From The NETHERLANDS about The UK

“I worked in the Netherlands with teams of mainly Dutch, Germans and English. My English colleagues would sometimes complain that the Germans and Dutch  were “rude” or at least not as polite as they should be. This was probably the result of differences in the use of the English language where the Dutch and Germans are less familiar to make frequent use of “please” and “thank you” but might have been a bit more direct in their communication style which could have been perceived as less polite by the British colleagues.