In our two offices in Berlin and Amsterdam, we have guys from all over the world, giving us a glimpse into how gay men from different countries like to date. Ever wanted to impress a guy from Germany? They can be very forward and straight to the point.
I think the Dutch complain a lot but they also pay attention to you, and look further than just your appearance. We have a distance at the beginning and we can act a bit reserved and cold but Israelis are complete fools for love.
We believe mostly in monogamy and marriage. Manners are not part of our culture. All these American movies have had an influence on Israeli men. We also love sports so if you could incorporate that within a date that would be good. Israelis are fun, easygoing and loyal. Usually northern guys are more reserved and southern guys are more outgoing. For a first date, it depends on the season, but generally a comfy neighbourhood bar or pub where you can eat, drink and talk is a good choice.
Talk about travel and what you like about Germany or why you went there. You have to learn to deal with the discrepancy between what people say and what they do. Most people say they like poetry and cinema but they rarely say they like to get fucked.
Meet a guy in a public space instead. Brazilians appreciate someone who can have a good time and who is light-hearted and humorous. The idea of being sensible and responsible will bore them very easily. You will be able to infer that by their car and clothing anyway. Mediterranean, American and Australian guys in particular are very popular. British guys can be reserved and hard to read. Politics is OK, but only if you have similar beliefs.
A good sense of humour is the most important thing. They like manly, down-to-earth people. Austrians are beer drinkers. Americans like people who smile and who can at least have a conversation, because they like to date the old-fashioned way as well as have sex dates.
Music is a good conversation starter but talking about your problems is a turn-off, and so is boasting about your successes.
It helps if you know how to wear a pair of jeans. Flexibility is important — be able to dress up and down. In the north, where I went to school, people are a lot more traditional and they have a tendency to wear more suits and shirts, more formal clothing.
In the southern states, they have a more laid-back way of dressing. Make sure you get their attention, but be subtle, do it in a flirty way rather than being too obvious because that will turn them off. Belgian guys may seem reserved but they are not afraid to share their opinions, even on a date.
They can be shy, but are very openminded, especially when it comes to sex. We have a more French style of dining and drink wine at lunch.