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A while ago I read the most enlightening article on dating Scandinavians. According to the author, I’m meant to get drunk, not expect the guy to pay the bill, not expect him to flirt with me or ask me out, and be okay with him being rather impolite, introverted and extremely slow on the uptake. … Continue reading Dating the Danes | Flirting with disaster
You know that exciting phase when you initially get to know someone. The first time you go out it’s a blast, so you do it a second time and it’s even better and then … If I was a writing this story in a New Zealand context, it would end with: “You go out together … Continue reading Dating the Danes | Whatever happened to going with the flow?
Not long ago, a TV journalist posed the following question on a couple of Danish expat websites: “What’s it like dating Danes?” So I took a look at the comments you made and thought I’d add my five cents in the hope that I can encourage you all to ‘hang in there’ when you’re ready … Continue reading Dating the Danes | When you’re ready to throw in the towel
Danes hate small talk. It’s a fact. You can disagree with me on this, but it’s unlikely I’ll change my position. I think they find it a similar experience to pulling teeth. It goes against every fibre of their ‘authentic’ being to appear interested in mundane chat. They’d rather just cut to the chase. It’s … Continue reading Dating the Danes | Let’s skip the small stuff
I come from a land of simple people. We don’t overcomplicate life. Our ‘yes’ means yes, our ‘no’ means no, and complexity within the realm of dating is something to be avoided at all costs. So when I came to Denmark, I was perplexed to enter a world where relations between the sexes are so … Continue reading Dating the Danes | Something rotten in the state of Denmark
Three months ago I bought the nicest pair of stilettos I’d ever seen. I knew full well I’d be the only one within a 30km radius wearing them. But as a foreigner, I’m not bound by the conformist Danish dress code, so I went ahead and wore them anyway. And I’m glad I did. … Continue reading Dating the Danes | Walk a mile in my stilettos
Don’t get me wrong. I’ve met some hilarious Danish men – I work with two of the funniest in the country. But there will always be a small rift where we just don’t ‘get’ each other. Now I’m no comedian, but I do feel like my humour is often lost on Danish men, particularly when … Continue reading Dating the Danes | No laughing matter
I was at an event the other day where around 70 Aussies (and three Kiwis) were in attendance. After a couple of ‘good Aussie beers’, an older gentleman began chatting to me. “I can image Danish men must be quite a phenomenon for Kiwi women,” he said. “I mean I was recently back in Australia … Continue reading Dating the Danes | Fascinatingly frustrating
As a foreigner, it’s sometimes a little intimidating meeting Danish men. Here are these guys, clearly out of your league anywhere else in the world, treating you like you belong in the latest Ralph Lauren catalogue with them. Not that I mind of course, but coming from a country where looks-wise everyone knows what league … Continue reading Dating the Danes | What’s looks got to do with it?
Danish men know how to play the game. While they may not be competing in the traditional dating game as such, they’ve created a much more sinister, craftier, slyer version – I’ll call it ‘slyming’. And sadly, this is one game where participation isn’t optional if you intend to get close to any Danish guy. … Continue reading Dating the Danes | One game you won’t win
There should be a small handbook given to any foreign woman who comes here and attempts to date the Danes. Along with your ‘How do I get a CPR card’ brochure, you should also receive the ‘How to date Danish men’ leaflet. Now I don’t consider myself an advice-giver in the arena of Danish men. … Continue reading Dating the Danes | Know thyself, know thy Danes
Denmark is a land of extremes. Extreme weather, extreme political parties and extreme men. There’s incredibly bad … and there’s incredibly good. The middle of the road here doesn’t really exist. Now generalisations are easy. Individualisation is not. If you’d encountered some of the dates I have, you’d understand why I build certain boxes to … Continue reading Dating the Danes | A land of extremes!
Last week, as a friend filled me in on her recent outing to a wine bar, one line stuck out like a sore thumb. “And not long after I arrived, four men sat down behind us and started ordering pinot.” Now to me, the thought of four straight men walking into a wine bar sounds … Continue reading Dating the Danes | Where have all the Vikings gone?
Last weekend I attended what at first glance would be considered an adult party. But after 20 minutes of conversation with a Johnny Bravo look-a-like, I quickly realised I had overestimated the maturity of my present company. Talking to him was like talking to a 26-year-old boy who’d just learned how to shave. He was … Continue reading Dating the Danes | Boys who can shave