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* Due to a lack of immigration, modern Estonia is a very homogenous society. If you are a non-white traveller do not be surprised (or alarmed) if some people stare at you as if they've never seen someone of your complexion before.
 
* Due to a lack of immigration, modern Estonia is a very homogenous society. If you are a non-white traveller do not be surprised (or alarmed) if some people stare at you as if they've never seen someone of your complexion before.
 
  
 
* Estonians respect physical distance. The most common greeting is a handshake. Hugs are exchanged between family members and close friends.  
 
* Estonians respect physical distance. The most common greeting is a handshake. Hugs are exchanged between family members and close friends.  
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* Do not raise your voice in a conversation. A decent silent conversation is the Estonian way of doing business. For similar reasons, don't be surprised if an Estonian responds back in a few moments; They prefer to listen more than they like to speak.
 
* Do not raise your voice in a conversation. A decent silent conversation is the Estonian way of doing business. For similar reasons, don't be surprised if an Estonian responds back in a few moments; They prefer to listen more than they like to speak.
  
* Avoid asking personal questions and don't be offended if nobody inquires about your family or personal life. Privacy is highly valued in Estonia, and engaging in probing behaviours like asking them about their salaries and so forth is a quick way to make Estonians lose their respect and appreciation for you.
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* Avoid asking personal questions and don't be offended if nobody inquires about your family or personal life. Estonians like to separate their personal life from their everyday life, and family is regarded as a strictly private matter.
 
 
* Avoid bragging about your accomplishments and desires; Modesty is a virtue and self-praise is considered impolite, and it is a very quick way to make an Estonian lose their respect and appreciation for you.
 
 
 
* Estonians in general have some very nationalistic and patriotic views of their nation, and any comment that can be taken as a slight can be met with varying degrees of hostility. As a general rule of thumb, its advisable to praise the country and not say anything negative about it.
 
 
 
* Do not haggle. Haggling shows disrespect to a vendor or seller and it is important to note that all prices at stores and markets are fixed and will not change.  
 
  
* Use compliments sparingly. Like in several European Nations, hurling too many compliments at someone is considered superficial behaviour and Estonians in general would get offended if you choose to shower them with compliments. Just deliver the simple niceties like "Nice Sweater" and so on, and move on.
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* Avoid bragging about your accomplishments or showing off your wealth; Modesty is a virtue and self-praise is considered impolite.
  
 
* If you are invited to an Estonian home, always remove your shoes. Bringing a small gift such as pastry, wine, or flowers to the host is appreciated.  
 
* If you are invited to an Estonian home, always remove your shoes. Bringing a small gift such as pastry, wine, or flowers to the host is appreciated.  

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