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Are you curious about other cultures? How do you learn about what other cultures value? Hofstede Insights’ interactive Compare Countries tool is a fascinating way to begin to improve your cultural competence.

Here’s how to use this tool:

  1. Go to the Compare Countries tool page.
  2. Type your country of origin.
  3. Next to your country of origin, type a country you’d like to know more about. I chose India in the example below:

Comparing 2 countries

Source: Screen capture of Compare Countries tool in action at Hofstede Insights

The two countries are compared according to six categories, or “cultural dimensions.” You’ll see the labels for the cultural dimensions at the bottom of the bar chart. To learn what each cultural dimension means for the two countries you are comparing, click on the Read More About Chosen Countries button.

You can even compare more than two countries:

Comparing 3 countries

Source: Screen capture of Compare Countries tool in action at Hofstede Insights

What are the pros and cons of this tool? Do you see applications for this tool in your work? Tell us at @QueensPros.

If you are an educational administrator and you’re looking to build your cultural competence, explore the online Certificate for International Education Professionals at Professional Studies, Queen’s University.