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Survey finds big regional differences in how Belgians greet others
Should you kiss or shake hands when greeting someone in Belgium? According to a new study, there is a great discrepancy between the north and the south of the country.
In Wallonia, the overwhelming majority believe the proper greeting for a friend is a kiss on the cheek, with 90% of people agreeing.
In Brussels, the figure was 75%, with 22% preferring a handshake.
And in Flanders only 55% of people think kissing is how to greet people you know well. The others were split between a handshake and a wave.
As far as the work environment goes, there is an even further divide between the greetings of Walloon and Flemish people. 63% of people in Wallonia kiss their colleagues, compared to just 13% in Flanders.
In Brussels workplaces, the results are fairly split. 44% say they kiss to greet their colleagues, with 40% preferring to shake hands and 21% just giving a spoken greeting.
Photo: Eric Lalmand/Belga