An anonymous reader posted a link to sex ratios in Europe. The data is from 2011, so it's not entirely up-to-date, but it is interesting nonetheless:
I am hardly an expert on the demographics of all European countries, but there are some observations and an explanation that is possibly generally valid. Note how East Germany suffers a deficit of women almost everywhere, with one exception: Berlin. The North of Sweden, a cold and dark place, is likewise missing women. Further, in England we see a situation not quite unlike Eastern Germany: women flock to the prosperous South East.
At birth, sex ratios are approximately even. Thus, any distortions are normally due to people moving. The main reason for there being more women than men is, by the way, due to women living longer and men killing themselves in whatever way. This includes higher suicide rates, but also deaths due to not being able to handle testosterone, i.e. dangerous behavior.
From what I know about sociology and demographics, there seems to be a tendency for young women, whether educated or not, to move to more prosperous regions. This may partly be due to young women, even uneducated ones, having many more options than uneducated young men. There is an abundance of au pair positions, and then there are business sectors like hospitality or gastronomy, which gladly employ young women. Many Janes know this, so they pack their bags and move to a more prosperous region, instead of settling for unemployed Tom.
Of course there is also mobility among men, but this seems much more restricted to the skilled and educated crowd. This doesn't necessarily mean that you need to have a university degree. Having learnt a trade also opens many doors. However, when I look at the data, I can't help but get the impression that this shows that immobile men are not lazy and stupid but simply don't have the same options society grants to women.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!
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