So the few times we have to use the word ‘date’ (usually to describe something foreigners do) we use the English word for it. So how do we figure on top of these lists of “happiest people in the world,” you wonder?
The Scandinavian word for ‘date’ is really old-fashioned and one my grandmother might have used but probably didn’t because I don’t think she dated either.
Class stratification is rare in Norwegian social interaction and the culture instills the notion that mates should be chosen based on compatibility and with goals of equal partnership.
While marriage remains popular, Norway has seen cultural acceptance of unmarried cohabitation and alternative lifestyles.
Norwegian men and women have among the highest life expectancies in the world and fertility rates among European countries second only to Iceland and Ireland.
It seems that the dating world for Norway expats is fraught with peril. All it takes is a little understanding of how Norwegians operate, which The Local is about to provide in this, The Local's Top Twelve Tips on How to Snag a Norwegian.So for anyone embarking on the disconcerting experience of dating a Norwegian, here are The Local's top twelve tips. "Don't do it, that's your advice right there," said expat Marc-Antony Davies when asked for tips on dating Norwegians."Don't be too emotional, it didn't work for me," said Caroline Griffin.Fortunately, foreigners are often looking for an opportunity […] Although women are attracted to men from Norway traditionally, but to marry a Norwegian officially is not easy.And this is connected with the fact that to get married in Norway means to collect a bunch of documents to apply for a visa at the consulate and wait for six months.
Once the parties agreed on the engagement, it was immediately followed by a feast.