Venezuelan Culture

Other Considerations

  • Music and dance plays a great role in Venezuelan culture. The merengue, salsa and bolero dances are very popular. Additionally, reggaeton music is highly popular in Venezuela and the entire Latin American region. It often provides people with a connection to Latin American culture when living overseas.
  • While military service is no longer compulsory in Venezuela, it remains common and popular for citizens to enrol. Militarism is a large feature of Venezuelan culture and is highly visible in the national education system.
  • On the street, catcalling can be both common and unwanted. Known as ‘piropos’, catcalls are commonly directed at women, and can be vulgar. Some women may find being catcalled flattering, but in general these comments are ignored. 
  • Be aware that human rights abuses are widely reported to be “pervasive” in Venezuela. The Venezuelan government is known to crack down on protests, persecute political opponents, and is alleged to have committed extrajudicial killings.1



1 Human Rights Watch, 2019

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