Success tips when doing business in Bermuda
- In Bermuda, it is considered impolite to start a conversation without saying “good morning”, “good afternoon”, or “good evening”. This etiquette applies to both daily life and business contexts;
- Foreigners coming to Bermuda should dress conservatively. Swimsuits and shorts are not allowed outside of the beach and pool area.
Interesting facts about Bermuda
- Bermuda gets its name from its founder, Juan de Bermudez. Bermuda was founded in 1505 and was settled in 1609 by Britain;
- Bermuda shorts are well known as proper attire on the island and is probably the most famous piece of men’s attire. They are commonly worn between May 1st and the beginning of November. It is perfectly fashionable for men to wear Bermuda shorts with knee sox, a jacket or sportscoat, and a tie. The attire is acceptable at business and social functions;
- Bermuda’s economy is primarily made up of offshore insurance and reinsurance and tourism. Offshore finance and tourism are its two largest sectors. In 2005, Bermuda claimed to once have the world’s highest GDP per capita, but, as Bermuda is classified as a British Overseas Territory rather than as a independent country, these statistics are difficult to verify;
- Bermuda has the most golf courses per capita of any location in the world. There are seven 18-hole golf courses and two 9-hole courses in its 20.75 square miles;
- Bermuda has the shortest drawbridge in the world. Somerset Bridge is about 12 inches long and just wide enough for a sailboat mast to pass through;
- The delicate pink hue to Bermuda’s sand comes from broken shells mixed with pieces of coral and calcium carbonate;
- The Bermuda Triangle falls between Bermuda, Puerto Rico and Florida. While it has become part of popular culture to link the Bermuda Triangle to paranormal activity, most investigations indicate bad weather and human error are the more likely culprits.