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-It is customary to shake hands.

-English is spoken as a second language by many and is willingly used; many Dutch people will also speak German and French.

-Hospitality is very much the same as for the rest of Europe and the USA.

-It is customary to take a small gift if invited for a meal.

-Casual wear is widely acceptable. Men are expected to wear a suit for business and social functions. Formal wear may be required for smart restaurants, bars and clubs. Evening dress (black tie for men) is generally specified on invitation.

-Tipping: all hotels and restaurants include 15 per cent service and VAT. It is customary to leave small change when paying a bill. &Euro;0,5-1,00 is usual for porters, doormen and taxi drivers. Hairdressers and barbers have inclusive service prices.

-Always keep your travel documents in a safe place

-Do not carry large amounts of cash.

-Do get a Netherlands cell phone rental so you can stay in touch and coveniently get important information during your stay.

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