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The Cultural Atlas (SBS)

The Cultural Atlas is an online atlas including over fifty countries representing Australia’s largest migrant populations. It provides a comprehensive guide to each country, describing the dominant culture of each country and their behaviour in relation to Australian norms. It aims to inform and educate the public in cross-cultural attitudes, practices, norms, behaviours and communications.

For each country, the atlas covers:

  • Core Concepts
  • Greetings
  • Religion
  • Family
  • Naming
  • Dates of Significance
  • Etiquette
  • Do’s and Do Not’s
  • Communication, and
  • Business Culture.

Each country page will also show the country’s flag, its location on the world map, and a list of sources. You can also find quick statistics for each country (for example, population, languages, religions) and the country’s population in Australia (ancestry, average age, language spoken at home etc.).

The Cultural Atlas is a useful resource for navigating cross-cultural interactions that sometimes require great care and sensitivity, particularly in relation to those coming from refugee backgrounds. Despite large numbers of Australians originating overseas, the customs and traditions of their cultures are unknown to many. The Cultural Atlas is a very useful and informative way for us to get to know each other better.

See the Cultural Atlas

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