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Cold Climate Cultures vs. Hot Climate Cultures

Sarah H. Lanier, in her book Foreign to Familiar, argues that at the most basic level the world can be divided into Cold Climate Cultures and Hot Climate Cultures. Cold Climate Cultures are usually characterised in the following way:

  • Cold Climate Culture: urban areas (Northern US, Western, Australia) 
  • Task oriented (efficiency and time are high priorities) 
  • Direct communication; individualism (one must know how to make one’s own decisions) 
  • Privacy (people enjoy having time and space to themselves) 
  • Hospitality is taken very seriously and is planned for 
  • Structured and planned approach to life