The Netherlands

Last updated 22 March 2013 Posted in Europe, Countries

The Netherlands
  • Official country name: The Netherlands
  • Size: 41,543 square kilometre (16,038 square mile)
  • Population: 16,730,632 (2012 est.)
  • Internet TLD: .nl
  • Calling code: +31
  • GDP: 358.916 billion dollars (42,183 dollars per capita)
  • Major import partners: Germany, China, Belgium
  • Major export partners: Germany, Belgium, France
  • Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)

Business skills

Meeting styles

Certain meeting styles aspects in the Netherlands deserve attention, due to specific socio-cultural orientations of the Dutch. Dutch people fore instance express themselves with an honest directness in expressing their opinions. And as all Dutch people fluently speak English, translating businesses seem to have a hard time finding buyers. The style of communicating during a meeting is informal, which means that everyone can express their thoughts and ideas openly. Everyone should take part of a discussion and respect others by listening to them. The so-called Dutch-debate is normal. Dutch don’t perceive of themselves as being rude, it is only a tool to reach directness.

Decision-making in the Netherlands can take quite long time due to the fact that they want to reach consensus (Toivonen, Chernicharo, Andriamasy and Wen, 2012). The fact that many people take part in the decision-making process doesn’t speed things up. If you do reach a consensus, you might have dinner with your Dutch counterparts to celebrate your new and hopefully long-lasting cooperation (Liebing-Verhaaf, 20 March, 2012).