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Nonverbal Communication in the Netherlands

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Katherine Box

on 31 March 2015

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Transcript of Nonverbal Communication in the Netherlands

The Netherlands
It is considered rude to tap your forehead with your index finger because it is an obscene sign for "crazy."
Nonverbal Communication in the Netherlands
General Population: 16.8 Million People
Language: Dutch
Capital: Amsterdam
Currency: Euro
Being on time indicates proper planning
Punctuality is important for meetings
Eye Contact
Steady but not intense eye contact is expected while speaking.
To greet family, friends, and acquaintances it is expected that you kiss them three times on the cheek for hello and goodbye.
It is not proper to touch someone, other than a handshake, unless you know them well.
Facial Expression
When walking around it is not customary to smile and acknowledge people unless you know them.
Sticking your hands in your pockets or crossing your arms signals disinterest.
Talking with your hands too much is also considered impolite.
In business and formal situations you shake hands with everyone present and rise when new people arrive.
Space Between Different Genders
Space in Society
by Katherine Box
When visiting someone's house it is considered rude not to bring a gift.
Popular gifts include flowers and/or chocolate.
Intense eye contact is considered rude and intimidating.
The Dutch are very straightforward and tend not to use sarcasm often.
The Dutch love their soccer team which came in third in the 2014 World Cup and second in 2010.
Tapping one's temple means "smart"
Swiveling one's hand upright aside the face with the palm towards one's cheek means "delicious"
Gesture (continued)
Respect for your superiors is important and can be shown by giving them ample personal space.
Depending on the family, some children have to sit separate from their parents at dinner.
There are not many explicit space boundaries between genders.
It is not acceptable to enter someone's house unless you are personally invited.
The Dutch are traditionally loud people but it is considered rude to yell.
A "t" in American Sign Language is the equivalent to flipping someone off in the U.S. and is considered highly offensive.
Gesture (continued)
People don't traditionally hug each other.
The Dutch typically don't show their emotions to strangers.
The "intimate zone" is 50 cm (20 inches) from another person.
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