A Free Swedish Dating Site – For Practicing Swedish

I am always finding new ways to use and improve my Swedish. I am not the type to sit down and memorize 10 words every evening (though that helps a lot too when I do do it!) I prefer methods that don’t seem like studying.Happy Pancake

Lately, my roommate, brother, and friends have all been having a stab at online dating. Apparently, that is the new thing, and why not?

Well, one reason that stopped me from trying online dating here in the U.S. is that I know I don’t want to stay here. I want to go to Sweden. So it seems pretty pointless to date out here.

But while I heard about my roommate’s success with making some great friends, I thought maybe I should give online dating a try.

The coolest thing about online dating is that distance doesn’t matter! So I started searching for a free Swedish dating site (sorry, but why would I pay if I could get it for free?)

After a deep search, I discovered Happy Pancake. As I dived into reading profiles and writing my own profile (in very bad Swedish, might I add), I realized that this is a great way to practice Swedish! I was writing back and forth to various Swedes, mostly in the Swedish language (when you start in Swedish, it usually stays in Swedish) and I could tell it was really helping me master the overall language.

I began to pick up new words and enjoyed having regular chats here and there. And soon, I was using Swedish every day again, and all while NOT living in Sweden. Hur kul!

Now, obviously, this only works if you are single, though you can sign up to Happy Pancake if you are in a relationship and are just looking for friendship. Rule of thumb with dating sites, especially in a population where there are more men than women, men may have more trouble finding a pen pal, friend, lover, or whatever you are looking for than a woman would.

But why not give it a go? Even just filling out your profile, writing an essay in Swedish, will provide great practice for using the language.

Just remember when dating online in Swedish, you are up against a lot of Swedes. That is a lot of beautiful people online. So take a shower, freshen up, and take a beautiful picture of yourself to join the Swedes in finding love online.


  1. January 9, 2013 at 21:03 — Reply

    That’s a great idea! 🙂
    Yesterday I wrote down some tips n tricks to improve your Swedish. Maybe you’ll like this too? 7 tips to learn the Swedish language and keep your knowledge up to date

  2. Anna
    January 9, 2013 at 21:52 — Reply

    Haha, I have registered there for the same reason 😀 And it does work!

  3. Daniel
    January 11, 2013 at 11:03 — Reply

    Jag är singel 😉

  4. Alessio
    January 13, 2013 at 12:32 — Reply

    that’s super great Hilary!!!
    I also would like to suggest which gives lots of opportunities to meet people and write/speak svenska, but technically is not a “dating” site. 🙂

    • January 13, 2013 at 22:57 — Reply is ok, I didn’t like that their flash card set had some errors in basic Swedish. And any site where two languages overlap (English & Swedish) you are going to find yourself speaking less Swedish.

      Livemocha is good, but you won’t get the full experience of diving into full on Swedish head first!

  5. Kara
    January 31, 2013 at 17:33 — Reply

    This is a great idea! If you don’t live in Sweden, what did you enter for your area/city? There isn’t an option for “none” or “abroad”!

    • February 1, 2013 at 15:21 — Reply

      Hi Kara. I picked the area I wanted to live, Lulea, and then realized there aren’t many people in that region. So I switched to Stockholm 🙂

  6. Rik
    August 24, 2013 at 07:24 — Reply

    Jeg snakke Norsk, men ikke sa myre Svenska. Men jeg er ikke en ung man for mange Jente hvis laeste hva jeg skrivte her. Jeg er pa Men navn pa det er: KarlOskarMN. Har det bra!

  7. Anne
    September 27, 2015 at 08:19 — Reply

    Hey, I have tried Happy pancakes in the past, and was dumb enough to use a profile pic on there that i usually use on my other social medias (live in the US), they found out and blocked me. Did you just take a picture and used only that picture for happy pancakes, and make all other social media accounts private? Just curious how people get through that part. I’m trying to get back out there and learn swedish again

    • September 28, 2015 at 13:20 — Reply

      Have you tried contacting Happy Pancake on that? I’m not sure why they would ban you if you can use it on US social media sites. It shouldn’t be original, but I haven’t been on there in forever. I’d recommend reaching out to them. Another great time to practice Swedish!

  8. Charles
    March 17, 2017 at 04:12 — Reply

    Its cool idea. Never think about that as of one of the toold to learn new language. Thanks for advice and I will definitely try it too!

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Hilary lived two years in Norrland, Sweden (Northern Sweden) and fell in love with the country. While she now lives in a place that is the complete opposite of Sweden (Arizona), she constantly tries to bring Sweden to the desert.