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Sex survey shows Swiss score 103 times a year

The Swiss enjoy their sex, but they aren't so enthusiastic about condom use. Federal Health Office

The Swiss have a respectable record when it comes to making love, according to a worldwide sex survey, which included Switzerland for the first time.

This content was published on October 12, 2004 - 14:14

Swiss couples have sex 103 times a year, which is about average in comparison with other countries, but no match for the amorous French, who do it 137 times.

The “Global Sex Survey”, released on Tuesday, questioned 350,000 adults in 41 countries about their sexual activities, and gave the Swiss a score of 11, which it described as “outstanding”.

Living up to their reputation, the lustful French topped the list, pushing last year’s winners – the sex-hungry Hungarians – into second place. But frolicking in the boudoirs of Budapest still takes place 131 times a year.

The Japanese scored least of all nations surveyed – the kimonos come off only 46 times a year, although perhaps the Japanese were simply more honest or modest than the rest of the world.

Foreplay

The Swiss really came into their own on the question of foreplay. The average time spent getting into the mood for all countries was 19.7 minutes. But the sedate Swiss showed no inclination to rush things, spending 21.3 minutes engaged in this activity before getting down to business.

The Germans were even more disciplined, spending 22.2 minutes on foreplay. By contrast, the Thais abandoned all restraint after just 11.5 minutes, making them the world’s fastest love-makers.

The pregnant issue of promiscuity also featured in the survey. And here the Chinese lead the world, with the average person claiming to have had 19.3 different sexual partners, compared with a worldwide average of 10.5.

The more faithful Swiss notched up just 9.6 partners, but again honesty or modesty may have been a factor here.

Most sexy

A survey of this nature would hardly have been complete without asking what it is that makes people most attractive sexually.

The usual “tight bottom” on men was the most widely recorded answer – from 15 per cent of respondents worldwide – followed by face and eyes, in the case of the Swiss.

Money, hair colour and age did not feature in the sex equation, although the world’s sexiest people – according to the survey – are certainly well-endowed with the first, and less so with the last.

A night in with Angelina Jolie or Jennifer Lopez is men’s idea of heaven, while Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp would have little trouble being admitted to the bedrooms of most women.

Aids

More than a third of Swiss (36 per cent) admitted to having unprotected sex with partners whose previous sex lives they knew little about, compared with a worldwide average of 35 per cent.

Far less careful were the Swedes and the Danes, 64 per cent of whom said they had had sex with strangers without using a condom.

Some 73 per cent of Swiss said the risk of HIV/Aids was their primary concern when it came to sex, with 19 per cent saying they were worried about unplanned pregnancies.

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Key facts

The Swiss have sex about as often as people in other countries, but spend a little longer engaged in foreplay.
The French make love more often than anyone else, according to themselves.
The Swiss admit to having 9.6 different partners, compared with 19.3 for the Chinese.

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In brief

The “Global Sex Survey”, commissioned by condom makers, Durex, questioned 350,000 adults in 41 countries.

The survey focused on: frequency of sex, duration of foreplay, number of partners, partners’ attractiveness and HIV/Aids.

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