“Although the Dutch are the tallest nation in the world, they do not like tall tales; insincerity is not something that is accepted”
Our native Dutch man, Ed van den Berg shares some straight-talking tips on how to do business in the Netherlands. If you are collecting any international debt in the Netherlands, then you’ll need to understand how to go Dutch and speak their language. Here are some of Ed’s insider tips!
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- The Dutch are very direct (to the point that they may seem rude to a British person) and they also appreciate direct responses.
- Part of the Dutch psyche is an urge to reach compromises (as reflected in their multi party political system).
- The Dutch have an aversion to the non-essential (no BS!). Insincerity is not something that is accepted.
- A person who never offers criticism is either being simple-minded or failing to tell the truth.
- A foreigner need not worry too much about saying something that will hurt feelings. The Dutch will argue, but seldom take offence.
- The Dutch avoid superlatives. Compliments are offered sparingly, and to say that something is ‘not bad’ is to praise it.