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. Learning the basics of Dutch culture can do wonders for your love life – and your Dutch life in general.
The value of equality seeps into many interactions in Dutch dating.
Dutch men in general are not renowned for opening doors for Dutch women or taking their heavy bags.
Either way, be prepared that a date is not always going to be free ride, nor will free drinks in bars be that forthcoming from Dutch men.
However, this does not mean that paying for your date is not appreciated – it's your choice.
15 comments 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.