S: Allison Lands Global Business Etiquette
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FC: THE NETHERLANDS
1: I selected the Netherlands, because it is a beautiful place | Why I selected this country
2: Location: Western Europe, bordering Belgium 450 km, Germany 577 km Capital: Amsterdam
3: FACTS AND STATISTICS
5: Population: 16,318,199 Ethnic Make-up: Dutch, other 17% (of which 9% are non-Western origin mainly Turks, Moroccans, Antilleans, Surinamese and Indonesians) Religions: Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Muslim.
6: LANGUAGE, CULTURE, AND SOCIETY | THE LANGUAGE HERE IS DUTCH
7: THE FAMILIES ARE SMALL. THEY ARE RESERVED< AND PRIVATE PEOPLE.
8: 1. The Handshake is the most common form of greeting. 2. Only use first names with friends and family. 3. Most food is eaten with utensils, including sandwiches. 4. Flowers should be given in odd numbers, but not 13, which is unlucky. 5. Finish everything on your plate. It is offensive to waste food in the Netherlands. | Etiquette and Customs
10: ETIQUETTE AND CUSTOMS | The Dutch are direct in communication. They may sound blunt if you come from a place where communication is more indirect. They do not use hyperbole, and they expect to be told yes or no in clear words.
11: Do not try to schedule meetings during the summer (June through August), this is a vacation period. Punctuality for meetings is taken extremely seriously. Being late may mark you as untrustworthy and someone who may not meet deadlines.
12: Amsterdam Ferry Hit by Freight Ship Capsizes | Conman lives out fantasy lifestyle | The Netherlands' secret pastime: Bike theft | NETHERLANDS: IN THE NEWS