Doing business in Nepal
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There is a traditional way of greeting each other in Nepal. The word ‘namaste’ is coupled with placing the palms of your hands together in front of you and bowing slightly. This is the equivalent of ‘Hello’ or ‘How are you?’ Nepalese people are friendly and polite and expect the same from you as well. It is polite to ask about the life and family of the person you are talking to before launching into a business conversation. Be aware that in non-verbal communication, ‘yes’ and ‘no’ mean precisely the opposite to what you would expect in the UK. If you want to say yes, you need to shake your head from left to right, and if you want to say no you need to nod.
Nepalese people often keep work and their private life separate. If you are invited for coffee, lunch, or dinner, it is customary to allow a pause in which a little social intercourse can take place before you begin talking about business. Always follow the example of the person you are speaking to.
The same applies to gifts: small presents such as flowers or chocolates are appreciated in a private context but not always in a business environment.
The official language in Nepal is called Nepali. However, a lot of English is also used. If you require a translation in Nepali or English, we will be happy to help you. We only work with professional translators who are native speakers of the target language. This means that you can be assured of a result which you can use right away.
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