The Culture Compass™ was developed by itim International in collaboration with The hofstede centre, itim international’s certifying partner. The purpose of the survey is to make you aware of potential cultural pitfalls and to increase your effectiveness in dealing with those being born and raised in your country of interest. Since you as a person probably differ from the average score of your home country, this survey will measure your personal score on Hofstede’s model in order to give advice as accurately as possible. Your personal score will be compared to the score of your country of interest.

You will receive a report containing

  • Personal recommendations based on your answers and the nature of your visit (are you a subordinate/colleague/superior/negotiator/person transferring know-how/long term visitor or exchange student) in comparison to the culture of your country of interest
  • Your own score on Hofstede’s 6-D Model, compared to the scores of your country of interest and your home country
  • Scores of the 5 countries scoring most similar to you
  • Scores of the 3 countries scoring most different to you

Note that this is not a scientifically validated test. Culture cannot be measured on individual level as culture is a group phenomenon. Nevertheless, the report can give you useful hints of what kind of pitfalls you may expect in your country of interest. By taking this survey, you herewith acknowledge and accept these limitations.

The survey consists of 42 pairs of statements. It takes about 15 minutes to answer all questions.

Start by filling in the following details:


You will get customized recommendations based on this selection
If you were born in one country and raised in another or if you were raised in different countries, please choose the country or culture that has had the biggest impact on you.