5 Unusual Types of Dating Culture Around the World

5 Unusual Types of Dating Culture Around the World

You have probably heard the saying, ‘love is a universal language, understood by all.’

While I agree with this saying, I recently heard about the differences with dating culture around the world. I thought it would be interesting to explore the unusual differences.

When you think of dating, most of us think of a guy approaching a girl, and asking her out on a date. However, there are many different and unusual types of dating customs abroad.

Here are some of the more interesting dating customs:


Valentine’s day in Japan is a little different. Girls are the ones that have to buy chocolate for the guy that they fancy. And guess what? They receive nothing in return!

A month later, however, the guys are supposed to return the favor if their feelings are mutual on a holiday called “White day”. The twist is that the men are expected to spend double the amount the ladies do on Valentine’s day. Not a bad deal, if you are a lady of course!

South Korea

In South Korea, dating doesn’t start until college and since most children live with their parents until they are married, love hotels are common if couples need some privacy.

Something I found interesting, is that when Korean guys are courting girls they effectively become their ‘servants’. They will hold her handbags, carry her shopping bags, and do anything to make his girl happy.

Things reverse when they get married, however. The lady takes on a traditional role and is expected to look after the home and family.

The Netherlands

While other countries have set rules and customs when it comes to dating, the Netherlands is one place where few rules exist!

It doesn’t matter who makes the first move in Amsterdam, whether it is the guy or girl. Also, when it comes to the first date, all the conventional rules can be thrown out the window!

For this reason, some people might view Amsterdam as an attractive place to visit.


In Brazil, men can come across as forward and aggressive if you aren’t accustomed to the culture. Kissing on the first date is common, and seen as a way of getting to know each other.

Dating progresses quickly in Brazil, with guys and girls becoming ‘official’ within days. This is because it is seen as unusual if you aren’t in a relationship. Brazilian women are known for their beauty. There are even complete websites made on how to meet Brazilian women.


When it comes to dating, Italians are very traditional. Men are drawn to physical attractiveness, beauty, and homemakers. Women want men who can provide financial stability. Also, looks are high on the list of importance to both men and women.

If a woman expresses serious interest in a guy, it’s not uncommon for her parents to do a thorough background check on the guy.

The mother-son relationship is strong with Italian guys, so the girl must win over his mother in order to be accepted.

Isn’t it interesting to see the differences in dating cultures around the world? But like my opening line says, “love is a universal language” and despite the differences in dating culture, it can be understood by all.


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