Introducing… the ultimate dating app for expats

Once upon a time there was an expat. The expat had moved abroad and was overjoyed with the decision. A beautiful city, an upbeat international lifestyle, learning a new language, and discovering the quirks of working abroad made each day a new and exciting challenge.

Introducing... the ultimate dating app for expats

.There was just one aspect of life which wasn’t quite working out yet…


We here at The Local are no strangers to the ups and downs of expat life. Sure, there’s plenty to celebrate about living abroad. But when it comes to dating, starting from scratch in a new country with a different dating culture doesn’t exactly make it easier to find the perfect match.

Connecting with people locally can take time, and it’s sometimes hard to know where to start.

And since so many of our readers use The Local to connect ‘locally’ with online news and communities in new countries, it seemed natural for us look at how we could also make it easier for you — our readers — to meet people offline as well.

That’s why we’ve launched a new online dating service powered by Once, the dating app that mixes high-tech with a human touch.

Some of you may have already discovered what happens when you click on the ‘Dating’ category on The Local’s menu bar (to find ‘Dating’ while viewing The Local on a mobile device, just swipe left on the menu bar).

The link takes you to a quick-and-easy download of what we think is the ultimate dating app for expats.

Rather than leaving everything to some anonymous algorithm, Once actually employs real people – hundreds of them – who handpick matches based not only on your digital profile, but also on their own ‘gut feeling’ about who might be the best match for you.

With Once, you only have to consider one potential match per day, making it easier to focus on figuring out whether that new face is one you’d like to see more of. We have enough to sort through on our screens (and in our lives) as it is – who has time to swipe through yet another feed?

Click here to download the ultimate expat dating app

And you can rest assured that a language barrier won’t derail your love life – your matches on Once will all speak English (although that may not be the only language they speak).

With nearly 4 million users across the globe, Once offers plenty of options for you to find the perfect match…and experience love at first sight, no matter where you are.

So what are you waiting for? Check out The Local’s new dating service and download the app.

After all, you only live once.

This article was produced by The Local Client Studio and sponsored by Once


What you need to know about technical error with Denmark’s Smittestop Covid-19 app

A technical issue has been detected with the Smittestop app used to help trace Covid-19 in Denmark.

What you need to know about technical error with Denmark’s Smittestop Covid-19 app
Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

The technical problem may have caused certain users not to be notified they have been close to a person infected with coronavirus, when in fact this was the case.

It is currently unknown whether the issue has been present since the app was launched in June, according to DR.

Newspaper Politiken has reported that Copenhagen city councillor Pia Allerslev found that her family did not receive warnings from the app even though she tested positive for Covid-19 and had been close to them for over 15 minutes, the requirement for the notification.

Similar situations have subsequently been reported in other media in Denmark.

“We have recently tested the app to recreate the situation and appear to have found a possible cause for (the error),” Lene Ærbo, the technical leader of the app for the Danish health ministry, told DR.

Technical staff are working to confirm the error before releasing an update, according to the broadcaster’s report.

“We can see that in some cases, where mobile phones are together for a longer period, for example people who live together, close contacts don’t get a (possible) infection notification,” Ærbo said.

She added that because Google and Apple, who developed the Danish app, update it on an ongoing basis, it was not currently possible to say whether the error has always existed.

The Smittestop app is regarded as a supplement to manual contact tracing in Denmark, which is conducted by the Danish Patient Safety Authority (Styrelsen for Patientsikkerhed).

One of its key intended functions is to identify infection chains between people who do not know each other.

Ærbo said to DR that the technical problem is limited to very close contacts – such as people in the same household – and not those for which contact had a relatively short duration.

“We can see that infection notifications are sent out for short-lived contacts. That is typically unknown contacts, so this is positive,” she said.

“But there have been challenges with household contacts and we are testing and working to improve this as soon as possible,” she added.

According to Ministry of Health figures reported by DR, 2,266 people registered their positive coronavirus test on the app between its launch and September 21st. The app has been downloaded 1,393,967 times.

App users who experience problems are advised to contact support on telephone number 44222080.

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