"The problem is that [young] women are beginning to be more educated than men and struggle to find men of similar educational background. The phenomenon is manifested in marriage statistics: Finnish women in their 20s and 30s not only marry foreign men much earlier than Finnish men marry foreign women, they also do so in growing numbers."Unforgettable" Although no statistics on dating or pairing up are available, many foreign men have encountered the phenomenon first hand.
"I took at least one woman back to my place every week." Attractive stereotypes Luchino Sivori noticed the same during his recent one-year stay in Finland, although he did not respond to the flirting because his girlfriend was waiting for him in Spain.
The 31-year-old Spaniard estimates that the interest may stem from the fact that Finnish men are not as willing to talk about feelings, sex and love.
"They don't simply stare from a corner without saying a word but come up to talk to you," she highlights.
"Naturally, I'm not claiming that all Finnish men are tongue-tied." Lotta, a 29-year-old woman from Helsinki who has had an Italian partner and is currently dating a Frenchman, is similarly more prone to fall for a foreign man.
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In the end, what is crucial is his character, not his country of origin – although foreign men are often so much better-looking," concedes Saara.
Regardless, neither are willing to move abroad with their partners, at least not without a job.
"Studies show that Finnish women are not interested in moving abroad, not even for love.
They would rather live here with a foreign partner," says Säävälä.
Both Lotta and Saara are looking for a long-term relationship.