Very interesting. The situation in Finland is exactly the same. Most of the ex-pats I've known here in Finland tend to leave after 6 months or so. I think this explains why Finland has got the lowest foreign population percentage)in the whole of the EU (the old 15) Nearly all of these ex-pats have been very well qualified. Its such a shame (for the Finns too, most are in desperate need of enlightenment). However, the prospects for foreign teachers who want to find work in Finland is a little better, especially if your first language is English. There are some Finnish Headteachers who are prepared to consider employing foreign teachers, but they are few are far between. By the way, even if you can get a job, expect to be stared and cursed at in the supermarket, for commiting the hideous crime of speaking English to your little kiddie in a built up area.