Between friends, the Dutch give kisses on the cheek upon greeting and when saying goodbye. While most countries greet each other with two kisses (one on each cheek), the Dutch will go that extra affectionate mile with a third smooch. Here’s how to properly greet any friend in an informal setting:
- Grab their hand, as if you were to shake it.
- Lean into them and quickly read whether to start on the left or right cheek. The usual way is: left-right-left.
- Give them a heartfelt kiss on each cheek, don’t forget to add that special third one!
- Drink beer and eat bitterballen with your newly kissed friends.