmen, though Russian is spoken.

Most citizens follow Islam.

The currency of Turkmenistan is the Turkmen new manat.

Men shake hands with the right hand. Family members may hug or kiss on the cheek.

Men and women may choose to simply nod when greeting while saying “God grant you peace.” If there is to be a handshake, women should be the ones who initiate the greeting.

Men and women should both dress conservatively. Women may choose a stylish business suit, dress, or blouse. Turkmen’s national dress would be appropriate. Men will wear conservative suits, ties, and jackets. A more casual look may be acceptable in some situations.

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