Austrian men dating style

In most European countries, rather than going on specific ‘dates' as you might in the US, getting to know someone romantically is far more casual: "Walks in the afternoon/evening which may be followed by an informal drink at a café or a bite to eat at lunchtime", or "meeting up in a group with friends" is not uncommon, says some European expats.

In the Netherlands you might take a walk or go on a bike ride.

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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.

In Germany, couples don't start with formal dating either and it's only after a series of informal meetings – walks, dinner, cinema, theatre – that they might start being seen as a ‘couple'.

It's also common for couples to keep the fact that they're an item to themselves.

In places like the Netherlands and Germany, people can be very direct in the way they speak (rather than being over polite and saying things ‘to be nice' that they don't mean to avoid hurting someone's feelings – as is often the way in the UK).

So what you say may be taken at face value – and you shouldn't always take to heart what's said to you. In the UK, drinking a vast amount of alcohol can be central in beginning a sexual relationship with someone.

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 Europe, once a man gets your number he will most likely call straight away, rather than wait a few days.

A French man or Spaniard might tell you he loves you after only a few weeks but don't panic: It usually just means ‘I really like you'.

Women can say it back to a man with the same meaning – it doesn't mean you should be moving in together or planning a wedding any time soon.

If you really aren't interested, then be very clear and tell him politely but firmly (the hints that might work back home, won't work here).

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