Dutch dating link
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.
Foreigners sometimes feel isolated by the mass social gatherings when going out, but unless you see another way in, you’ll just have to brave it and charge – and accept the possible public rejection, or possibly even a group first date.
There are less ‘rules’ about when to call back, kiss or spend the night, and actions are based more on instinct rather than an unwritten play book.
Similarly, in the Netherlands compliments are not given nor received easily, and outlandish compliments can be perceived as fake by the Dutch.
Relying on the Dutch penchant for modesty and honesty, your compliments should be the same.
Both Dutch women and Dutch men are renowned for being straight-forward in conversation, and little social negativity is attached to asking personal questions or openly stating one’s unsolicited opinion in the Netherlands.
The Dutch tend to believe it is better to be honest than mislead someone.