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North vs south Europe
Nord- und Südeuropa im Vergleich

Dress code

Southern Europeans generally dress in a more relaxed way for work than in the north. Again, this may well be due to the weather, but - apart from top executives who do wear suits - jeans, flip-flops and even leopard-print leggings are not uncommon. In Britain, this would be frowned upon in any but the most 'creative' industries! Our contact in Spain described the dress code as:

"In general very relaxed, as if I was just going out on a normal day to go shopping, or going to a bar: not as formal as I thought it would be."


Socializing after work is fairly common in the UK, where a quick trip to the local pub is almost an institution, especially at the end of the week. In Spain, however, this is not so common: families are top priority so most workers want to rush home rather than hang around the office:

"Work colleagues do not seem to socialize in Spain as much as in England, for example. People may have a chat over a 10-minute coffee break but during work hours, people usually just come in, work and go home. Once every couple of weeks they organize a dinner followed by drinks and clubbing. Very informal, just to get to know work colleagues more and to have something to look forward to for those who don't get to go out much."

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