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4.4 Uncertainty avoidance index

Uncertainty-avoiding cultures try to minimise the chance for new, surprising and different situations. They like to have laws and rules and rely on safety and security measures. They are more likely to believe in a religious truth. In countries with a low uncertainty avoidance, society is more tolerant of ambiguity and the search for truth. People are more likely to be programmed to feel at ease in uncertain situations.

A high score on the Hofstede index indicates a society where people avoid unpredictable events.

An image of the backs of five people standing in a desert.
Figure 6 Uncertainty avoidance