Dress is somewhat informal in comparison with countries such as the UK or Japan. To some extent, dress code is determined by industrial sector.

The more conservative areas such as banking tend to veer towards suit and tie whilst the newer industries take a more casual approach. Even the sectors with a more casual approach would, however, remain fairly smart.

As with the USA it is always a good idea to check before travelling. As the Netherlands suffers from a fairly heavy average rainfall figure, umbrellas and raincoats are often necessary.

A brief overview of some key concepts to consider when doing business in the Netherlands

Written and Produced by Keith Warburton

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This country profile has been produced to give a short overview of some of the key concepts to bear in mind when doing business with contacts in the Netherlands. It is intended to be an aid to business people who have commercial dealings with counterparties in the country but should not be seen as an exhaustive guide to this topic or as a substitute for more substantial research should there be a need.

With this in mind, we have covered the areas which are key to a better understanding of the cultural mindset underpinning business dealings in the Netherlands and which are, quite often, extremely different from the approach and thought processes associated with business in other parts of the world.

Therefore this briefing note is broken into short, bite-sized sections on the following topics:

  • Background to business
  • Business Structures
  • Management style
  • Meetings
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Women in business
  • Entertaining
  • Top tips