I have been contacted by more than one person wanting to date Scandinavian people or even marry one of us. Marrying a Scandinavian Let me answer the last question first: Yes, many of us choose not to get married but that doesn’t mean that we don’t live together or have children in well-established partnerships. And how do we procreate if we don’t date and don’t marry?

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I’ve also lived in several non-Scandinavian countries for longer periods – USA, Greece, Germany and Italy, when I was young and single and thus in the dating segment.

But dating was like a foreign language to me – as it is when I watch American movies and television shows.

So I might have gotten the dating “rules” of your country (which might *not* be USA and therefore not part of those American movie rules) entirely wrong and am thus making a big thing out of nothing.

Dating rules So to make it clear what I’m talking about: As far as I understand it, dating in so many non-Scandinavian countries may consist of a man asking a woman he doesn’t know very well to go out to dinner and/or a movie with him, his picking her up and dropping her off afterwards and his paying the bills and making the decisions, and the first date ends with a kiss at the most? If so, buckle up and see how we non-date in Scandinavia.

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.

Love is a battlefield, a young Pat Benatar once sang. Although snagging your own Swede (the nationality, not the vegetable) can also have its advantages.

In fact, so can snagging a good Swede (the vegetable, not the nationality) - but that's a whole different top ten. From our other editions: If, on the other hand, you’re looking for love in another of The Local’s countries then we have plenty more tips for you.

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.