While marriage remains popular, Norway has seen cultural acceptance of unmarried cohabitation and alternative lifestyles.
Jante Law consists of cultural premises that have influence in many facets of Norwegian life.
Oslo being both the economic and governmental center of Norway, is also the main hub for trade, banking industry and shipping.
Being strategically situated, it is also an important location for maritime industries and trade within Europe.
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.
We may not have good words for ‘dating’ but we certainly have a great word for that spouse-without-a-wedding-ring we have back home: “samboer.” Which means “together-liver.” And yes, that word works better in Scandinavian.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.Surely there are obviously some who probably do but is it common to see?I was in Norway for a few weeks and couldn't believe how many handsome men I saw.