Romanian and Swedish Culture Analysis Based on Hofstede Model

4241 Words Feb 15th, 2012 17 Pages
Romania and Sweden are two countries which differ in so many ways that it is sometimes surprising that they are part of the same continent, even if there are a few similarities, also. We tried to make a comparison between these two countries’cultures, even if we know so much about Romanian culture and less that about the Swedish one.

Like other countries in the region, Romania has worked to create a legal framework consistent with a market economy and investment promotion. Gradually it is moving to strengthen tax administration, enhance transparency and create legal means to reach expeditious resolution of contract disputes. In spite of progress, the unpredictability of the legal framework continues to undermine investor
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The Swedish businessman, on the other hand, probably wishes his foreign business partner would cut the small talk and come to the point. In Sweden, a direct approach is seen as a sign of efficiency and a wish not to waste the other person 's time. A lot of Swedish people speak English fluently, just like in Romania, and when it comes to punctuality, this is a crucial element in business and in life in general for them. Being punctual is not only regarded as a sign of respect, but also of efficiency and Swedish businessmen will have little understanding for cultural variation in this case. The stressing of the time factor can also be seen in everyday business contacts as it is generally not considered rude to set a deadline for a thing to be done or a decision made.

The existence of strong regional culture, based on historical geographical, political, economic or cultural factors, has an impact on the behavior of enterprises, through the influence of the individuals who "designed" them. There are differences between the old historical Romanian provinces in terms of history, ethnic and religious structure, but also in terms of the influence exercised by the neighborhood or the geographical proximity, differences resulted from causative factors of regional cultures. National culture refers to the culture of a country, the country being