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.
This country-specific business culture profile was written by Keith Warburton who is the founder of the cultural awareness training consultancy Global Business Culture.
Global Business culture is a leading training provider in the fields of cross-cultural communication and global virtual team working. We provide training to global corporations in live classroom-based formats, through webinars and also through our cultural awareness digital learning hub, Global Business Compass.
This World Business Culture profile is designed as an introduction to business culture in The Netherlands only and a more detailed understanding needs a more in-depth exploration which we can provide through our training and consultancy services.
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