Foreign visitors should definitely take into account local rules of conduct and rules of etiquette, as it will make your stay in the city even more comfortable. Those coming to Utrecht on business matters have to consider the serious and pragmatic attitude of their business partners. Greet each other with handshaking; while getting acquainted call not only name yourself, but also the position held. The pragmatic culture of citizens is manifested in rapid switch to business issues; distraction is simply not accepted. Be ready for the fact that after meeting business partners would call their foreign guest exclusively by name or second name, which is also an important national feature.
Going to visit a new acquaintance, you should definitely take some small gifts with you. A perfect gift would be a bouquet of flowers or a box of chocolates, but most of locals like to receive gifts, which they can’t get in their country. If the gift was packed, it has to be unpacked immediately, as guests will certainly want to see what is hidden behind the mysterious wrapping. It’s also worth considering that according to local rules of etiquette it is inappropriate to give a gift back immediately.
Local people are open and friendly, but they clearly differentiate questions relating to your personal life and work. It’s not accepted to talk about personal matters, as well as express your emotions in public. It is impolite to ask a new acquaintance questions related to his income and other personal items; there’re no other taboos in dealing with natives.