There are individualistic societies, and there are societies referring to collectivism. They both function well and have their advantages. The only thing which matters is what suits personally you best. Coming from the southern Russia, I feel more comfortable in collectivist society, like Portuguese.
What is so special about it?
This is probably the most important thing for me – Portuguese people do care. It starts from small things. For instance, when I was buying a sun protection cream, the shop assistant told me that the one I have chosen is not strong enough. My skin was pale, and I needed a stronger one. So, he just brought a better cream for me.
Once, I had a terrible flu, and a waiter in the restaurant made a the tea for me. It is a small nice thing to experience because I didn’t ask for it. And it was not included in the bill.
There is a constant support from strangers, and if you have Portuguese friends, then you are absolutely protected and cared. No matter what might happen, you are sure that they will be by your side.
Portuguese people do small talk! I absolutely love this habit. I think it is so nice, and it is a necessary part of human interaction.
The other thing – Portuguese culture is very traditional and old fashioned. Some people may consider it rather a negative issue, but not me. Portugal is the country where friendship and family still matter a lot. After living almost 8 years in Nordic Europe, I do see the difference.
Portuguese people have a big heart and warm soul. Portugal has a rich culture, but first of all, the country is rich in great people ❤