Does this Map show the Best Countries for Game?

My job with Love Systems takes me around the world on a pretty regular basis, in the past 7 years I’ve taught or gamed in Tokyo, Amsterdam, Munich, Prague, London, Mexico City, Monaco, Frankfurt, Paris, Dublin and all over the UK, Australia and Canada. And one question that comes up pretty regularly from guys I meet is “What are the best countries for game?”.

Personally, I’ve found that the stuff we teach at Love Systems works pretty consistently all across the world. There are obviously local cultural differences that need to be taken into consideration, but in the end, women around the world all find themselves attracted to men who are assertive (by their cultural standards), who move things forward, who carry themselves with confidence, and who understand the social dynamics of the interaction – all things Love Systems teach in our bootcamps.

That said, there’s a pretty broad consensus amongst the Love Systems instructors that some places are easier and more fun to game in than others. Stockholm is a favorite, as are Montreal and Austin. I just got back from Chicago and I might be adding that city to my list of favorites.

But what’s interesting is that I came across this map in the Washington Post, and it almost perfectly represents the consensus amongst the guys I’ve talked to about their experiences picking up and meeting women around the world.

Basically, it’s a map of the best countries for game.


Map of the best countries for game

The Best Countries for Game


The map is from a World Economic Forum Tourism Report, measuring the openness of different countries to foreign visitors, and there are some interesting observations that fit perfectly with my, and other Love Systems instructor’s experiences.

For example:

  1. Canada is slightly better than the United States. 
  2. Brazil is better than Argentina
  3. Sweden beats out Norway
  4. South Korea is really tough, but Japan is much easier.
  5. I’ve never been to Denmark, but Roosh says it’s terrible.
  6. Ireland is friendlier than the UK
  7. Estonia is great, Latvia and Lithuania are bad.
  8. Hungary is rough.

It also makes obvious sense that a country that was more open to foreigners would be a better place for a foreigner like myself to game than a place that was less open. Also, openness to foreigners probably indicates a higher level of openness to strangers and new experiences in general, which would make cold-approach pickup more effective.

What would be even more interesting to know is how this data breaks down on a city level. Especially in big countries like the United States, there are significant cultural and attitude differences from city to city and from state to state. My guess is that if you were to do a survey like this on the US, you would find a pretty wide divergence from city to city, with places like Austin, New York and LA scoring much higher than cities like Seattle, San Francisco or DC (which are considered tougher cities by most of the guys at Love Systems).

One last note though: one thing I’ve found is that guys who are carrying around negative emotions around women and their dating life almost always are convinced that the city they live in is the worst place in the world for picking up. As with all limiting beliefs, this belief is a little bit true, and mostly bullshit. Some cities are harder, other cities are easier. Either deal with it, or move. Whatever you do, the worst thing you can do for your mental state and your game is to carry around a negative attitude towards the city you live in. Or put another way,

If you can’t have the city you love, love the one you’ve got.


About Chris Shepherd

Chris Shepherd is a dating coach operating out of Montreal. He is a founder of Love Systems, the world's largest dating coaching company for men. He likes Led Zeppelin, greek philosophy and Hemingway, and hates bad dates, mediocrity and douchebags. He recommends the book Magic Bullets for men who want to improve their success with women.


  1. Hi Chris!

    This is a really interesting topic and one that I’ve been discussing at length with a lot of my other friends lately. Having traveled from one side of the planet to the other, I would agree that most of the findings are correct. Canada, the US and certain parts of Europe tend have women who are very open to being approached by men (and open to dating in general). However, I would disagree with what the map says about Australia. Women here are ‘polite’ but not friendly. Big difference. In Melbourne – where I’m from – the women here are cold, ultra conservative, and withdrawn. Girls here only date within their immediate social circle and outsiders are viewed with suspicion and contempt. Sydney and Brisbane are easier to cities to meet women in comparison but only by virtue of the fact that both cities have a large transient tourist populations. Message to eligible men: Stay away from Australia.

    I know you’ve been here before. Thoughts?

    • I’ve found that Australia is not quite as open as Canada and less open than the better cities in the US. I always liked Melbourne better than Sydney though. Honestly, I think it matters a lot more where you go in a particular city than the city itself. The friendliest bar in Melbourne will be more open and easier to game than the most uptight bar in Montreal.

  2. These kinds of studies are interesting, but there are just way too many factors for it to be useful for an individual guy. Except at the extremes (i.e. the absolute most welcoming/ sexually liberated vs the absolute least).

    Roosh doesn’t like Nordic women because he says they are the most “masculine” in the world whatever that means. The boys at love the Nordics. This map shows Canada as one of the most welcoming/ best for game. Yet Roosh had a post recently lacerating Toronto (the biggest city in Canada) as the worst on earth for men. He got so many comments on that article it broke the server.

    Here’s an interesting one too: this map places Saudi Arabia and China on the same level. Really? Is getting laid in China equally as hard as getting laid in Saudi? Need I say more lol.

    Russia–same thing. The Russians are quite modern when it comes to sexual attitudes, far more liberal than Americans, yet they are ranked on the same level as Iran and Saudi Arabia in the map. The guys actually love Russia.

    I think it really just comes down to personal taste, personal skill and the connection/ chemistry you have with an individual girl. (Barring any extreme conditions like premarital sex being outlawed and whatnot)

  3. Canadian Lad says:

    Hi Chris,

    Although it says Canadians are super friendly, I’ve heard Toronto is a tough place to pick up. How does T.O stack up against other cities?

    • Yeah, I’ve heard that too. Honestly, I think it’s a bunch of butthurt. Toronto is not a particularly easy city, harder than Montreal or Calgary or other smaller cities in Canada, but it’s not the worst place in the world by a long shot.

  4. Nice breakdown of global hotspots to game in TM.

    BTW, I’m currently listening to an old interview of you and Cajun on the PUA podcast show with the Harbingers. It’s a classic.

  5. Yemen is extremely good for pickup?? Is there any explanation of some of the stranger calls represented on this map?


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