Bulgarian Communication, Values, and Etiquette


The Bulgarian gestures for “yes” and “no” often confuse people from other countries. For “Yes,” they shake their head from side to side. “No” is signaled by one or two nods up and down. It is like the opposite what we do. Bulgarians stand or sit closer together than Westerners. They speak in louder voices and touch each other more often.


The family is in the centre in Bulgaria. Generations of the family often live together. The grandparents help to raise the grandchildren. The family gives emotional and financial support to its members.

Single adults usually live with their parents until they marry. Many young married couple live with one set of parents until they can afford their own home. Elderly parents are often cared for by their children.

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