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Dating Greek men is certainly an appealing concept. Mediterranean guys are known for their olive skin, seductive accents, and laidback lifestyle. Not to mention, Greek men have gained themselves something of a reputation for being among the best lovers in the world. All things considered, it makes sense that you would consider finding yourself a Greek God.
I have been living in Greece for almost four years now.
This guide will discuss the Greek dating scene and possible cultural considerations to keep in mind when dating Greek men. You can use the Table of Contents to navigate to various sections as you need. You need to be careful when stereotyping a group of people collectively. The same applies to talking about dating Greek men. Not all two Greek men are the same. This is especially the case when comparing dating Greek men that have never left their native Greece, to dating Greek men that have grown up in the west.
Here is an example. Several decades ago, it might have been considered something of a scandal for a Greek man or a woman for that matter to marry a non-Greek. This may have been a big disappointment for their parents. Consequently, the Greek person that you were interested in romantically may never have seen you as a long-term partner. However, things have changed ificantly since then. Globalisation, and the fact that Greeks have relocated across Europe and the world, and indeed foreigners and ex-pats have relocated to Greece have made Greek-non Greek relationships more common than they were in the past.
Dating outside of the Hellenic community is less of a taboo. For the first three years of my life in Greece, I was in a long term relationship with a Greek man in Athens. His family were from a small village close to Arta and were very traditional. To be honest, I am not even baptised. However, I did not tell his traditional, conservative family that lest I wanted them making crosses on their chests and flicking holy water at me as if I were the devil! Throughout the relationship, I felt that my partner was ashamed of me. His family made me feel ostracised and very unwelcome. After that experience, I thought that most Greek men would feel this way.
However, time and experience have taught me I am wrong. I know plenty of mixed cultural couples where one person is Greek and the other is not. Similarly, I have dated Greek men who introduced me to their family early on. I have also dated those that could only see themselves with a fellow Greek.
As aforementioned, you cannot judge everyone the same. The dating scene in Greece is still quite traditional compared to other European countries. We have dating apps like Tinder here. However, most Greeks will try and meet people out at bars or through mutual friends. Online dating is not so mainstream yet.
You will find that most people that you meet do not have profiles on apps like Tinder and Bumble. Nor have they heard of them.
If you do decide to play a little Tinder roulette in Greece, note that the Tinder scene is just like anywhere else. The men you match with could be looking for hookups or something more serious. This is especially the case if you are a tourist that is in town for just a week or two.
Many Greek men cannot imagine settling down and marrying someone who is not Greek. This is not the case for all men. However, it is relatively commonplace.
If you are interested in someone, try and establish what their bottom line is early on so that you do not get hurt. If you are considering dating Greek men, it is important to have a little understanding of Greek culture, and the role of men and women in Greece. Living in Greece is a dream for many people.
They fantasise about moving to a Greek island like Skopelos and living a life that rivals the plot of Mamma Mia. It received just Little progress has been made since Compare that to a score of The best country was Sweden with a score of What do those s mean? In other words, people are becoming too liberal, and women are expecting to be treated equally instead of doing as they are told and baking pies in a pretty dress. The nerve of these women! Of course, it is impossible to apply one brush sweep and generalise an entire demographic of men. However, there is some truth in these s.
Greece is very much a patriarchal society. Women will work all day and then go home and do the cooking, cleaning, and take care of the children. Greek culture lavishes lots of praise, glory, and attention on boys. It is common for Greek mothers to fixate on their sons, even as they reach their 30s and 40s.
In some towns and villages, the children are counted differently. The two genders are raised differently from the beginning, and the traditional family values and upbringing do sometimes feedback into the patriarchy. In a word: No. It is just important to note that on the whole, Greece is a much more traditional country than say, the UK, or the USA. Chances are that if you meet a Greek man from a rural area or an island, he will have had a more traditional upbringing that is less exposed to foreign cultures. The Mediterranean lifestyle is to thank for Greek men being incredibly social creatures.
In the UK, people tend to live for the weekend. In Greece however, it is not uncommon to go out with friends every day of the week. Even on random weeknights, coffee shops will be filled with friends catching up over freddo cappuccinos at 10 pm, and most restaurants and tavernas are open until as late as 2 am. In this regard, dating a laid back social Greek can feel like a breath of fresh air! You will always play second fiddle… to his mother! The relationship that Greek men have with their mothers is almost disturbing in terms of dependency.
Expect to overhear emotional phone calls between him and his mother while you are together. Or you know, something to that effect, you son-stealing malaka! Tantrums will be thrown if she feels he is spending more time with you than with her.
As your relationship gets more serious, she is likely to be monitoring your treatment of her son like a hawk. People all over the world are often proud of their country and their cultural heritage. In Greece especially, there is a great sense of pride in being Greek.
Cultural and religious Orthodox traditions are an important part of Greek culture. As someone who is dating a Greek man, you will have the opportunity to experience these wonderful cultural traditions and Greek festivals. Dating a Greek introduces you to a lot of fun activities that you may not have experienced in your own country.
Every day can be an adventure when you date outside your culture. If you are planning on seriously dating Greek men, be informed that most Greek men are not informed and educated in the culinary arts. Yep, I definitely missed my calling in life as a chef. A chef of a restaurant that serves boiled egg sandwiches that is. If you find a rare breed of Greek male that is able to cook, cling on to him for dear life! I jest a little.
Even if your Greek man can cook, his mother, grandmother, and other female relatives in his life are likely to want to feed him and take care of him as much as they can. Greek men have a notorious reputation for being womanisers but this really depends on the individual. Just like anywhere else in the world, when dating Greek men, you cannot tie an entire demographic of people together as being the same. I had a long term Greek boyfriend for three years. I trusted him completely and never worried about infidelity.
One important caveat to this is that the divorce rate in Greece is very low. This is very commonplace among older couples in Greece. If the guy you are dating is in his thirties and still living with his parents, that is pretty normal in Greece. Who can blame him either?
Rental prices in Greece are soaring way past what is affordable for a standard Greek salary. The cost of living in Athens is forever increasing, and the economy here is still in a very slow state of recovery. However, it is likely that his Greek mother is never far away and always on hand to prepare him lunch or do his laundry if he needs it.
I lived with a partner in Greece. Unmarried cohabiting couples were considered something of a taboo until recently. However, more and more young Greek couples are moving in together, much like in other European countries. Meeting the parents is a relatively big step in most developing relationships anyway.
However, in many western countries, this is often done after several months together. In the UK, it is relatively normal to expect my parents to meet the person who has become such a big part of my life. In Greece, meeting the parents is considered more of a big deal. If after a couple of months you still have not met his parents, have a little patience and remember that relationship and dating rules are different here.
I have lived here since early and I am happy to assist with any questions that you may have. Years back I dated a greek guy who came to South Africa to his uncle in the family business. He was a wonderful guy and we got on so well.Greece male 30 dating
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Dating Greek Men – Written by a Female Expat in Greece