There are many cultural differences between Indonesia and Europe. During your holiday in Indonesia, a behaviour you would think as normal might be offending for locals. Even though they are used to see foreigners and are very kind, it might be useful for you to know a few things about Indonesian culture before you leave.
First of the cultural differences, religion is a big part of Indonesians’ life. Actually, it is mandatory to have religious beliefs, atheism is prohibited. Careful then when talking about religion with locals. As a consequence, one may describe Indonesian society as conservative. Marriage is essential and if you are a couple try not to show public display of affection.
Another of the cultural differences is that in Indonesia, conflicts are settled peacefully and with a smile. No need to get angry, lose patience or complain such behaviours will be frowned upon by locals. Avoid making them lose face, if the person you’re talking to is wrong, don’t point it out. When meeting Indonesian people you can ask questions but don’t be to curious it would be intrusive and show a lack of education.
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