Demography is a strange thing. In one country, the female population strongly outweighs the male; in some others, there are more men. The scales are tilted by migrants, housing problems, and even mentality.

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The world’s population ratio between men and women has fluctuated over the course of history, with each gender trading positions. Today, the ratio between single males and females has remained relatively equal, but within certain countries there has been a wide gap. There are several explanations for this, including the violent treatment of women, wars that have resulted in mass migration and gender inequality that has caused women to leave their home countries for better work opportunities. With that,

Here is a look at 14 countries where men have difficulties finding a wife due to a shortage of women.

1. Iceland

When you think of Iceland, two things usually come to mind: it is full of ice (lies!) and Bjork is literally the only person of note to ever come from there (okay, that’s probably true). But there is another factoid worth pointing out: Iceland has too many men. Or too few women. Currently, there are 1.7% more male inhabitants, which means a lot of men are having lonely, candle-lit dinners by themselves. There was once a rumor that the government was offering foreign women $5,000 to marry Icelandic men under the condition that they settle there. It turned out to be false, with the government even coming out with a statement denying such a thing. Well, ladies, you can still dream can’t you?

2. Libya

With a population that includes 1.07 males for every 1 females, Libya has the widest ratio in Africa. The country has been engaged in a drawn-out civil war for several years, leading to the exodus of otherwise vulnerable women. Add to this the traditionally restrictive role of women in Libyan society and it is not a surprise that many are not sticking around to marry their male compatriots.

3. Canada

In Canada, there are 250,000 more men than women. This has to do with the fact that women often leave for other countries to work and don’t return to their homeland.

4. Norway

In recent years the population of men has overtaken women in Norway, largely attributed to immigration. As it stands, there are around 12,000 more single men in the country. As one of the most liberal, equal countries in the world, there are some concerns that the gender population gap in favor of males will threaten some of the progress that women have made in recent decades. Only time will tell.

5. China

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While the difference of gender at birth has been decreasing in the country over the past decade, China still boasts the world’s most skewed sex ratio at birth at around 114 males born for every 100 females as of 2019

In China, there are 34 million more men than women.

6. Cyprus

Notwithstanding large migrant inflows, there’s still a shortage of women in Cyprus.

7. Finland

In Finland, according to statistics, 256,000 men aged from 25 to 54 don’t have a date.

8. Iran

For the first time in the country’s history, males in Iran outnumber females. One factor has been that Iranian women are highly educated and often seek out work abroad that matches their skills. Add to this a reluctance for modern Iranian women to marry and start a family before they have established their careers, and you can see why Iranian men are having difficulty finding love.

9. Switzerland

As in Sweden, the odds in favor of the male population in Switzerland are explained by migratory flows.

In 2020, male to female ratio for Switzerland was 98.46 males per 100 females. Male to female ratio of Switzerland increased from 93.02 males per 100 females in 1950 to 98.46 males per 100 females in 2020 growing at an average annual rate of 0.41%.

10.  Sweden

The excess of men is connected with a large influx of refugees. At the moment, there are almost 15,000 fewer women in Sweden.

Sweden male to female ratio was at level of 100.37 males per 100 females in 2020, up from 99.93 males per 100 females in 2015, this is a change of 0.44%.

11. Philippines

One of the poorest countries in the Pacific, Filipino women are leaving for work abroad in Australia, Asia and even the Middle East. As a result, the ratio between men and women (currently 1.02 to 1) is growing wider. Recent statistics also indicate that the number of couples getting married has fallen, providing further evidence that the issue could be related to the shortage of females.

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12.  India

In India, under the age of 24, there are 110 men for every 100 women.

13. England

In England, there is no stereotype that a woman should earn less than a man. Therefore, young ladies have great careers and often move abroad for work

14. Italy

Italian women rarely see themselves as housewives and seek to develop a career. Young ladies often move to other countries to work or study

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