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Ever since moving to Europe three years ago, and particularly since launching this male-objectifying exercise of a blog, I have been repeatedly advised – no, instructed – to go to Scandinavia.I’m talking about friends, coworkers, readers, you name it, all promising me some sort of cathartic experience in the land of herring and Ikea, complete with the discovery of my own 7-foot tall Bjorn Ironside with superpowers in the sack. To be frank, I went at a time that I’m sufficiently satisfied with my love life (blame it on the new moon), hence this was more explorative research than Viking-hunting mission.Maybe suggest cooking a meal together or going ice skating. But Swedes are huge fans of the awkward hug, where you lean in and wrap your arms around each other and then separate again.Dinner and movie won't come until much later - but even then, call it dinner and a movie, not 'date'. Start and end with a hug Many cultures greet with a kiss of some manner, perhaps a kiss on the cheek. Each fika 'date' and activity should start and end with a hug. Be prepared to pay Those cups of coffee and cinnamon buns sure to add up, we know. But hey, at least you only have to pay for your own! And guys, feel free to be gentlemanly and offer to pay for the girl - but if she says ' No thanks', she really means it. To Swedes there is absolutely no reason why one person should pay more than the other - so always be prepared to split the bill. It's always exclusive Okay, this may seem odd since Swedes don't really 'date', they only meet up for fika and activities. In the last three weeks, I’ve traveled to the US and back, then set off for yet another long weekend in Dresden. Ahh yes, I thought to myself, this will be that whole ‘women make the move thing.’ Here I go then… ” Boy, is it good to be filling out this little Word Press window.
So today, I am just popping in to introduce a fellow, expat blogger and exceptional story-teller Claire from The Grass is Dancing. earlier, Claire lives in Sweden and is here today to tell the tales of life as an expat dating in Sweden. Twenty minutes later, I was still being a wuss of enormous proportions when my friends started making noises about moving on to another bar. You've learned the language basics, you're always on time, and you remember to take off your shoes. Here it is, what you've all been waiting for - an introduction to dating in Sweden. Each and every person is unique of course, but if you're hoping to sneak onto the Swedish dating scene, there are some basic guidelines you should follow. Girls, if you're waiting around for that hot guy from class to ask you out, chances are that he won't. For those from more outspoken, talkative cultures, Swedes may be a mystery. Make a move The first step of Swedish dating is don't be shy.And yet, my loyal Honeymoon Wife* and I gave it a fair shot, visiting both Denmark and Sweden, following all the recommendations we were given, and never returning home before 4am.Century, he would agree that when good hipsters die, they go to Copenhagen.
It’s not as easy as going up to someone and offer them a drink or ask them to dance.