We all know that we don’t pat the back of a colleague in Korea to thank them for a “job well done”. Or eat with your left hand in India, or sip vodka in Russia. In many countries, these actions are harmless. But in others, they can give a wrong impression or cause offense.

In fact, whatever culture you’re from, it’s likely that you routinely do something that could cause offense somewhere else in the world. So here is:

A primer on how to avoid mistakes in Algeria

Algeria Culture photo

Photo by Hichem Merouche

As in all of North Africa, the dominant religion in Algeria is Islam, and appropriate religious prohibitions and attitudes should be in order. If visiting a mosque, for example, be sure to be dressed conservatively and remove your shoes before entering it.

Alcohol policy is not the same all over the country, with some cities prohibiting bars and/or liquor stores. Keep in mind to drink only at home or in a bar; never in public. Also, given the ongoing political strife, talking politics is not advisable. Even the mention of certain topics can draw unwanted attention and, at very least, make your visit far more unpleasant.

With this, you had the primer on key facts about Algeria, and key facts on culture and customs. Another important part of the culture is the local food and the local drinks. Make sure you read our posts on Algeria food and drinks:

Local food you should try in Algeria and No miss drinks in Algeria.

Other tips that you’d like to share on mistakes to avoid in Algeria? Please comment below.