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Rodrigo and Siff met in Aalborg

Aalborg

Denmark is often considered a bit of a fairytale country by foreigners, thanks to our very own Hans Christian Andersen. The "fairytale" we introduce here takes place in Aalborg, an old industrial harbour city located by the Limfjord in the northern part of Jutland.

The year is 2002 and Rodrigo is leaving his native country, Brazil, to pursue a Master's in International Business Economics at Aalborg University. This is not his first trip to Denmark and it is not his first encounter with Danish women.

E&M: Having lived in Denmark for almost a decade I gather you must have developed a good idea of what Danish women are like, and what they like to do on dates?

Rodrigo: Danish girls are probably some of the most free-spirited women in the world - and I mean this in a good way. They don't have to fear for their reputation if they have a one-night-stand. In Sao Paolo girls would be terrified for their reputation. But some Danish girls are probably more afraid of getting "trapped" in a serious relationship than worrying about their reputation. As far as first dates go, I'd say that it's a good idea to invite Danish girls to a concert or to go and watch a play at the theatre. They like to do cultural things like that. Afterwards you can invite them to a café or a restaurant – preferably somewhere quiet where you can carry on an in-depth conversation.

Danish girls are probably more afraid of getting "trapped" in a serious relationship than worrying about their reputation!

Danes in general like to "hygge" when they are together. Now, "hygge" is a concept that is difficult to translate into English but it more or less entails being "cosy" together, talking, preferably by candlelight, enjoying good food and generally getting the feeling of being secure and comfortable together. You can be lucky and find "hygge" on a first date but it is often something that needs time.

For the past five years Rodrigo has been in a relationship with Siff, a student of Theatre Science and Economics at Århus University. Århus is Denmark's second largest city and is situated about 100 km south of Aalborg.

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Photo: Rodrigo and Siff
"Hygging" together!

Denmark's second largest city and is situated about 100 km south of Aalborg. Siff and Rodrigo now live in Århus and share plenty of "hygge" in their flat.

E&M: I know you two met in Aalborg. Where exactly did you meet and how did it all play out?

Rodrigo: We were both attending an electronic music festival at "Huset" in Aalborg.

Siff: Aalborg has a fantastic music scene – a very integrated music milieu where most people know each other. The social aspect is just as important as the musical side.

Rodrigo: Anyway, Siff was a little tipsy; she was fun, kind and very much "alive". I couldn't take my eyes off her. We looked at each other, smiled a bit, talked and eventually kissed. I invited her to come watch a play with me and she accepted. It wasn't until about six months later that we became a couple.

Siff: Actually, with Danish girls it's not a good idea to ask for their phone number on the first date. A guy has to be cautious and give the woman some space. There is nothing as unappealing as a guy who's right in your face.

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