Dating rules are constantly evolving – and often differ between cultures.
But, fortunately, new research has revealed the most appropriate ways to behave according to your geographical location.
Covering 11 different countries around the world, travel experts have detailed the places where you’ll need to split the bill, kiss on both cheeks and order a full bottle of wine for maximum success.
L’amour: In France it’s generally expected that you’ll avoid discussing ex-partners, but feel free to playfully debate money, politics and religion
The study was conducted by language-learning app Babbel and offers fresh guidance for romance-seekers.
So what are the rules? Here are the answers determined by country.
Be it Paris, Nice or Marseilles, romance in France has certain expectations.
Firstly, it’s good manners to kiss your potential suitor on both cheeks, going from left-side to right. Do this instead of hugging.
Then, while wooing over dinner, it’s generally expected that you’ll avoid discussing ex-partners, but feel free to playfully debate money, politics and religion.
Oh, and when you’re done, split the bill.
In Poland, most people embrace each other with a hug – so no need to navigate any awkward cheek-kissing.
Opt for a glass of wine, rather than a bottle, and be sure to pay equal halves.
Acceptable topics of conversation can vary depending on who you’re with, so play this one by ear.
Good manners: The initiator should accompany the invited person home or make sure they get home safely by ordering a taxi
Here, whoever initiated the date usually pays for it – regardless of gender.
During this time, both parties can discuss anything that interests them as there are no frowned-upon subject matters.
That said, the initiator should accompany the invited person home or make sure they get home safely by ordering a taxi.
It’s considered Europe’s most passionate place, but Italians also follow certain rules for romance-hunting.
These include no talking about your ex-partners, but it’s also advisable to steer clear about discussing health-related issues.
In terms of where you go on your date, that’s pretty casual and can be decided on a whim.
Here, three cheek-bump-kisses are expected if you’ve met the person before.
However, if you’re meeting a stranger, then it could be any greeting ranging from a ‘hoi’ (hi), an awkward hug or the three kisses.
Again, they don’t like talk of ex partners, and they tend to split the cost of the date.
Relaxed: Although the Aussies produce some impressive wine, it’s perfectly acceptable to order beers on your first date
Given that Australia is partly defined by its wide open spaces, it’s perhaps not surprising that most dates happen outside of busy bars and restaurants.
So, feel free to suggest an alfresco experience such as a parkland walk or sunshine stroll.
And, although the Aussies produce some impressive wine, it’s perfectly acceptable to order beers on your first date – then split the resulting bill 50/50.
Here, old-fashioned manners rule on a meet-up. Specifically, men are expected to pick-up the tab no matter what.
Ironically, when it comes to conversation, there’s only one real taboo: money.
Preferred greetings also vary depending on region. In Rio, you kiss twice. In general, always kiss and never go for the handshake as this would be considered rude.
Given its relative proximity to Italy, it’s perhaps not surprising that Germans have similar boundaries for dates.
This means you’ll need to avoid discussing ex-partners, money, politics, health and religion until things get more familiar.
Fortunately, you can drink as much as you like and meet anywhere you fancy.
Careful! Spanish suitors will be unimpressed if you mention your finances, faith or political allegiance, so try to avoid…
Unlike their French counterparts, the Spanish prefer a single kiss on the cheek.
They’ll also be potentially unimpressed if you mention your finances, faith or political allegiance, so try to avoid.
That said, ordering a full bottle of wine (rather than a glass) is preferred and ‘going dutch’ is preferred.
Here, it’s not common to go to a restaurant for a first date. Instead, you would invite them for a coffee or a beer first.
Once there, the only thing to avoid is discussing your previous romances, which most consider bad manners.
Oh, and because they’re obsessed with equal outcome, it’s politically correct to divide the bill equally.
You probably wouldn’t go for dinner on the first date in Norway.
A verbal greeting is preferred if you haven’t met the person before, otherwise go in for a brief hug.
Opt for a glass of wine, rather than a bottle, and always offer to split the bill evenly.