Last month The Local's list of things expat women notice when they move to Sweden got people talking. Our Deputy Editor Oliver Gee has been living here for four years and takes on the topic with some of his foreign friends. Look at the women in this bar - they're stunning. Regular readers will know this is something I've brought up before. "I noticed the moment I arrived in Sweden that I wasn't a fashionable man," a Zimbabwean bartender told me.Every single expat male in Sweden who I talked to said the same thing first. I, and many others, just can't get used to the idea of hugging everyone all the time. Swedish guys simply know how to dress well - at least in Stockholm anyway.Our readers chimed in and didn't stop chiming on this topic, with reasons ranging from Swedes' accents to their cooking... In any case, from our own humble experiences and from those of our readers, we've cobbled together five reasons to date a Swede (and five not to).

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"In London, there's a strip club on every high street," he said. I mean, I've heard there's one somewhere in Stockholm, but I've never even seen it. " I've lost track of the number of times that someone has been interested in the story of where I am from and what I'm doing in Sweden.

Not that I go to them, of course, it's just something I've noticed. And it's not even interesting to us other expats!

For those from more outspoken, talkative cultures, Swedes may be a mystery. Make a move The first step of Swedish dating is don't be shy.

And it's not because he's not into you - it's because of gender equality.

After you've had fika a couple of times you can move on to other activities.

Maybe suggest cooking a meal together or going ice skating. But Swedes are huge fans of the awkward hug, where you lean in and wrap your arms around each other and then separate again.

Love is a battlefield, a young Pat Benatar once sang. Although snagging your own Swede (the nationality, not the vegetable) can also have its advantages.

In fact, so can snagging a good Swede (the vegetable, not the nationality) - but that's a whole different top ten. From our other editions: If, on the other hand, you’re looking for love in another of The Local’s countries then we have plenty more tips for you.

My international friends from university asked me today to explain how dating works in Sweden.

Apparently they have trouble getting into the rules of the Swedish dating game.

Swedish women are just extremely attractive, there's no denying it. I remember sitting in an Uppsala student bar when a fellow expat said to me: "Oh my god. I'm totally used to it." Perhaps interestingly, the second-most common response to the question was that Swedish men are good looking. Surprisingly, the expat men I talked to tended to mention things about Swedish guys more than Swedish women, for better or for worse. If you're a Swede reading this, let me explain how it works in places like the UK or Australia. There's nothing wrong with the hug and my Swedish friends are ensuring (through force) that I embrace it, I'm just saying it's something expat males notice.