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Our readers chimed in and didn't stop chiming on this topic, with reasons ranging from Swedes' accents to their cooking... In any case, from our own humble experiences and from those of our readers, we've cobbled together five reasons to date a Swede (and five not to). It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a guide to dating Swedish men! (Anonymous comment from a male friend) H – Hair gel is a necessity, not an option. O – Obtuse, like any man, the Swedish man has proven to be equally if not more obtuse at times. Q – Quiet and shy describes 90% of Swedish men in Sweden and 10% abroad.

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.

First off, thank you to all who have posted on the Dating in Sweden post. I – IKEA will be the ‘big step’ in your lives as couple. Okay, exaggeration but they lose their very quiet nature when going abroad.

It is so awesome and wonderful to see people share their stories and help each other. R – Rude; if you don’t know the ways of Swedes, they can be perceived as rude.

This post is being closed now because it has more than 200 comments!!! This is especially true if you believe the man should pay for dates, etc when he is more in dutch / equal paying.

But, let the stories and pondering continue here as we figure out the A to Z of Swedish men. “We have sex first, then see each other.” B – Beautiful and blond. C – Confusing; few understand the male species and even less understand the Swedish man D – Dutch dates are possible, especially if in Sweden. S – Sambo, rhymes with mambo, is the traditional way for Swedish being ‘together’ but not married.

But I know from statistics that more people live together than are married – and that is counting all the old people who got married back when that was still something you did (in Norway it was illegal to live with someone without being married up until 1972 – imagine that! Dating a Scandinavian I’ve always been fascinated by American date movies because it’s like watching some weird rituals in some far-away country I don’t know very much about.

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.

So, I am well up for taking the lead in romantic matters. I spotted the guy as soon as we arrived: tall, blond (I suppose you could have guessed that); definitely cute. Ahh well, practice makes perfect 😉 Because as terrifying as it is, I like feeling free to start a conversation with someone who has caught my eye rather than feeling trapped by ridiculous and archaic notions of men liking to make the moves.

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