Faroe Islands' local men seek wives from the Philippines

    Ladies, if you’ve given up on finding a partner in the Philippines, perhaps you need to go the distance. Faroe Islands is running out of women and local men are actively searching for partners from the Philippines.

    Due to shortage of women in Faroe Islands, a Denmark-based islands located between Norway and Iceland, local men are increasingly seeking potential wives from countries like the Philippines and Thailand.

    Faroe Islands local men seek wives from the Philippines
    Photo Credit: BBC

    With a humble population of only 50,000 which is further decreasing, there are about 2,000 less women than men in this island. As a result, Faroese men are looking beyond the islands for love. In fact, many of them have found their spouses, mostly Asians, through online dating websites, social media networks and other existing Asian-Faroese couples.

    Faroe Islands local men seek wives from the Philippines
    Photo Credit: BBC

    Currently, there are over 300 ladies from Thailand and the Philippines thriving in the islands.

    While Faroe Islands may seem like the perfect escape from reality, many newcomers initially found it hard to cope with the islands’ very different weather, landscape and culture.

    Faroe Islands local men seek wives from the Philippines
    Photo Credit: BBC

    Its wet, cool climate can be very challenging for people particularly from a tropical country as a good summer day could have a temperature of 16°C.

    In terms of food, Faroese prefer dried cod, fermented mutton and occasional whale meat and blubber. Asians would definitely miss their traditional cuisine as traditional herbs and spices in the region are not available in this area.

    Moreover, immigrants have to learn the Faroes’ own language which is derived from Old Norse as many villagers don’t speak English.

    Despite the difficulties of living and adjusting to an entirely different environment, Pinay Antonette Egholm said she didn’t encounter any bad experiences when she moved to the island.

    She told BBC: “I’ve never experienced any negative reactions to my being a foreigner. I lived in metro Manila and there we worried about traffic and pollution and crime. Here we don't need to worry about locking the house, and things like healthcare and education are free. At home we have to pay. And here you can just call spontaneously at someone's house, it's not formal. For me, it feels like the Philippines in that way.”

    — Mini, The Summit Express
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