Italians trail behind in the loving stakes

Italians trail behind in the loving stakes
The majority of Italian men will have summer romances. Photo: Jon Rawlinson/Flickr
Italians and Spaniards have lived up to their reputation of being among the continent's biggest heartthrobs, although a surprise candidate from northern Europe tops the table for summer loving.

Whether it's because they try harder or it’s in their genes, it comes as no surprise that single men from Italy and Spain are more likely to have a summer romance than most of their European counterparts.

But a new study by dating agency Meetic shows that Norwegian men are the biggest heartthrobs in the continent, with 74 percent stating at least one lucky lady had fallen into their love trap during the sweltering summer months.

Spaniards and Italians followed closely behind in the ranks, with 65 and 61 percent respectively.

"A sense of humour is key for a summer relationship to live on," says María Garay, Dating coach at Meetic.

Dare we say this might be a reason why German singles are at the bottom of the table, with only 27 percent of men saying they’d had a holiday romance in the past?

In any case, Meetic’s study found that most relationships don’t last into the autumn, with a mere 13 percent reaching the six-month mark and an even lower 11 percent lasting a full year.

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