So, the numbers are pretty clear, but they tell only part of the story because the distribution of wealth is so uneven in most of the old Soviet Bloc that even those numbers are too rosy and poverty, in many areas grinding poverty, is a way of life for most people.
So, it's obvious how attractive a Western husband might be to an ambitious young lady.
However, the economic issues are only a part of the equation.
The vast majority of the population were peasants with few economic opportunities and virtually no political power, ruled by a Westernized elite that was often out of touch with the needs of the common people and determined to maintain their ancient privileges regardless of the costs, and maintain them they did.
For instance, France essentially abolished serfdom in 1318 at about the same time as it faded across most of Western Europe, but the institution continued in Russia until Czar Alexander I freed the serfs, more than 23,000,000 of them, in 1861 - over 500 years later!
These bleak economic and political conditions and the often unforgiving climate led to the development of a culture that was at it's core more pessimistic and more patriarchal than in Western Europe.
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Why do women do so many women from Eastern Europe want to marry foreign men?
This is one of the most common questions that men ask about the international dating industry, but the answer is simple.
The women signing up for international dating agencies know that they will almost certainly have a better quality of life in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or any other highly developed country than they would if they remained in the old Soviet Bloc. According to the CIA World Factbook, in 2008 after nearly a decade of robust economic growth the estimated average GDP of Russia was ,800, in the Ukraine in it was ,900, and in Moldova, for those of you who know where Moldova is, it was a measly ,500.
By comparison, in the United Kingdom the average GDP was estimated at ,400, at ,300 in Australia, at ,200 in Canada, and at ,000 in the United State.