Unless you're going to be doing something sporty, dress up a little.
If you're interested in someone, maintain eye contact – if you aren't, don't.
If you say ‘no' to an invitation, he may well think you're playing hard to get and will probably persist.
Whereas in France, if you kiss someone on the lips (or have sex) it means you're ‘in a relationship'. In the UK or US, there's much debate about how long to wait before calling after a first date. Too long and it can seem like they're not really interested.
In Europe, once a man gets your number he will most likely call straight away, rather than wait a few days.
If you like each other, you'll probably find a way to make it work, regardless of any cultural variations.
But knowing some of the cultural differences – who makes the first move, kissing on a first date, how soon to call after a date – may help you avoid awkward situations, or at least stop you from getting hurt or hurting someone else unintentionally.To gather real accounts of the European dating scene, last year we asked around 500 (mostly, but not exclusively, heterosexual) expats living in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, and Switzerland a series of up-close and personal questions about themselves, their relationships and their sex lives.Of course, every relationship is different and how yours develops will depend on who you both are and the chemistry between you.In Germany and Switzerland, however, punctuality is highly valued so if one of you rolls up late, your date will be off to a bad start.French and Spanish men may seem a little OTT, showering a woman with compliments. It doesn't mean he's (necessarily) a creep, as paying a compliment is a form of acknowledgement rather than flattery in those countries.A French man or Spaniard might tell you he loves you after only a few weeks but don't panic: It usually just means ‘I really like you'.