These range from affairs between work colleagues lasting years to holiday flings lasting a few days.Almost half of Finnish men and almost one third of Finnish women have had at least one significant parallel relationship.Here, couples endure the challenges of child care, work pressures, mid‑life crisis and dwindling marital sex against a backdrop of repressive Anglo-Saxon hang‑ups about infidelity, seen always in pejorative terms such as “cheating”. Statistics confirm that British and American divorce rates are among the highest in the world.Around half of American first marriages end in divorce, closely followed by a third of first British marriages, floundering under unrealistic pressures, often celibate marital beds and drastic overreactions to infidelities.This killjoy attitude frames affairs as deviant escapism and fantasies without merit for people who have failed to grow up.Counsellors form a kind of emotional and intellectual police intent on keeping the door to infidelity locked.I have always been baffled by the sour and rigid English view of affairs.
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As dating websites open up a global shop window of sexual possibilities, as life expectancy continues to rise and we become increasingly sexually aware, how can we still take the crushing old rules of fidelity, that turn marriage into a prison, for granted?
Yet marriage is a protected and respected institution in these countries, where families can function and flourish without compromise.