Country : The Netherlands
Calling code: +31
Area: 41.543 km²
Population: 17.02 Million
Density: 409 people / per km²
1. Are there typical greeting rituals?
Business / not familiar people: Shake hands with everyone present (men, women). Shake hands again when leaving. Introduce yourself if no one is present to introduce you. The Dutch consider it rude not to identify yourself.
Social / good friends: man vs women 3 kisses on the cheek, women vs women 3 kisses on the cheek, man vs man handshake, hugs, or fist bumps.
2. What business rules are to be followed?
The Dutch are creative, open minded and pragmatic. They are also rather direct, honest and open in their dealings with others. The Dutch are known for their tolerant attitudes.
The Dutch tend to get right down to business.
In first meetings, there is a brief business introduction of the people present.
Business negotiations proceed at a rapid pace.
Exchange business cards at start of the meeting.