This may sound like a cliché by now, but in a new cultural setting, this is even important than when you are surrounded by people who have been brought up like yourself.
You might think that because you are in a new country or culture, there is the risk of you losing yourself if complying with the local norm, but I would argue that this is not the case at all.
Not only did all my previously held notions turn out to be totally wrong, but it seemed the opposite was true; compared to the endless number of good-looking, well-muscled, and much better dressed Swedish guys, it seemed no woman was interested in a pale, skinny American with absolutely zero fashion sense and a shaggy haircut. In one swift blow, my self-esteem returned to its liquidous state. The two of us had something in common right away: both of us studied journalism.
They have terrific personalities, million-dollar smiles, and are more in shape than 99.99% of everyone else.
Let’s save ourselves a lot of time here and just agree that Swedish women are incredibly attractive.
If you’re in Sweden for Valentine’s Day and about to go on your first date with a Swede, here are some insights on what you could/should expect.
Sweden is one of the world’s most equal countries when it comes to gender equality and the norms of what a date could look like.
If you belong to the same culture, you have similar frameworks for interpretation, although misunderstandings tend to occur more often than not.