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What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Estonia?

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We asked people in Estonia if they could share any humorous cultural blunders they commited. For new expats, keep in mind that these incidents are an inevitable part of expat life. Learning to laugh about them is the key!...

"I went into Sauna with a towel. Everyone is supposed to go completely naked together. It's normal here. I was laughed at because I felt weird hanging out naked with a bunch of guys. Now it doesn't even phase me since it is part of the culture," explained one expat living in Tallinn, Estonia.

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"It is important to be aware of cultural differences when visiting Estonia. It is considered rude to be late for appointments, so it is important to arrive on time. It is also important to dress appropriately for the occasion, as Estonians tend to dress more formally than in other countries. It is also important to be aware of the local customs and traditions, and to respect them. It is also important to be aware of the local language, and to try to use it when possible. Finally, it is important to be aware of the local customs regarding alcohol consumption, and to drink responsibly," said another expat in Estonia.

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