Differences in Living in Spanish Culture

Since I am from the Netherlands, which is not too far from Spain and both being a European Union country, I didn’t expect too many cultural differences when I came to Spain. Boy you better be prepared for some surprises!

Social Life

In more northern cultures, social life takes part most of the time at home and sometimes in a restaurant but that is so expensive that you can’t do that all the time. The Spanish on the other hand hardly ever invite people to their homes and prefer meetings in the street, a bar, a restaurant, on the beach or the mountains.  Getting together is also less planned than I was used to, they are way more spontaneous. No complete agenda’s for the coming months, the only obligation most Spanish friends have is to have lunch with their family on a regular basis.

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About Marco Kivit

I am a financial (controller) with a broad financial experience and interest. Companies that I worked for include both large companies as well as Small- and Medium sized companies in various sectors, such as Allianz, PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, Royal Dutch Household, Royal Dutch Mint. I have set up Business Club Spanje to bring people and organizations together, to share knowledge about doing business in and between Spain and the Netherlands and to promote our partners.

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