Dating customs in sweden
The problem is when someone from a culture where sex is repressed behind shame, honour and purity has to adapt to this.Traditional dating is a system to cater to the virginity cult in which a woman is tainted once she is not a virgin.You then know that the sexual attraction is there, no one has led the other person on, unless you expect having sex to lead to emotional commitment, and you are not too invested in the other person should it turn out that the only thing you have in common is that you both wanted to fuck each other at the same time. Sexual attraction is not the same as love and you can have one without the other.It's a very Scandinavian concept in general and, as we are getting more and more Americanised, something that sticks out more and more.We don't set out to be in a relationship just because of the relationship itself; we go for a person because we want to be with that person.
If the man is serious then he should ask the woman out again.The point is that what the "awkwardness" stems from these two approaches clashing.Someone feels like they invested, emotionally, in the other person when perhaps all that was was simple hedonism.Swedes don't "date" the way you guys do, so you're kinda spot on with you analysis.
However, seeing as you're on reddit, you've probably heard of the Internet.I have dealt with the same, but opposite, problem both in the UK and North America but I wouldn't say that it's awkward.