This has changed the Dutch dating game in some respects as 'first dates' are moving to online dating platforms and social media.
The Dutch love efficiency and leading someone on can be a waste of everybody's time.
You can find that both Dutch men and women cut out flirting and small-talk in favour of simply stating one's desire or intentions.
Some report the Dutch avoid making ‘real' connections with foreigners, making it difficult to get past the first Dutch dating hurdle and settle down.
You might find it less common to 'label' a relationship or have a talk about the direction of your love affair, even after several months of meeting.
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.Try to be patient, relax and don't expect your Dutch man or woman to act exactly like people back home.While expat forums can provide some helpful advice, their dating threads are often the setting for uninhibited (and often unrepresentative) venting: "Dutch women here are rude, arrogant and unfriendly." "The only thing Dutch men have really taken to heart is 'going Dutch'." Resist the temptation and look for more balanced advice elsewhere.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.To the untrained dater it may appear rude or direct but it is a refreshing scene of playing with your cards on the table.