Expat males win out on finding love overseas

Published:  1 Feb at 6 PM
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A new survey has revealed some 33 per cent of men who become expats find the loves of their lives in their new countries.

The survey rated different races for their likelihood of finding a partner and making an intercultural marriage, with expats from Finland the most likely to fall in love with a local female. Over half the total of respondents already in a relationship had married interculturally, with men far more likely to meet their future spouses overseas than women.

Danes and Mexicans weren’t reluctant to date females from their new countries, with Americans, Austrians and Australians also keen to enter the dating stakes. One third of the Hungarians and Swiss expats surveyed said they would find it easy to fall in love with a local girl, should she be the right one for them.

The age of the male expats surveyed wasn’t mentioned, but online expat forums the world over seem to concentrate on retired expats who’ve tried marriage back at home with a spouse of the same nationality and ended up being divorced. Older men, it seems, choose Asian retirement destinations such as Thailand and the Philippines as there seems to be no difficulty finding and marrying local girls much younger than themselves. A considerable proportion of male retirees simply arrive, remarry, have children by their much younger wives and continue to support their wife’s family as part of the deal. It’s an ‘everyone’s happy’ situation, and the relationships seem to last.

Single or widowed women, however, are in a very different position, even although the survey records a relatively small difference of nine per cent between expat men’s and expat women’s likelihood of being single. It does mention some 12 per cent of single expats are unhappy, but doesn’t split the figure between the two sexes. In many overseas expat hubs, the only social scene for older single females is with other females, with little chance of meeting a possible life partner who isn’t already taken!
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