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 Iraq

Never show the soles of your feet to others. This may be considered very disrespectful by most Iraqis, unless you are in the company of friends. When in the company of friends, it’s still best to excuse yourself before putting your feet up in the air with the soles of your feet in the direction of any person. Don’t spit in public or in the direction of others, even when obviously done without malice.

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Photo by AK Rockefeller

With this, you had the primer on key facts about Iraq, 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 Iraq food and drinks:

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

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