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 15 countries where men have difficulties finding a wife due to a shortage of women.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.