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Netherlands     gezellig... Gezellig means cosy, relaxed, informal - it means feeling comfortable with a group of friends. The Flemish speaking region of Belgium also use the word,...

Denmark     hygge... [pron. hoo-geh] 'cosy, relaxed, informal, friendly' Closely related to hygge is Danish fællesskab - fellowship; being part of a small close-knit group. You...

Mexico     La Neta... La Neta is a colloquial Mexican phrase for 'The Truth'. More than that, it means the deepest truth, the truth over all truths; being sincere, authentic and...

Philippines     Bahala na... Bahala na means 'whatever will happen, will happen', or 'in the hands of God' (as in insha'Allah), or 'not up to us.' So it can be interpreted as a...

Luxembourg     normalement, oui… Luxembourg has become a micro-nation of banking, investment companies and EU related organisations. Our Luxembourg friends tell us that 'normally,...

Malta     festas... Festas means holiday, or feast-day, or festival - both in the religious sense, and the commemorative sense, and Malta is the country with more festas than any...

Kyrgyzstan     Biz el mene... Biz el mene means 'I'm with my people,' and in past times has been a declaration of nationhood. In Soviet times, tied in with Bat'kivschina -...

Slovenia     slovenski kulturni praznik... Means: 'Slovenian cultural holiday.' It is celebrated on February 8th as Presernov dan, Presernov Day - to commemorate the death of...

Czech Republic     svejkovina... 'Svejk-like' is probably the most obvious translation. This means to act in the manner of Soldier Svejk. Svejk is the central character of the...

Brazil     Jeitinho Brasileiro... "The Brazilian way…" Brazil 200 million inhabitants, 21 states - a star for each one on the national flag. Jeitinho Brasileiro acknowledges the...

Guatemala     Xibalba be... Xibalba means 'underworld' and 'be' means 'road'. Guatemala In Mayan mythology xibalba be was the road to hell. It was the journey of Mayan civilisation...

Bhutan     Druk Yul... Druk yul means Land of the Thunder Dragon, and this is what the Bhutanese call their country, a mountainous kingdom wedged between China, India and...

Lithuania     krepsinis... Krepsinis means basketball, Lithuania's national sport. Lietuva - Lithuania - is the land of the self-proclaimed Baltic Latinos, and the home of Lithuanian...

Singapore     guan xi... Guan xi [pron: gwan see] means connections, trust and much more besides. Guan xi is the foundation of Chinese business culture. Without guan xi a business...

China     zhong yong... Moderation, the middle way, according to the teaching of zhong yong, is the key to a successful life. The middle way lies between two extremes - in order to...