Egyptian Culture

Do's and Don'ts


  • Show an Egyptian respect by dressing modestly and remaining sensitive and polite. However, it is okay to be informal and relaxed – doing so will likely make your Egyptian counterpart feel well received and comfortable in your presence.
  • Praise their strengths and virtues when possible. Egyptians tend to give compliments generously.
  • Acknowledge the history of Egypt and the country’s cultural heritage. Showing an understanding of Egyptian history and contemporary culture will likely impress them.
  • Respect an Egyptian’s intelligence if they show evidence of a higher education. It is likely that an Egyptian in Australia is very educated and technically trained, with many holding one or multiple university degrees.

Do not’s

  • Try not to say anything that could be taken as insulting or derogatory. Rather, take an indirect approach towards corrective remarks to minimise the possibility of tarnishing one’s honour.
  • Avoid telling crass or dirty jokes as this type of humour is generally not appreciated in Egypt.
  • Avoid openly criticising Egyptian politics as criticism from a foreigner may be interpreted as an insult or suspicious. While discussion of Egyptian politics is often welcomed and Egyptians tend to have a high level of political awareness, the conversation should be approached in the form of an open dialogue. Avoid carelessly expressing opinions and criticism, particularly towards religion.
  • Your Egyptian counterpart may have strong or sensitive feelings regarding certain subjects, such as Israeli-Palestinian relations and opinions of Islam in general. These topics should be treated diplomatically should they arise in conversation.
  • Do not assume that your Egyptian counterpart identifies himself or herself as Arab. ‘Egyptian’ and ‘Arab’ are not synonymous but rather are distinctive cultures and ethnicities.
  • Avoid stereotyping contemporary Egyptian culture against ancient Egypt. While Egyptians take pride in their cultural heritage, Egyptian culture is dynamic and has significantly changed throughout history.
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  • Population
    [2016 est.]
  • Language
    Arabic [official]
  • Religion
    Islam [predominantly Sunni] (90.0%)
    Coptic Orthodox Christianity (9.0%)
    Other Christianity (1.0%)
    [2015 est.]
  • Ethnicity
    Egyptian (99.6%)
    Other (0.4%)
    [Census, 2006]
  • Cultural Dimensions
  • Australians with Egyptian Ancestry
    50,517 [Census, 2016]
Egyptians in Australia
  • Population
    [Census, 2016]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Egypt.
  • Median Age
    [Census, 2016]
  • Gender
    Male (51.7%)
    Female (48.3%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Religion
    Oriental Orthodox Christianity (38.2%)
    Catholic Christianity (17.9%)
    Islam (15.6%)
    Eastern Orthodox Christianity (10.7%)
    Other Religion (10.9%)
    No Religion (3.6%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Ancestry
    Egyptian (54.0%)
    Greek (11.1%)
    Italian (5.6%)
    Maltese (3.7%)
    Other Ancestry (25.6%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Language Spoken at Home
    Arabic (61.8%)
    English (19.3%)
    Greek (7.6%)
    Italian (4.9%)
    Other Languages (5.6%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 88.6% speak English fluently.
    [Census, 2016]
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (49.6%)
    Victoria (33.4%)
    Queensland (6.2%)
    Western Australia (5.6%)
    Other (5.2%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2007 (73.3%)
    2007 - 2011 (10.8%)
    2012 - 2016 (12.7%)
    [Census, 2016]
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