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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…

Dating.

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

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Norway suspends virus-tracing app after privacy concerns

Norway's health authorities said on Monday they had suspended an app designed to help trace the spread of the new coronavirus after the national data protection agency said it was too invasive of privacy.

Norway suspends virus-tracing app after privacy concerns
The Smittestopp app has alarmed privacy campaigners. Photo: Mostphotos / Farknot Architect/Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Launched in April, the smartphone app Smittestopp (“Infection stop”) was set up to collect movement data to help authorities trace the spread of COVID-19, and inform users if they had been exposed to someone carrying the novel coronavirus.
   
On Friday, the data agency, Datatilsynet, issued a warning that it would stop the Norwegian Institute of Public Health from handling data collected via Smittestopp.
   
Datatilsynet said the limited spread of coronavirus in Norway, as well the app's limited effectiveness due to the small number of people actually using it, meant the invasion of privacy resulting from its use was disproportionate.
 
 
Camilla Stoltenberg, the public health institute's director, said she did not agree with that assessment, but the institute would now delete all the app's data and suspend its work.
   
Stoltenberg said this weakened Norway's response to the spread of coronavirus. “The pandemic is not over,” she said.
   
 
Some 600,000 of Norway's 5.4 million inhabitants had been using the app.
 
Developed in Norway and downloadable on a voluntary basis, the application used centralised data storage, as is planned in France and the UK.   
 
Norway, where the coronavirus deaths totalled 242 as of last week, is now seeing only a handful of new infection cases a day.
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