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It is worth paying attention to the following points at business meetings in Slovenia:

  • In general, business behavior in Slovenia is similar to that in the rest of Europe; particularly to Germany and Austria. A handshake before and after a meeting is customary and acceptable. Care should be taken to shake hands with everyone present at a meeting. It is customary to shake hands first with the women that are present. During a first meeting, be careful to observe the organizational status of all the Slovenians present. It is also the custom use hosts' titles, such as "Doctor" or "Professor", before their names.
  • Immediately after shaking hands at the start of the meeting, it is customary to exchange business cards. See that you have a sufficient quantity of business cards.
  • The acceptable dress for a business meeting is a business suit for men. Women are recommended to dress fashionably, but not loudly.
  • Most business people in large cities in Slovenia have a good command of English and some are fluent in German and Italian as well.
  • Acceptable gifts for business meetings are items for the office, pens (including pens with your company logo) as well as selected wines.
  • It takes some time to be able to fix a meeting. Confirm in advance, before the meeting, by fax or letter, that the meeting will take place.
  • You are recommended to avoid business meetings in the months of July and August or around the times of national holidays.







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