Dating in Norway

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway"

In most countries around the world

When you meet someone you like

You say “hi”

And you invite for a date

If that works well,

You invite for a second date


If that still works well

You invite for dinner


… and if that still works well …

Then maybe something else happens!



This is the normal timeline

In most countries around the world

In Norway…

It works a little bit differently

It usually starts here in a bar or on Tinder


Then there is a fast forward process 

If you wake up the next morning and the person is still next to you

You invite for a date

If that works well

You go back here


If that still works well

And only then

Can you say "hei" if you meet in the hallway!


Then you invite for a second date
And then for dinner

Because dinners in Norway are not a way to getting to know people

They are a result of an established relationship!

 Read more about our amazing Norwegian friends in Our Norwegian Toolkit which includes four books about the Norwegian culture. 



Some critics claim that I portray Norwegian women as easy to go to bed with

I believe this article rather portrays Norwegian women as being emancipated and free to decide over their own sexuality and sexual needs

Independently from family, society or religious pressure

This is one of the reasons why I love Norway

See a clip from when I am explaining Norwegian dating on the Norwegian talkshow "Lindmo"


You may also be interested to watch this TEDx lecture about cultural differences and the Norwegian culture

By Julien S. Bourrelle

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