Dating Norwegian girls can be a special kind of hell if you don’t go in prepared but it can also be a special kind of heaven. These Scandinavian goddesses might seem sweet, gorgeous, and open-minded enough to make any guy happy. There are subtleties of culture, though, and as a foreigner, you are in for some unexpected situations with or without this article. The goal is to prepare you as much as possible, though, so let’s dive right in.
They Can Come Across Cold
It’s not just the weather, girls in Norway can be icy cold if you let them.
There are places in the world where your foreigner status alone would give you some major extra points. Norway is not one of them.
It’s a proud nation. Also, the living standard is quite high so foreign men do not get the gold diggers. You can think of that as something positive. At least if she likes you, she likes you for you. Which brings me to…
Dating Norwegian Girls Is Refreshingly Straightforward
Norwegians are not like Russian women, who are often very coy.
There are few nations that are as no-BS about dating as Norwegians. If she thinks you are cute, she will come over and flirt. Although, obviously, don’t just rely on that. It is always nice for the guy to take initiative, that much is internationally true. As for rejections, though, be prepared to get your fair share of them. The girls can be a bit bitchy, that is the only way to describe it.
But here is the twist: to Norwegians, this is just how life works. There is much less playing games when you are dating Norwegian girls. Love you or hate you, they will let you know. Expect her to be more assertive than most women in Europe (or even women in general). What can I say, when you look as good as these girls do, you get a free pass for more bitchiness than what is usually ok.
You Will Have A Lot Of Competition
Unlike Russia and Ukraine, where local guys are at best unimpressive and they also smoke and drink themselves to an early grave, Norwegian men are actually very difficult competition. Tall, light hair, muscular (but not to the point of being freakishly buff), Norwegian guys are some fine specimen.
Your competitive edge, though, will be the approach.
Just as the girls can get cold and unpleasant, guys can be very cocky and reluctant to approach women.
Which means that if you present yourself as a friendly foreigner that is genuinely impressed by how beautiful she is (and later on by her conversation and wits), you automatically become more desirable. Dating Norwegian girls is all about the chase. She will keep you working for it, even after she made it clear that she’s interested. Flatter her ego and you will win her over in no time.
Let’s Talk About That Rape Wave
Yes, an actual rape wave. Back in 2012, there was a series of violent rapes on the streets of Oslo. Assault rape cases have shocked the nation, especially because they came at a time where the refugee problems were quite obviously badly managed by the government.
Most of the people charged came from Africa or the Middle East. The police were quick to explain that ‘It must be stressed that the strong over-representation of people from minority backgrounds for several types of rape cannot be interpreted as meaning that foreign culture is a causal explanation of rape’.
Politically correct bullshit, as always.
Understandably, though, racial tensions and xenophobia grew.
Women were advised to take extreme caution when interacting with new guys. In fact, much of the nightlife died during that time. It recovered in the last few years but Norwegian girls are still wary of foreigners.
It is worth to know that, especially if you have a darker complexion. I am sure you have the best intentions, but be aware that she will get extra cautious around you. It is for a good reason.
They Are Not Your Sweet Eastern European Babes
Dating Norwegian girls is nothing like dating in Eastern Europe. I might have mentioned it a few times (ok, more than a few times but it should sink in), Norway is a very economically advanced country.
Read: people are rich (and by the way your Oslo getaway might end up costing you much more than you think) and often snobby.
It takes much more to impress a Norwegian girl. Her, on the other hand, she will have a lot of that ‘I am an independent woman and I don’t have to dress pretty or do anything to impress guys’ attitude.
And yes, being pretty is not the price a girl pays for existing in the world. What does get annoying is how a lot of Norwegian women have impossibly high expectations of guys while hardly bothering at all to follow similar standards.
For instance, great style is almost a must for you but you should tell her that she looks pretty even in that frumpy old sweatshirt.
And It Isn’t A Feminazi-Free Idily Out Here Either
While there is nothing wrong with feminism in itself, feminazis are a species that you really don’t want to deal with when dating Norwegian girls (or any other girls for that matter).
Sadly, you will have to. Most women in Norway are all about ‘social justice’. Actually, scratch that – the entire country loves their social justice laws and programs. They can afford them, which is good. What isn’t good, though, is that there are hardly any obstacles or discrimination against women yet a lot of them still act as if they were enslaved not a few years ago.
Eastern European girls are traditional and they frown upon third-wave feminism.
Norwegian girls are not always above being feminazis. It comes with wealth and having fewer actual problems, I think.
Dating Norwegian girls is a lot like dodging a bunch of bullets before you find gold. But once you do…
Norwegian Women Are Great Partners
Yes, I actually said partners.
At least 30 or more percent of board level professionals are women. Girls in Norway are encouraged to pursue a career and become independent and financially stable. They are not used to relying on a guy (or any relationship for that matter) to support them financially. In fact, she will even find it weird and slightly unfair that you would pay for dinner at your first date. Splitting the bill all the way!
And it goes beyond paying for food, of course.
If you guys decide to settle down together, she will be an equal partner in providing for the family. There are no expectations of you, being the guy, to have to take more financial responsibility. In that sense, you can forgive some Norwegian girls for their feminazi tendencies.
Unlike other places in the world, here they actually want equality and all of it, too (even the part where they don’t get free dinner).
But You Will Have To Do Your Share Of Chores, Too
Yes, that is another aspect of equality. Just as she will be paying for her part of the bill, you will have to do some chores around the house. That is not so bad, though, because you can use it to your advantage.
You say you are not that great with chores but you do love to cook. I mean, it’s probably the oldest trick in the book, offering to cook for a girl to get her back to your place. But it works like charm if you mean it.
Cooking (along with dancing) is one of the sexiest skills you could have as a male on this planet.
First off, you flatter the ‘I am all about equality’ part of her.
Secondly, you get to score a hot date.
Thirdly, she now sees you as boyfriend material and someone that she would actually want to invest it. Which by the way…
The Time And Effort She Invests Matter To Her
This one kind of ties in with the straightforwardness part. Dating Norwegian girls is purposeful. If she chooses to go out with you (read ‘invest time to spend with you’) it is because at least in part she sees you as a potential partner. Enjoy the perspective of ending up with a model-like girl for the long run!
Do you have any personal experiences of dating Norwegian girls that you want to share? Or maybe some hot tips to hack the dating game in Norway? Either way, let us know in the comments.