Don't expect sophisticated romance though, as it's not unusual for an inebriated Swede to immediately ask the woman who has caught his eye if she wants to have sex.
On the other hand, dating expert Jean-Baptiste Trannoy advises that more subtle flirting is well-received by the Swedes precisely because it's less common practice.
"At home (the US) you just stand there and they come to you.
Here you have to be more aggressive," said Cantina, who was voted 'biggest flirt' in high school.
English male flirting tends to be very circuitous, and involves a lot of insults rather than compliments," said Fox.
"I've had to explain lots of times to foreign friends that 'silly cow' can really be a term of endearment," added the Oxford-based researcher who has just published a book .
For example, knowing when an innocent flirt has crossed the boundaries into sexual harassment is not always obvious, though Fox said that as soon as you begin to get negative signals it's time to back off.
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But it's also important to be aware of ongoing debates about street harassment in French cities, says Jean-Baptiste, and such approaches should be done in a tactful manner; cat-calling should not be confused for flirting. It can mean persuading someone to go to bed with you, yes, but it is also used more generally in the sense of charming other people of either sex."Basically we are descended from a long line of successful flirts and it is hard-wired into our brains," social anthropologist Kate Fox told ."If we didn't initiate contact with the opposite sex, then we wouldn't reproduce, and the species would die out." Those searching for a soul mate or just for a bit of fun may welcome some guidelines to help sharpen their skills, ready for a bit of banter and eyelash battering all in the hope of catching one of cupid's arrows. For the subtle rules of flirting vary so much, that foreigners are often caught unawares unsure if they are being courted or insulted.British girls, used to the drunken pub environment back home, can be taken aback during trips across the Channel to France unused to a sudden rush of compliments and open flirtation."Frenchmen are less sexually obvious, there is less banter and they are more direct.Expatica makes every effort to ensure its articles are as comprehensive, accurate and up-to-date as possible, but we're also grateful for any help!