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We asked expats and digital nomads what they find the most challenging about the local culture in Brazil. They wrote...

"A common challenge that expats in Brazil face is the language barrier. Despite the widespread use of the Portuguese language, many Brazilians also speak their own local dialects, making it difficult for those just beginning to learn the language. Additionally, Brazilian culture has a strong emphasis on maintaining relationships and an intricate system of protocols and etiquette rules, which can be confusing and difficult to navigate for those unfamiliar with local norms. Additionally, Brazilians value harmony and tranquillity, while expats coming from outside cultures may be less familiar with this emphasis on peace and group concord, resulting in clashes and misunderstandings within conversations," remarked another expat who made the move to Brazil.

"The language and they are also very isolated. All the newspapers and TV talk about Brazil and Brazil, not much about the rest of the world problems," explained one expat living in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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