We may not have good words for ‘dating’ but we certainly have a great word for that spouse-without-a-wedding-ring we have back home: “samboer.” Which means “together-liver.” And yes, that word works better in Scandinavian.
🙂 If you live with someone in Scandinavia, and especially if you have kids, you are as good as any married couple would be in your country.
It is said that Danes don’t date in a traditional way—they tend to skip the flirting phase and be very direct about their feelings.
Of course, when it comes to romance, every person is different, but these tips may prove very helpful for expats.
I have no idea which of my friends are married and which “only” live together.
Make sure to include a six pack of beers if you want to break the ice faster.Tip: talk with the friends of the person you like before giving your crush extra attention. Here, it is quite common for women to make the first move, a custom which could be attributed to the fact that Danish society has been built on an egalitarian model—everyone is considered equal.In many countries there is a “flirting pattern”: men make eye contact with women, approach them, start a conversation and ask for their phone number. Danish boys are known to be shy in comparison to other countries’ and they aren’t very familiar with flirting.Your chances of scoring a date are high is you suggest meeting at a bar. While, typically, Danish people aren’t very talkative with strangers, they will start to loosen up after their third beer (which usually marks the beginning of the night).Plus, many Danish bars have long wooden tables that can be shared by more than one group of friends, so grab one and get into a conversation.Dating rules – the Scandinavian version Dating, as mentioned above, is what we don’t do. I`ll make you a list of what we don’t do so you’re not confused: Edit: Someone pointed out that I hadn’t linked up to Scandinavia and the World. But it comes with a warning: If you start reading, you can`t stop. Dating in Denmark can be tricky for foreigners who aren’t familiar with Scandinavian culture.By Maria Montgomery – Maria is a freelance writer, director and social entrepreneur.She’s also the spokesperson for The Little Angels Community Center and an avid blogger.Having grown up in Sweden I spent many summer sailing in Denmark, so I have spent plenty of time mingling with the Danes. In Denmark there is a very strong sense of equality between men and women. So don’t expect the guy to walk up to you on a party and buy you a drink. There’s a sense of fairness – you do your bit around the house, they do theirs.In my teens the bridge connecting Denmark and Sweden arrived, so suddenly our neighbors were even closer and today a lot of people commute between Malmö and Copenhagen on a daily basis. For some reason women at some point decided that if a man holds the door for her, it may be seen as if she can’t do it herself. See dating as a half way approach – you have to meet half way, with everything. Of course, this is an individual thing (as are most things discussed in this article – you can’t tell what it’s like dating an entire nation, you have to generalize) but as a general rule, Danish dads spend time with their kids.