- Direct Communication: Dutch communication styles are frank and direct; they often speak the truth and arrive straight to the point without using as much tact as Australians to cushion their words. This approach can feel blunt and rude to a non-Dutch person, but directness is both appreciated and expected in their culture.
- Language: The Dutch generally avoid using superlatives to describe things. Instead, they tend to tone down their compliments. For example, something that is great is “not bad”.
- Humour: Dutch humour can be quite slapstick but is generally nuanced and subtle.
- Personal Space: The Dutch tend to value their personal space a lot and do not appreciate it being invaded by others. They may have their furniture arranged in a way that puts more distance between people in a room. Avoid moving your chair closer if this is the case.
- Physical Contact: The Dutch are generally less tactile and only tend to hug and touch people they know very well. That being said, it is more common for couples to display affection in public.
- Body Language: Dutch people rely heavily on words and generally make less use of body language to emphasise a point in communication.
- Punctuality: The Dutch are very punctual people and therefore view those who are late as unreliable.
- Gestures: Putting your index finger to the temple of your head is considered an insult as it indicates that the person you are talking about is crazy.