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.
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Relationships, Marriage, & Family Life in Norway Relationships and marriage in Norway are fairly relaxed compared to most countries in this world.
Like many of its neighbors, Norway is a very liberal country that views relationships and marriage quite differently than they did a century ago.
These things, much like gaining an education and starting a career, are often viewed as more important than marriage itself.
"Seduction in Norway is not simple at all for foreigners," concludes Lou Déguin, an expat from France, who chronicled her experiences online dating in Norway in her blog A Frog in the Fjord.
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.
Many young people want to establish themselves as individuals prior to marrying, which means dating is generally drawn out over time as individuals place education, careers, exploration, and owning a home as higher priorities than marriage.
Most Norwegians date much as they do in other European and North American countries, but rarely does a relationship become serious until the couple is in their mid-20s if not older.