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Europe can be one market that does not mean that you can do business in the same way everywhere. What you help in one country can be a deal-breaker elsewhere.Business Insider has regularly spoken with entrepreneurs active abroad in recent years. And almost always such a conversation was partly about strange habits. When it comes to the history of business organizations then you will be able to have the best options for the same.

Strange perhaps it is in our eyes, but important. Who knows the right manners in a country is much less likely to get a blue.

1) Germany: Wapper with your diplomas

Our language and culture are closely related, yet the differences in manners are great. For example, we do not like titles, but in Germany they are very important again. So you are drs, ir or Msc, put that on your card.

2) Belgium: Without good contact, you have a worthless contract

Germans often find Dutch directness refreshing, but our southern neighbors call it arrogant. In Belgium it is all about first building a good relationship, and that takes time. Do not throw a contract on the table at the first meeting.

3) Great Britain: Do not overestimate your knowledge of English

Dutch people have a much less good command of the English language than they themselves think. Britons are sometimes viewed ambiguously from us. When your English partner calls ‘ Very interesting ‘, he probably does not find your proposal. On the other hand, in our ears very cautious ‘ Not bad ‘ is a sign of great enthusiasm.

4) France: Physical contact is important

If a head of state visits French President Emmanuel Macron, pay attention to his body language. He shakes hands extensively, puts an arm over a shoulder and a woman or a good male knowledge is extensively kissed.

Another thing to keep in mind is that French people are far from punctual, but that they expect you to be on time as a Dutchman.

5) Italy: Do not talk about the Mafia or Berlusconi

Italians can grumble about their own country, but on the other they are often nationalistic too. You as a foreigner should better not start about politics and certainly not about the influence of the Mafia.

6) Ireland: An Irishman is not a Briton

In fact, Irish are easier for Dutch people to do business with than their British neighbors. Irish people are modest and averse to frills and ceremonial. The business culture is quite informal, that brand in you.