So far I think that the love guarantee is the funniest thing I’ve heard about Trondheim. Yes, it is real.
So what is the love guarantee? I know that was my question when I first heard about it, and the answer is that the city of Trondheim guarantees that its students will find love. Oddly enough it’s the city making the guarantee and not the local university. Trondheim is very much a college town and the logic behind the guarantee seems to be that because 20% of Trondheim’s population is made up of students the odds are in your favor.
HOWEVER, there is some fine print regarding the guarantee:
“In order for the Love Guarantee to apply, you have to do some effort on your own as well. You must act nice, at least most of the time, and be relatively clean. You also have to get out of the reading room and out of your house every once in a while. Going to the groceries or the post office does not count. It is said to definitely help if you cross the bridge called “Lykkens Portal” (The portal of happiness) or strut down the Nordre Street at least a couple of times a week. You also need to be willing to engage in some extracurricular activities. There`s an endless number of student organizations and things to get involved in as a student in Trondheim. There are a wide range of student interest groups such as university press and broadcasting, film clubs, different festivals (for instance UKA – the largest music festival in Norway, or ISFIT – the largest student festival in the world), theatre, the student society house “Samfundet,” and more than 50 different organized sports activities for students. If you do not find what you are looking for, there is always room for more so do not hesitate to start your own organization or activity group. Finding someone to share an interest with might be the very first step towards sharing romantic dinners…” (The Love Guarantee)
The city has received a complaint letter or two (hence the fine print) but their stance towards those who have been unsuccessful is generally that the complainers simply haven’t put in enough effort for the guarantee to work (Rejected Complaints with a Poem).
I originally heard about the love guarantee from Alix so I decided to ask a Norwegian friend about it to see if it was widely know within Norway. My friend quickly told me that Trondheim’s love guarantee is common knowledge and that the city has even organized speed dating to facilitate new romances. While I personally don’t feel like testing out the love guarantee this year, I look forward to seeing how accurate is for some of my friends.