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In general, not all people are sharing your agenda to make new friends (should they come across someone interesting, by default it's not opposed, of course) so they may appear aloof. People tend to open up when they are drunk, but exchanging a few words nowhere near constitutes a friendship (at least by Finnish standards), you have to spend much more time together over a longer period of time to be considered a friend (or 'ystävä' to avoid any conflict in definition).
Bar as an environment may help approach people more easily, on the other hand you're just someone they met in a bar, which doesn't amount to much. People tend to open up when they are drunk, but exchanging a few words nowhere near constitutes a friendship (at least by Finnish standards), you have to spend much more time together over a longer period of time to be considered a friend (or 'ystävä' to avoid any conflict in definition). Definitions are rough ballpark ideas based on whims of yours truly and should not be considered concrete or absolute definitions for all Finns blah blah and some other legalese.
Thanks in advance for any insights you guys can offer.
So I fell in love with a Finn (31/M) a year ago and we have spent the past 7 months since we last saw each other fostering a long distance relationship via Skype and Whatsapp.
I like to run in the morning, and to walk late at night.
I also love to meet new people and to talk about life. I m looking for a partner and for a I grew up in Finland and now I live half the year there and the other half in the Caribbean. Right now I only work with art, creating my own and sometimes having workshops.
It can drive Americans crazy that things are so open-form, slow and just plain vague.
There isn't that much of a cultural difference between American and Finnish dating that I'm aware of.Sex is not something we wait for long (for example, I believe losing virginity is much bigger deal for americans, but that could also be the non-realistic teenage tv series) and it often becomes part of the relationship quite early. The dating culture here is very different from the US and young Finns have this strange tendency of slowly drifting together through friend's friends, work, hobbies, etc.Everything can be a bit vague here about progressing through friendship, dating, sex and a relationship.It would also be just fine for you to make the first move. Finnish guys are very sweet and they (MOST of them) try really hard to not be creepy or make you uncomfortable.As a finnish girl I see no reason to wait for a man to make it, if I want to take it to the next level. I'm an American female with a guy in his 30s and in the beginning I made all of the "moves". You should maybe push him a little in case he's the classic inhibited Finn, and try to be patient, if you really like him.