If you like each other, you'll probably find a way to make it work, regardless of any cultural variations.But knowing some of the cultural differences – who makes the first move, kissing on a first date, how soon to call after a date – may help you avoid awkward situations, or at least stop you from getting hurt or hurting someone else unintentionally.Everything is homemade and fresh, with an emphasis on sustainable sources.
To gather real accounts of the European dating scene, last year we asked around 500 (mostly, but not exclusively, heterosexual) expats living in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, and Switzerland a series of up-close and personal questions about themselves, their relationships and their sex lives.
Of course, every relationship is different and how yours develops will depend on who you both are and the chemistry between you.
But the rule almost everywhere else in Europe is: don't. In most countries, the man may offer to pay the bill but he wouldn't automatically be offended if the woman suggested splitting the bill, or paying for the drinks or some other aspect of the ‘date', such as cinema or theatre tickets. Last year, a well-known romantic social networking site asked 13,000 members from around the world ‘Would you kiss on a first date?
After the first date, most people would probably expect to go Dutch (and not just in the Netherlands! ' Over half of the Americans, Australians and Canadians said they would kiss on a first date, while only 29 percent of Germans and 32 percent of French said they would pucker up.
In the US and other English-speaking countries, the kiss just doesn't have the same significance it does elsewhere.