To the untrained dater it may appear rude or direct but it is a refreshing scene of playing with your cards on the table.
Forget the sugar-coating – being down-to-earth and direct will earn a lot more points with a Dutch man or Dutch girls. Friends also usually kiss three times on the cheek in greeting; some strangers may kiss when being introduced to someone through a common friend, although a handshake is more common. It is not uncommon to split the bill on the first date – right down to the last cent's worth of what you ate – regardless of whether your're dating a Dutch man or woman.
While neither Dutch women nor Dutch men are renowned for being touchy on a first date, direct eye contact is the norm so don't be put off if someone is staring your way. This shouldn't come as a surprise considering you are in the country that gave name to the phrase 'going Dutch' (splitting a bill).
Making new Dutch friends or partners may be difficult at first but once break through, you'll find that Dutch girls and men can make very loyal friends or partners for life. It's important to be aware of the impact of cultural differences on your relationship.
Misunderstandings can easily arise when dating someone new, especially if your different upbringing means that you often take very different things for granted.
What is the Dutch men dating culture or how should you approach Dutch women?
Here are 10 things you should you know about Dutch women and Dutch men before entering the Dutch dating game.
Playing hard-to-get and silly games have little value in the Netherlands but confidence and being to-the-point rank high.
Of course, you might get a flat-out rejection but you won't waste your time where it's not appreciated.
While many foreigners initially find dating in the Netherlands daunting or inaccessible, understanding Dutch personality traits and mentality can help reduce miscommunicating the ‘flirting' signals as practised by Dutch women and Dutch men.
Of course, similar to elsewhere, online dating in the Netherlands is increasingly becoming the norm as taboos are shed, particularly among older daters.
It's unnerving approaching a group of Dutch men or Dutch women to strike up a conversation with someone you have your eye on – but such is the dating scene in the Netherlands.