How to properly shake hands in 14 different countries

Handshaking etiquette changes depending on the country you are in the world. It is important to recognise and respect these cultural differences, especially when conducting business around the world.

In Brazil and the United States, a firm handshake is expected. However, this would be off putting in the UK, as the British like to greet each other with a lighter handshake.

We created a helpful guide for handshake etiquette across 14 countries, thanks to information from BBC and Mental Floss.


United States

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United Kingdom

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Brazil

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China

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Turkey

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Morocco

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United Arab Emirates

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Russia

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Australia

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Thailand

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Mexico

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Switzerland

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South Korea

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France

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Kathleen Elkins contributed to an older version of this post.