- Compared to most cultures, the Dutch are reserved in public and do not often touch each other or display anger or extreme exuberance.
- The Dutch expect eye contact while speaking with someone. Looking away or staring at the ground is considered impolite and may be perceived as disinterest or lying.
- The Dutch tend to be reserved in using hand gestures. However, having your hands in pockets or arms crossed might be interpreted as a sign of disinterest.
- The crazy sign is made by tapping the centre of your forehead with your index finger. This gesture is considered rude.
- NB the sign indicating someone is smart or intelligent is made by tapping the area around temporal bone (just above the ear) with the index finger.
- NB the crazy sign can also be made by twisting your index finger around the temporal bone. However, there is a slight distinction: This particular gesture indicates insanity, whereas tapping the forehead usually indicates stupidity.
- Winking at strangers will generally be perceived as a sexual advance and is unlikely to be appreciated.
- Using the middle finger for pointing something out (like on a map) is not considered rude, but it does draw attention.
- When yawning, coughing or sneezing, the mouth should be covered with a flat hand or fist.
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