The Best Website about Countries and Their Cultures

If you are going to Nepal –or any country a Canadian might go to—to work or live, and want grassroots insights, the Canadian Centre for Intercultural Learning is your one-stop shop.

This is THE BEST site I know of in terms of exploring life and work in a range of countries/cultures, mostly BECAUSE it gives verbatim reports about Work and the Workplace from Local Insiders and Canadians living in-country.

http://www.international.gc.ca/cil-cai/country_insights-apercus_pays/countryinsights-apercuspays.aspx?lang=eng
[Hint: “Country Insights” leads you to “Country Information”]

WHAT WE LIKE >> Cultural Information*
For each country, specific issue questions (e.g., workplace conflict) are asked and then answered first by a Local and also by a Canadian who has lived there.
See details below.

The General Layout   3 headings for each Country with my rating:
Country Facts – 4 of 5 stars
Cultural Information – 5 of 5 stars
Overview – 2 of 5 stars

Country Facts [web surf below the surface]
Six of eight tabs :: History : Geography : Culture : Politics : Economy : Media :: link to websites. Many of these are in-country sites.

Cultural Information [Wow! Real answers from real people!]
The site says: “For each country, two perspectives are provided: one by a Canadian and the other by a person born in the selected country. By comparing the ‘local point of view’ with the ‘Canadian point of view’, you will begin to form a picture of that country’s culture.”

The same 16 questions are asked and answered on each Country page.
8 of the 16 Questions are about WORK:

  • What should I know about the workplace environment (deadlines, dress, formality, etc.)?
  • What qualities are most highly regarded in a local superior/manager?
  • In the workplace, how are decisions taken [made] and by whom?
  • Briefly describe the local culture’s attitudes regarding the following: Gender, Class, Religion and Ethnicity. What impact would the above attitudes have on the workplace?
  • How important is it to establish a personal relationship with a colleague or client before getting to business?
  • Would a colleague or employee expect special privileges or considerations given our personal relationship or friendship?
  • I have a work-related problem with a colleague. Do I confront him or her directly? Privately or publicly?
  • What motivates my local colleagues to perform well on the job?

NOTE: After the last question, which is — What stereotypes do Canadians have about the local culture that might be harmful to effective relations? – you can read the backgrounds of the Local and the Canadian who lives there and just answered these questions.

Overview [ho-hum]
Includes basic stats that you can find elaborated extensively in the CIA World Factbook (https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2119rank.html).

 

 

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