Dating swedish style

The European date format is something that creates a lot of confusion with visitors from the US.

Being essentially ‘backwards’ by American standards, European date format can cause mix ups and problems with everything from arranging meeting times to running software.

Don't move on from the hug until it's clear that it's more than fika, and that the feelings are mutual. Sweden is all about equality, and that includes dating. But, once you are 'dating' - having fika and hanging out regularly, that is - it is assumed that you are not dating anyone else.

In other words, it's not okay to fika and flirt with multiple people.

For English speakers, MDY was preferred form (mmm-dd-yyyy) (Example: April 9, 2019) and used by nearly all English language publications and media companies as well as majority of English language government documents.

For both French and sometimes English speakers, DMY are used (dd-mmm-yyyy) (Example: 9 April 2019/le 9 avril 2019) and also used in formal letters, academic papers, military, many media companies and even some governmental documents, particularly in French-language ones.

All three formats are used in Canada for long format.

European date format can only cause this misunderstanding when the date is of that month.

The reason for this is that there are only 12 months, thus if one of the numbers is above 13 you can deduce whether the writer is using US or European date format. While this European date format is unusual for visitors, it is actually the US date format which is different with the majority of the countries in the world using European date format over the American counterpart.

Developers should prevent this problem by allowing the user to select either European date format or US.

Famously, though the Terrorist attacks are referred to world-wide as ‘9/11’, in the European date format used by most territories this would actually denote the ninth of November, which interestingly is the date that the Berlin Wall came down.

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