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.
However, this does not mean that paying for your date is not appreciated – it's your choice.
The value of equality seeps into many interactions in Dutch dating.
Dutch men in general are not renowned for opening doors for Dutch women or taking their heavy bags.
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.
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.It also comes down to the Dutch laid-back attitude, which tends to extend to clothes (and makeup), so you may want to take it down a notch if you're used to getting very gussied up for a date.Don't take it personally if your date shows up in sneakers or arrives at a fancy event in jeans.This has changed the Dutch dating game in some respects as 'first dates' are moving to online dating platforms and social media.However, some facts in the Dutch dating game remain true regardless of where you meet new people in the Netherlands.While Dutch women might like it when men do this, they do not expect it.