I thought, naively, that online dating is like seduction. First of all seduction in Norway is not simple at all for foreigners (see on this topic a previous blogpost: The Norwegian “Art” of Seduction). I would say it follows rules which are even more obscure than regular flirting in a bar, all in a language that I didn’t understand. The first thing you need to know about Norwegian online dating is that there are passions you absolutely need to have if you want men/women to be interested in you.It is about seeing if there is attraction in a simple way (HA! Because in a bar you can get away with speaking English, not on where everything is in Norwegian, including the dozens of preliminary questions everyone needs to answer to activate their profile. First, you need to love something called “friluftsliv”. To illustrate your love of being outdoors, you absolutely need one or several pictures of you in a magnificent, natural and wild landscape.
Then, you need to be kind of the same as everybody else but a bit different. I also like going to cafes.” Oh wow, just like the rest of the 500.000 people living in this city.
Also, roughly 99% of the people online write that they love going to “gå på tur”, “gå på ski” and “på hyttetur” (hiking, skiing and going on cabin trips).
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So for anyone embarking on the disconcerting experience of dating a Norwegian, here are The Local's top twelve tips. "Don't do it, that's your advice right there," said expat Marc-Antony Davies when asked for tips on dating Norwegians.
"Don't be too emotional, it didn't work for me," said Caroline Griffin.And get off your screen damn it, and go meet someone in real life.If Norwegians were really that outdoorsy they wouldn’t need to sit on their bum in front of a computer to meet someone."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.And if you can’t pee in the bush with class and dignity, you’re OUT! I survived 5 weeks on the website and figured going out was a more fun and less time consuming way to meet people. Yes one actually, but he will probably ignore me after reading this (Per Christian, if you’re out there…).