Etiquette in Nicaragua

Nicaragua  is the largest country in the Central America, has a population of over 6 million people.

Spanish is the official language, while English and many native languages are recognized regionally. Nicaraguan Spanish includes a number of unique vocabulary words.

The government is a presidential representative democratic republic, in which the President of Nicaragua is both head of state and head of government of a multi-party system.

There is no official religion in Nicaragua, but it is estimated that as many as 85% of the inhabitants are Roman Catholic.

The currency is the Córdoba.

General Etiquette

Business breakfasts and lunches are preferable over dinners. The main meal of the day is lunch and traditionally includes black beans, tortillas, or meat.

Only children, family members and close friends address each other by first names.

Use extreme caution when taking photographs. Do not photograph individuals or religious ceremonies without prior permission. Also keep in mind that, due to military significance, photos of transportation depots and bridges may be prohibited.

Business gifts are not generally given on a first trip. However, at the end of your meeting, you should ask if there is anything you can bring back on your next trip.