Alongside the internet dating revolution, these “playfairs” are evidence of a potentially dramatic shift in British marriage.
They are being replaced by what the Finns call “phenomenon” teaching – or teaching by topic.
Politicians and education experts from around the world – including the UK – have made pilgrimages to Helsinki in the hope of identifying and replicating the secret of its success.
Which makes it all the more remarkable that Finland is about to embark on one of the most radical education reform programmes ever undertaken by a nation state – scrapping traditional “teaching by subject” in favour of “teaching by topic”.
"Unforgettable" Although no statistics on dating or pairing up are available, many foreign men have encountered the phenomenon first hand.
Todd, a 25-year-old engineer from Australia, describes his recent nine-week business trip to Finland as unforgettable.