- Dating expert Michael Krayenhoff has spent years observing the dating habits of couples - and romantic hopefuls - from all around the world
- He says knowing the local etiquette can make it easier to find a match
- Michael says the French will always say whether they're interested
- While the Finns are unlikely to say 'I love you' until their wedding day
Dating can be fraught with difficulties - what to wear? One kiss or two? And most importantly, how to split the bill?
Add to that the stress of different cultures and traditions, and you're left with something of a romantic minefield.
If you're visiting a different city for the first time, or perhaps you've relocated to a new country, it may be worth familiarising yourself with local dating etiquette.
From double-dating to buying drinks, saying 'I love you' and that all-important engagement ring, The Inner Circle's Michael Krayenhoff has penned a guide to dating around the world
Luckily, help is on hand as FEMAIL has spoken to Michael Krayenhoff, co-founder of selective dating site The Inner Circle, to help you decipher the language of love - wherever you are in the world.
'Dating can be daunting at the best of times, let alone in a new and foreign city with language and cultural barriers,' Michael explains.
From double-dating to buying drinks, saying 'I love you' and that all-important engagement ring, here's your guide to dating around the world.
'Dating in Spain can be as confusing as in Britain,' says Michael. 'Games of refusal and pursuit often drive couples together - in contrast to other European countries where a straightforward dating approach is usually preferred.
'If someone likes you, you will know about it': Michael says the French are more direct when it comes to their approach to dating, and will tell you what their intentions are
'Therefore, if you enjoy the chase and playing games but want a more exotic scene than London then this is the city for you.'
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
'If you are bored of playing dating games then this is the city for you! The Dutch tend to be straightforward in their approach to dating with personal questions and bold opinions featuring heavily on first meetings.
'They have no time for playing hard-to-get and instead get right to the point in what they are looking for and whether you are right for them or not - ruthless but efficient!
'If you are fed up with dating and are ready for the next step but haven’t found the right person yet then China may be the place for you.
Michael Krayenhoff is co-founder of selective dating site The Inner Circle
'The Chinese people tend to get married a lot sooner than others, with most couples rarely reaching more than two dates before they take the relationship onto the next step.'
'The laid-back, chilled lifestyle often associated with Scandinavians is ever-present in the Finish approach to dating. Not one for intense relationships, Finns joke that they say the dreaded seven-letters, three-word "I love you" only twice in their life – on their wedding day and on their deathbed.
'That’s right, no need to frantically worry about when is a suitable time to admit your adoration for one another – just wait for your big day!
'Finns also like to remain social whilst dating and tend to do so in large groups. As many as 30 people may attend a movie together on a group date. Therefore, if you are looking for a more relaxed dating scene then look no further.'
'Dating in France is not for the fainthearted. Similarly to the Dutch, the French enjoy getting straight to the point in stating their interest and disinterest in potential partners.
'There is no room for subtlety or beating around the bush across the channel; if someone likes you, you will know about it.
'Unfortunately if they aren’t too keen on you, it won’t be much of a secret either. On the plus side, it saves any future heartbreak!'
'Everyone loves a double date, right? Well the Japanese certainly do! Out of respect for their women, double dates are customary in Japan.
The ultimate double date: Michael says the Finns 'like to remain social whilst dating and tend to do so in large groups. As many as 30 people may attend a movie together on a group date'
'In general double dates give less space for awkward silences and are often a chance to get to know more than one new person at a time. Thus Japan could be the perfect place for those anxious about dating one-on-one straight away.'
'If you are lucky enough to find someone in Italy’s fashion capital, then you may not be back on the dating scene again for a while as 70 per cent of prospective couples in Milan end up marrying and raising children together.
'However, women take note, a traditional Italian gentleman is not what you might expect; in the most old-fashioned parts of Italy, "ladies first" is not a familiar term as it is courteous for the man to walk through an opened door first.
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