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8 Things You Need to Know About Dating Someone From Georgia

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Writer
Updated: 26 March 2018
Dating in your native country can be frustrating, much less dating in a foreign country. Georgia has its own culture and customs, so here are few things to consider if you’re dating a Georgian, but keep in mind that these are general observations, and everyone is different, even if they’re from the same place.

Traditional Ways of Meeting are Still Common

In the digital era, meeting someone at bars, cafés, or restaurants might seem outdated. However, in Georgia, that’s not the case. It’s still common to strike up conversation with someone at the bar while waiting for your drink. However, it’s also possible to meet someone in a more modern way, such as getting to know them through social networks, including Facebook, Instagram, or Tinder.

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You can easily meet someone in a bar | © PROrobmadeo / Flickr

Expect A Lot of Compliments

Georgian men like to give compliments to the people they are dating, so expect to constantly hear about how beautiful you are. They might even say, “You are my world/life” much more than you’d expect.

Expect an Awkward Pickup Line

Yes, once you’re dating, Georgian men will shower you with compliments, but in the very beginning, it seems they’re rarely smooth operators. Many aren’t sure of the best ways to pick up a dating prospect. There are a few out there who are, but don’t be surprised if the first thing that comes out of their mouths is a cheesy pickup line.

Don’t Expect to Split the Check

If a Georgian man asks you to go on a date, it automatically means that he will pay for the entire thing—maybe even for your taxi ride back home. Georgia is a patriarchal community, thus it’s an unwritten rule that men should take care of a their dates and treat them respectfully.

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Expect the guy to pay the bill on a date | © Wyatt Fisher / Flickr

Georgians Don’t Date Multiple People at Once

If you are dating a Georgian man or woman, being exclusive goes without saying. However, this is more so assumed by a man when he is dating a woman, as the society is still quite patriarchal, and men are more likely to automatically assume that if they are dating a woman, she’s not dating anyone else—even if that seems ridiculous.

Beards are the New Black

Every second male in Georgia has a beard. Even though beards are a popular trend all over the world, it’s a bit different here, as much of the time it’s just a lame excuse to be lazy. Although there are guys who really take care of their beards, and it definitely suits them, if we must generalize, laziness is often the reason.

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Having a beard in Georgia is fashionable | © Mr Seb / Flickr

Adults Often Live With Their Parents

Men and women live with their parents until they get married, and sometimes even after, too. It’s a cultural and economical thing. Renting an apartment in Tbilisi can get quite expensive, and salaries are not high. Living with your parents has some perks, but it can get tricky when you’re dating someone. Therefore, if you are thinking of taking your relationship to next level, be prepared to look for alternatives to going back to your date’s place.

And, You Might Meet the Parents Early On

Depending on their relationship with their parents, it’s likely that your date might want you to meet them within the first few weeks of dating. When you are invited to meet the parents, expect that there will be more than just the four of you at dinner—aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and other close relatives might join. Georgians are very hospitable and will make sure you feel comfortable in their home.