Travelling around the world often means coming into contact with a lot of new people – and a lot of new accents. But apparently, not all accents are created equally – particularly when it comes to wooing fellow travellers – as a survey has found that people think the Italian accent is the most romantic, beating out the rest of Europe.
The dating app Happn polled 1000 people on which accent they find the most romantic and Italians snagged the top spot.
A quarter of respondents found the Italian accent to be the most desirable, with French a close second with 23% of the votes. In addition to great accents, both of those countries are huge draws for travellers with an interest in arts, culture and cuisine, as well as those looking for a taste of Italy’s famous dolce vita lifestyle or some time in Paris, the City of Love.
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So, where did everyone else come in? Irish was a respectable third with 19% of the vote, Spanish had 16% and Swedish was fifth with 5%. While the British accent didn’t rank in the top 10, Happn also researched what accents are the sexiest within the UK. The standard Southern British English accent – called Received Pronunciation – scored the top spot with 23% of the vote, with Irish coming in second with 20%, followed by Scottish with 14%.
Someone’s voice can be a romantic deal-breaker for more than half of us, according to Happn. So, if you’re single, maybe it’s time to take a trip to Rome?
Or, another recent survey from Happn found you may not even have to leave the airport to find love, as it released a list of the top airports to spark up a new romance.