After the first date, most people would probably expect to go Dutch (and not just in the Netherlands! Last year, a well-known romantic social networking site asked 13,000 members from around the world ‘Would you kiss on a first date?' Over half of the Americans, Australians and Canadians said they would kiss on a first date, while only 29 percent of Germans and 32 percent of French said they would pucker up.The dating game can be hard enough in your home country, and even trickier if you're navigating an international dating scene without knowing how the game is played.Here's a guide to take you through your first Euro date.Whereas in France, if you kiss someone on the lips (or have sex) it means you're ‘in a relationship'. In the UK or US, there's much debate about how long to wait before calling after a first date. Too long and it can seem like they're not really interested.
In the Netherlands you might take a walk or go on a bike ride.But the rule almost everywhere else in Europe is: don't.In most countries, the man may offer to pay the bill but he wouldn't automatically be offended if the woman suggested splitting the bill, or paying for the drinks or some other aspect of the ‘date', such as cinema or theatre tickets.In the US and other English-speaking countries, the kiss just doesn't have the same significance it does elsewhere.For example, in the UK, a woman might kiss one or more men when she's out in a club or bar (or vice versa) but it wouldn't necessarily mean anything or lead to a relationship of any kind.If you like each other, you'll probably find a way to make it work, regardless of any cultural variations.