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HALLE, Germany, Nov 27, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) -- East German men have had a reputation for being glum and dressing unfashionably, and many women from the former East Germany are fleeing to West.

Men outnumber women by three to one in some eastern regions of Germany, after many women left in search of a better life in the West, reported the Sunday Telegraph.

In some villages, men have only the slenderest chance of finding a wife -- 45 of the 140 inhabitants ages 18 to 29 are women.

Some of the hardest hit villages are trying to woo woman with free housing, subsidized rent and complete refurbishment of their houses, but if they will woo men in return, is uncertain.

"There is pressure everywhere as men either stay unemployed or try, but fail, to succeed," said said Frank Krueger of Halley. "Many then come home and take this out on their wife and family -- I've been guilty of it and it's really bad."


Copyright 2005 by United Press International

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