Scandinavian men dating

04 Aug

They like keeping their emotions in check If you belong to a culture where it is alright to express your emotions in terms of words and gestures, you may find Swedish men rather formal and emotionally distant.

Incredibly in popular western culture, this is even attributed to the cold and austere Swedish climate which supposedly makes people unfriendly and humorless.

At the same time, this is yet another symptom of the slow measured natures of the Swedes; but don’t be fooled by his relative silence – all the while that you are chatting about your work and family, your date is actually evaluating you as a potential partner.

It is his way of turning things over in his head and deciding whether to move forward with this relationship.

When dating Swedish guys be prepared for some formality in the beginning.

This is only his way of being polite and showing respect to you, which can hardly be said for men of many other cultures who are overly familiar on the very first date and overly eager to get in the woman’s pants.

However since equal rights for both sexes are deeply ingrained in Swedish culture, it is the norm rather than the exception when women are expected to split the bill on a date.

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.

If you do go, pay a visit to Tradgarden, one of Stockholm’s multiple outdoor events, tucked away under a bridge and considered to be the hotspot of the summer.

Get ready to stand in an equal-opportunity line with 50 blue-haired bloggers, then in yet another line for a beer, then sit on benches staring at parades of what looks like The Other Stories catalog come to life.