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.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.
The Netherlands has less of a dating culture than other countries, for example the US or UK.
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.
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.