From the late 13th century, Finland gradually became an integral part of Sweden through the crusades and the Swedish part-colonisation of coastal Finland, a legacy reflected in the prevalence of the Swedish language and its official status.
"With Southern European men, it's easier to talk about anything during daytime.
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.
"I would rather want a man for a long-term relationship than for a fling.
In the end, what is crucial is his character, not his country of origin – although foreign men are often so much better-looking," concedes Saara.Foreign men are in high demand particularly in the capital region and other university cities as young women struggle to find viable partner candidates among Finnish men, says Minna Säävälä, a senior researcher at the Family Federation of Finland.