"I've tried to explain to my mates in Australia how easy it was to find company in Finland. You must experience it first hand." Finnish women, he estimates, must simply love the Australian accent as they were not afraid to make the initiative."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.
In her experience, foreign men are easier to talk to, better-mannered and considerate by nature.
"They don't simply stare from a corner without saying a word but come up to talk to you," she highlights.
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.
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.
"Women are perhaps drawn by the self-confidence of foreign men and partly by the stereotype of a hot Latin lover." Indeed, stereotypes may to a degree explain the popularity of foreign men, confirms Johanna Leinonen, a research coordinator at the University of Turku.
They would rather live here with a foreign partner," says Säävälä.
Are you tired of the Finland bar & club scene, coming home to an empty house, lonely tables-for-one at those romantic Finland restaurants, disastrous blind dates set up by your matchmaking friends, Finland local singles groups, singles events and meetings with no results??
"I would rather want a man for a long-term relationship than for a fling.