Swedish Culture & Dating

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Swedish Culture & Dating
Like most, a majority of Swedes are looking for love. (map of Sweden image by Goran Bogicevic from Fotolia.com)

Dating individuals outside one's own country can be surprisingly challenging. Every country has its own culture and values. Not understanding the values of individuals in one culture can lead to confusion and even alienation. In Sweden, equality is highly cherished and emotions are looked down upon. As a result, foreigners often have a hard time finding love because they are unable to get potential Swedish love interests to open up.

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Cultural Norms

Swedish people do not openly show their emotions due to their cultural norms. Not showing emotion is considered polite in Sweden. The Swedish are very clean and are not impressed by bad hygiene. They also highly value honesty and genuineness. The Swedes prefer humility and do not like boasting at all. They are very grateful for hospitality and not saying thank you is considered very rude. The Swedish are very focused on children and paying close attention to children and bringing them gifts is looked at very highly. Swedish clothing tends to be very conservative.

Ambiguity

The Swedes tend to not start conversations with those who they don't know and prefer to be good listeners when they are approached for conversation. Swedes tend to meet romantic partners through friends and at work. Like the French, the Swedes do not always acknowledge whether they are dating and often go out for coffee without either partner being certain of whether the coffee run is an official date. Online dating is more popular among the Swedish than among other individuals, and so is technology in general.

Caution

Swedish people are usually slow to date and tend to fully analyse the person before determining whether that person would be a good match. They often will not commit until after a very long period of time, but tend to stay committed to each other and remain faithful. They are cautious about making decisions in relationships.

Gender Equality

Men and women are treated as equals in Swedish culture and disrespecting either gender will likely have negative consequences. Many Swedish women choose their partners based on how much their partners respect them. Men and women in Sweden tend to pay equal amounts in a date. The egalitarianism of Sweden extends outside of gender relations, with many decisions in Sweden being made through consensus or through a vote.

Dates

The Swedish prefer to stay in good physical shape, so dates involving physical activity are popular among the Swedish, things like tennis, golfing, hiking, ect. They also prefer the outdoors.

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