Good manners and presentation are also key when looking to impress someone, especially when dining.

With access to an array of top Belgian foods and gourmet restaurants, an inner foodie hides in every Belgian; cooking skills, appreciation of fine food and proper table manners are great starting points to impress your date.

On the other hand, a Belgian won't mess around with 'dating standards' if they are interested – there's no taboo around contacting someone straight away, calling each other boyfriend and girlfriend after one date or being invited to join them at a wedding. Yet Belgians are not renown for being overly passionate or touchy-feely, although they make up for it by generally being hard-working and stolid in nature.

Belgians tend to be formal and closed when meeting people for the first time, and relationships can take a long time to develop; it's not common to discuss personal matters, or at least at the beginning of your acquaintance.

However, once all the aspects of your potential partnership (or even friendship) have been considered and approved, Belgians who enter a relationship are serious and thereafter comfortable with opening up.

Unlike in some countries, Belgium does not have a homogeneous culture.

The country is divided into three language regions, where they speak Flemish/Dutch, French and Germany.

Introductions with strangers tend to be a handshake and formal language, while acquaintances will go for cheek kisses.

Conversations are generally soft-spoken and calm, and many online forums talk about the 'gentle' nature of Belgian people.

What might be considered romantic, polite or respectful back home, might not be well received when dating in Belgium.

You may notice differences between Belgium's three language communities, and as you wouldn't stereotype your own dating traits, nor is it possible to stereotype Belgian dating traits.

But there are some general tips about dating a Belgian man or dating Belgian women that can help you avoid making a Belgian dating blunder.

Belgians are known for being reserved and conservative, which can at first make them appear distant, unemotional or, sometimes mistakenly, disinterested.

With Belgium's long history of immigration, there is no typical stereotype of what Belgian women or Belgian men look like.