Dutch dating etiquette
Men need to be prepared to give as good as they get!
Intimacy Generally speaking, Italians are much more touchy-feely, which can cause a headache when it comes to reading the signs.
Gender roles Generally speaking, there is a more defined division of gender roles in Italy, which could cause problems for the first-time Italian dater.
Men might find it baffling that their Italian girlfriend demands he 'look after' her.
According to the Nationaal Trouwonderzoek, the average Dutch wedding costs €15,000.
That is probably the reason the most popular wedding gift is money (and 46% admit to counting it during the wedding night when they should have better things to do.) If you are a foreigner, however, you will need lots more cash and patience to get all your official documents certified as being genuine in your country of origin.7 Wedding proverbs Surprisingly there are not so many sayings involving marriage in Dutch but there are a few: means that one wedding usually augurs another.
Just because your cute Italian friend hugs you and ruffles your hair, it doesn't necessarily mean there is a romantic interest from their part.
You might just be in the dreaded 'friend zone'.
In the Netherlands church weddings have to be preceded by a registry office wedding by law, otherwise you are not married at all.
Whereas some women might view their Italian boyfriend's desire to 'protect his woman' a little chauvinistic.
High maintenance Let's just say that it's no coincidence that the word 'diva' is an Italian word.
The negative side of this is that, while you may also be a genius in the kitchen, your Italian partner might kick you out.
Dutch dates The general convention in Italy is that the guy will pay for your date, so gentlemen should make sure they bring enough money to cover the bill in case she doesn't offer to chip in.
The average age for a man to tie the knot is 37 while women are 34.