A man cycling in Amsterdam
Never Ask This Common Question When Visiting The Netherlands
By Jenna Busch


If you're visiting the Netherlands, avoid asking the local people what they do for a living or other questions that reference a class system or hierarchy, money, or assets.
While Dutch culture values straightforwardness and pragmatism, they generally view such personal questions as intrusive, especially when meeting someone for the first time.
Instead, engage in conversation with neutral topics such as the weather, sports, beautiful sights you've seen on the trip, or by seeking restaurant recommendations.
Being punctual, greeting people with a handshake, introducing yourself with your full name, and looking people in the eye during communication are also considered good practices.