French men voted worlds 4th best Lovers & Russians too hairy

Here are the results of two diferent polls that attempted to rate the world’s best lovers and worst by nationality. The results will make you laugh.

By Annie André ⦿ updated January 10, 2024  
Worlds best lovers: are the french the best lovers in the world
Worlds best lovers: are the french the best lovers in the world

I’m sure you’ve heard the rumours that French men are incredibly romantic and are amazing lovers. Have you ever wondered how true these stereotypes are? I’m not sure I can answer that, but there are polls conducted that rate the world’s best lovers and worst lovers by nationality. Here are the results for the worst and best lovers in bed by nationality.

French Portrait of Gabrielle d'Estrées (King Henry the IV Favourite) and One of Her Sisters. Acquired by the Louvre in 1937.
French Portrait of Gabrielle d’Estrées (King Henry the IV Favourite) and One of Her Sisters. Acquired by the Louvre in 1937.

Do you think French Men Are Great lovers?

the french are worlds best lovers

Since I couldn’t exactly go around sleeping with a bunch of French men to prove or disprove this stereotype, I decided the next best thing to figure out if French men were good lovers was to refer to the source of all knowledge.

“Existing research.”

I lucked out and stumbled across two polls or surveys to discover which nationalities made the WORLD’S BEST and WORST LOVERS. 

Here are the results from these two surveys. 

FIRST SURVEY: Which 10 Countries Had The Worlds Best And Worst lovers

The first study I found was conducted by a company called “Global Search,” which used a polling service called

15,000 “well-travelled women” rated the talents of the men they slept with from 20 different countries.

No surprise here. The women who were surveyed put French men at the top half of the list, just after the Spaniards, Brazilians and Italians.

Unfortunately, the poll didn’t state why these anonymous women thought these men were good lovers. 

When it came to the worst lovers, the women surveyed gave very simplistic answers as to what made them not so great lovers. 

Topping the world’s worst lovers lists were the Germans, who were too stinky and The English, who were too lazy.

Americans came in 5th on the world’s worst lovers because they were too rough, and Greek men came in sixth because they were too romantic, which I found odd. 

Here are the full results of the poll. 

WORLD’S BEST LOVERS: Based on the “OnePoll” survey.

  1. Spain
  2. Brazil
  3. Italy
  4. France
  5. Ireland
  6. South Africa
  7. Australia
  8. New Zealand
  9. Denmark
  10. Canada

Which nationality is worst in bed: Based on “OnePoll” survey.

  1. Germany- (Too Smelly)
  2. England- (Too Lazy)
  3. Sweden – (Too Quick)
  4. Holland – (Too Dominating)
  5. America –(Too Rough)
  6. Greece –(Too Lovey Dovey)
  7. Wales –(Too Selfish)
  8. Scotland –(Too Loud )
  9. Turkey –(Too Sweaty)
  10. Russia –(Too Hairy)

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SECOND SURVEY: Worlds Best Lovers By Country and Gender

Saucy Date is an adult dating, sex and hookup app and website for people who want to put the physical side of the relationship first.

They asked 22,753 of its heterosexual male and female members the following questions:

Q1: How good was the last person you had sex with on a scale of 0 to 10?

Q2: What was the country of origin of the last person you had sex with?

The members were asked to use the following scale:

0: Worst ever
1: Awful
2: Extremely bad
3: Very bad
4: Bad
5: Average
6: Quite good
7: Good
8: Very good
9: Amazing
10: Best ever

The results from Saucy Date were slightly different than the first survey.

No one nationality scored a 10 (Best Ever lovers). The highest average rating was an 8 (Very Good Lover). 

Hottest Male Lovers:

Men from Australia, South Africa and the United States were rated the hottest lovers with a score of 8, very good lovers.

French men were not amongst the top ratings. French lovers were voted an average of 7 (good lover).

Men from New Zealand received an average rating of 4 as “Bad lovers,” while men from the UK were rated a 6 (quite good lovers.)

Hottest Female Lovers:

Women from Canada, France, Italy and the United States were voted hottest lovers, scoring an 8.

Women from Australia, New Zealand, and Spain were voted quite good, with an average rating of  6. 

Neither the men nor women scored below a 3 Very bad, 2, extremely bad, 1 Awful, 0 worst ever. 

See the chart and graphic below for full results. 

Rating MEN Women
8 Australia Canada
South Africa France
United States United States
7 Germany Germany
India India
France South Africa
Italy United Kingdom
6 United Kingdom Australia
  New Zealand
4 New Zealand  


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Annie André

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About the author

I'm Annie André, a bilingual North American with Thai and French Canadian roots. I've lived in France since 2011. When I'm not eating cheese, drinking wine or hanging out with my husband and children, I write articles on my personal blog for intellectually curious people interested in all things France: Life in France, travel to France, French culture, French language, travel and more.


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