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The Short Version: Finding love isn’t always as easy as chatting up a neighbor. Sometimes singles have to travel great distances to find the person they’re meant to be with for life. Interkontakt.net makes it easier to expand your search for romance to an international network of active daters. Since 2006, the dating site has provided a space where relationship-minded Western men can meet worldly Eastern European women in Russia, the Ukraine, and Poland. Interkontakt now has nearly 300,000 active users worldwide. You can sign up to the website (or download the app) for free and start chatting away with attractive and eligible dates willing to go out of their way to be with that special someone.
One of my closest friends has been ready to get married pretty much since birth. That’s the life he wants for himself. Wife. Kids. The whole nine yards. He has practically proposed to every girl he’s gone out with since college, but they were all commitment-shy, so he graduated medical school still unattached.
Sometimes it doesn’t matter how great a person you are or how much you want to be in a couple — you might just be meeting the wrong people in your daily life. You need a partner who’s on the same page with you about family values, and that person may not happen to be sitting next to you in class or on the bus. He or she might be thousands of miles away.
Fortunately, a niche dating network can bridge that physical distance and bring people together based on mutual interest. While daters were once confined to only dating people in their immediate vicinity, we now have virtually unlimited options on international dating sites, such as Interkontakt.net.
Launched in 2006, Interkontakt created a welcoming space for single ladies in Russia, the Ukraine, and Poland as well as men who want to date internationally. The dating site has over a half a million registered members and nearly 300,000 are active monthly users from countries around the world.
Stefan Fröhling, Founder of Interkontakt as well as many other niche dating platforms, told us the purpose of Interkontakt is to make it easier to meet people who want to date and build relationships.
The Germany-based team works hard to meet the ever-changing and diverse needs of single men, women, and ladyboys around the world. Recently, they launched a global dating app called Kisses Dating on Google Play and expect to have it available for iPhone devices within the next couple weeks. It’s free to download and currently boasts a 4.4 rating on Google Play.
“So many people don’t have the means or opportunities to meet people,” Stefan said. “Dating sites, like Interkontakt, may be their only chance to meet somebody, especially when it comes to international relationships.”
It took me less than five minutes to register and create a profile on Interkontakt. The seven-step process is straightforward and offers a good balance of required basic facts and optional personal details. For instance, you’re required to post your height and weight, but you can skip sections about your hair color, education, job, religion, and smoking or drinking habits.
Adding a photo is also optional but highly encouraged because users with photos have more credibility and receive more messages.
You have the chance to show off your personality in an open-ended bio section, and you can also be clear about your relationship and life priorities by ranking (on a scale of one to five hearts) how important romance, hobbies, trust, intimacy, and common friends are to you.
Because Interkontakt serves an international base of singles, you can post in your profile if you’re willing to relocate for a relationship and what language(s) you speak. Of course, the dating site supports a free online translation system through Google Translate, so you won’t find a language barrier when chatting with members online. The site will automatically translate all messages and profile descriptions.
Subscribed Interkontakt members receive unlimited communication, via email or chat, on the dating site. That means you can talk as much as you want for as long as you want. Only subscribed members can send replies, so don’t be discouraged if that cutie online doesn’t get back with you — he or she might be a free member biding their time before upgrading to Gold Membership.
You can filter your matches by gender, children, age, height, and nationality and block messages from people who don’t meet your dating criteria. For instance, if you don’t want to hear from singles in a particular country, mark that down in your match preferences, and Interkontakt will hide incoming messages from unwanted people.
This streamlined system fosters mutual attraction between singles who have similar backgrounds, priorities, and relationship goals.
A German man named Andre met Irina, who lived in the Ukraine, on Interkontakt in 2012, and they got married in Germany in June 2016. “We are in love and married,” they wrote. “It is a success story… and we wish others the same success.”
Interkontakt has a series of safeguards in place to ensure members stay safe while mingling on the site. For example, the photo guidelines keep people from uploading fake or inappropriate photos of themselves. Any cartoons, celebrity photos, or stock images will be removed from the site. All photos must be 240 pixels by 240 pixels or larger. Photos with personal data (i.e. telephone number or address) are not permitted on the site.
You can upload photos from your desktop, email, or mobile device, or you can pull them from a social media website, including Facebook and Instagram.
“We do our best to protect members from scammers by verifying photos and tracking messages,” Stefan said. “We track IP addresses to prevent scammers we’ve blocked from registering again on the site.
“I would like to say thank you so much for this site for helping me to find my dream woman!” — Heiko, a German single who met his wife online
If you have any questions about online fraud, including how to recognize a scammer or how to report a scammer, you can read Interkontakt’s scammer and fraud information page. The site recommends certain common-sense tips to avoid being deceived, including never sending money to anyone you have met online. You can report unsavory behavior on Interkontakt using the Complain button visible at the top of all profiles.
The dating site’s team does everything they can to block unsavory characters and make the site a safe and pleasant place to build long-distance and cross-cultural relationships.
In the words of the Interkontakt website: “Our team hopes that all members will come together and learn to enjoy our service, and, above all, we wish that you will really find a great love here.”
When you’re dating for keeps, it’s not always easy to find the right sort of people and stay hopeful that you’re going to find that special someone. My friend has tried time and time again to make it work, but he’s found today’s swipe-crazed dating pool to be more frustrating than helpful.
Fortunately, global dating networks, like Interkontakt, provide relationship-minded and fun-loving singles with a world of dating opportunities. You can sign up for free to see what the dating site is all about and then start your journey toward an international connection. Interkontakt has given thousands of singles the chance to flirt with Eastern European women, build cross-continental relationships, and find happiness in their daily lives.
“The good thing about this business is that sometimes you can make someone happy,” Stefan said. “That’s what motivates our team.”