Portugal

Last updated 22 March 2013 Posted in Europe, Countries

  • Official country name: The Portuguese Republic
  • Size: 92,212 square kilometre (35,603 square mile)
  • Population: 10,781,459 (2012 est.)
  • Internet TLD: .pt
  • Calling code: +351
  • GDP: 244.960 billion dollars (22,991 dollars per capita)
  • Major import partners: Spain, Germany, France
  • Major export partners: Spain, Germany, France
  • Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)

Business skills

Meeting styles

Meeting styles in Portugal are done on a very typical Portuguese way. During meetings in Portuguese companies, decisions are usually left out. The intention of a meeting is therefore not to come to an end result but they are for briefing and discussion. These meetings, just like any other appointment in Portugal, won’t start on time and people will not stick to an agenda. If there is a pressing business which is very important then this will be discussed first. There is also something else Portuguese business people are known for: even though the person on top of the company has most authorities, that person and the other managers in the company prefer avoiding direct conflicts with staff members. They take into consideration the personal situation of the subordinate and if they want to address something they don’t like, they will do this on a very benign manner. The reason for this is because Portuguese people used to think that being direct is seen as rude.

In countries like Portugal, where bureaucracy is heavy, business behaviour will largely rely on good personal relations and mutual confidence of individuals. If one of both parties doesn’t like or trust the other person, there will be no business done. If one wants to succeed in cooperation, you have to be willing to invest your time to build trust. This is essential for doing business (Yilmaz and Hooi, 2012).