Serbian Culture

Greetings

  • A firm handshake with direct eye contact is the most common form of greeting.
  • When meeting someone for the first time, people tend to shake hands and ask “kako ste?” (“how are you?”) or “drago mi je” (“nice to meet you”). 
  • When addressing an acquaintance, the appropriate form of address is the title of ‘Mr’ or ‘Ms’, followed by their surname.
  • Failing to acknowledge others by introducing yourself with a handshake may offend some.
  • Kissing is a common greeting among friends and family. Three kisses, alternating each cheek, is the general custom.
  • If you are seated, stand when you meet people, particularly older men and women. 
  • The usual way to say “hello” is “zdravo” or “chao”.
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