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It also comes down to the Dutch laid-back attitude, which tends to extend to clothes (and makeup), so you may want to take it down a notch if you’re used to getting very gussied up for a date.

Don’t take it personally if your date shows up in sneakers or arrives at a fancy event in jeans.

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.

Playing hard-to-get and silly games have little value in the Netherlands but confidence and being to-the-point rank high.

Here are 10 things you should you know about Dutch women and Dutch men before entering the Dutch dating game.

While Dutch women might like it when men do this, they do not expect it.

Such actions aren’t seen as an affront to ladies but rather as a sign that Dutch men see them as equals – although some might say this is the unfortunate downside of equality when dating a Dutch man.

Reaching a serious relationship level can take time in the Netherlands because the Dutch can be cautious with letting newcomers in, whether it’s a friendship or partnership – this is not necessarily personal as much as it is part of common Dutch personality traits.

But it’s not impossible – many foreigners report happy relationships and marriages with Dutch nationals.

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