To the untrained dater it may appear rude or direct but it is a refreshing scene of playing with your cards on the table.
Being successful in Dutch dating can require a level of assertiveness: if you want something, just do it.
This has changed the Dutch dating game in some respects as 'first dates' are moving to online dating platforms and social media.
While Dutch women might like it when men do this, they do not expect it.
Such actions aren't seen as an affront to ladies but rather as a sign that Dutch men see them as equals – although some might say this is the unfortunate downside of equality when dating a Dutch man. Part of this has to do with the prevalent bike culture – have you tried biking in high heels and a mini skirt, through the rain?
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.
The Netherlands has less of a dating culture than other countries, for example the US or UK.