This has changed the Dutch dating game in some respects as 'first dates' are moved to online dating platforms and social media.
However, some facts in the Dutch dating game remain true regardless of where you meet new people.
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.
Playing hard-to-get and silly games have little value in the Netherlands but confidence and being to-the-point rank high.
You can find that flirting and small-talk are sometimes dispensed in favour of simply stating one's desire or intentions.
The Dutch tend to believe it is better to be honest than mislead someone.
To the untrained dater it may appear rude or direct but it is a refreshing scene of playing with your cards on the table.
13 comments While many foreigners initially find dating in the Netherlands daunting or inaccessible, understanding Dutch mentality can help reduce miscommunicating the ‘flirting' signals as practised in the Netherlands.
Of course, similar to elsewhere, online dating in the Netherlands is increasingly becoming the norm as taboos are shed, particularly among older daters.