Know your Mozambican visitor

Portuguese, although English is widely spoken, as are Swahili, Makhuwa and Sena.

'Como esta?' (Komu eshta?) means 'How are you, and is more formal than the common greeting, 'Ola', which means 'Hello'.

Greetings are considered important in Mozambique, so make sure you acknowledge everyone with a nod.

Discussing politics, especially when meeting someone for the first time.

Questions about where the other person is from in Mozambique, as there is some tension between the northern, southern and central regions of the country.

Mozambicans have a wonderful sense of humour. If you feel comfortable, try cracking a joke.

They also love music, and the marimba and mbira are the most popular musical instruments. Encourage visitors to explore local music events and concerts. 

When speaking to someone, it is appropriate to keep an arm’s-length distance and it is not necessarily important to maintain eye contact.

Whether you touch someone or not depends on the relationship you have with them; it is not common for men and women to touch each other unless they are intimately involved, though men often hold hands in public as a sign of friendship and not as a display of sexuality.