What to know about Tunisian culture and Tunisians:

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Tunisia is a Muslim country and visitors should respect the local sensibilities, especially during the month of Ramadan. Visitors, women in particular, should dress modestly outside of the beach resorts. Only married couples are allowed to share rooms.

Social Life
When a person meets a man or a woman, he usually greets them by shaking their hands. In the formal situation, people use titles in French like Monsieur, Madame, Mademoiselle. If people meet after a long time, they usually kiss on the cheeks twice or four times and shake hands with each other.

Meeting Etiquette
- Tunisians take their time during greetings to converse about their families, friends, and other general topics.
- Handshakes are the customary greeting among individuals of the same sex.
- In any greeting between men and women, the woman must extend her hand first. If she does not, a man should simply bow his head in acknowledgment.
- At parties or other social gatherings your hosts will introduce you, usually starting with the women and then moving on to the men in a rough approximation of age order, oldest to youngest.
- Greet and say good-bye to each person individually.
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Gift Giving Etiquette
- If you are invited to a Tunisian's home bring pastries, nuts, fruit, cake, candy, or flowers to the hostess.
- Do not bring alcohol unless you know that your host drinks. Never bring alcohol during Ramadan.
- Gifts are not opened when received.

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Tipping is not a requirement but appreciated for good service in local establishments. Most people performing a useful service will wait to be tipped. Waiters in resort and hotel restaurants expect a tip of around 10%.

The clothing in Tunisia varies with the region, though much is influenced by Western-style of clothing. However (as of 2012), more and more women in the Tunis area are choosing to wear head scarves and adopting a more conservative, Islamic style of dress. You might even see full burqas in places like Carrefour and in the Medina. There is a greater influence of Middle Eastern Islamic practices after the Revolution. If you are a woman, it is not recommended you bare a lot of skin, especially exposing your legs while off campus. Jogging in leggings even in summer is a good idea. (see Personal Security)

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