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Dating Styles Across the UK

We all have our own opinions when it comes to love and dating, but are they affected by where we come from? According to recent research, the answer is ‘yes’. The LoveGeist Report 2009, a study of over 16,000 people from all over the British Isles, uncovered that people living in different parts of the UK have notably different styles when it comes to love and dating.

Below is a list of each of the 12 regions in the UK, along with their ranking on the romantic beliefs scale, a measure of romanticism originally developed by professors Sprecher and Metts in 1989 and used in The LoveGeist Report.

12thGreater London (London)

London came in last on the romantic beliefs rating, making it the least romantic place to live in the country. Despite this, the singles of London were the keenest on marriage, with 66% hoping to marry one day. Dating in London might be more of a means to an end than in other parts of the country.

11thScotland (Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh)

Scotland may also have come low on romanticism, but it came high on traditional chivalry, with 90% of men saying they would open doors when dating a woman.

10thNorth West (Blackpool, Manchester, Liverpool, Bolton)

The North West did a little better on romance, and with 95% of singles in this region looking for a long-term relationship, dating is a popular pastime here.

9thYorkshire and the Humber (Leeds, Sheffield)

Half (50%) of the singles in Yorkshire would like to marry one day, though less (47%) have made their minds up about children.

8thSouth West (Plymouth, Bristol)

The South West is clearly a hotspot for dating, with 96% of singles looking for a long-term relationship. Far fewer (49%) have made their minds up about marriage.

7thNorth East (Newcastle, Sunderland, Middlesbrough)

You’re in luck if you’re dating a man in the North East, with 84% of men happy to pay for things on the first date.

6thEast Anglia (Norwich, South End, Cambridge)

East Anglia may only be averagely romantic, but the majority of singles would like to marry (52%) and have children (54%).

5thSouth East (Southampton, Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Oxford, Brighton)

Single ladies of the South East should take this region’s men up on their dating offers, with a charming 93% happy to open doors for their date.

4thNorthern Ireland (Derry, Belfast)

The high streets of Northern Ireland should start stocking up on buggies, because 65% of singles are already set on the idea having babies at some point in their lives.

3rdWest Midlands (Coventry, Stoke on Trent, Wolverhampton, Birmingham)

The West Midlands is the third most romantic region in the UK, as well as having some of the most courteous men. 92% would open doors when dating and 81% would pay for the outing.

2ndEast Midlands (Leicester, Nottingham, Derby)

The second most romantic region in the UK is less keen on the idea of having children, with under half (47%) of singles saying they would like to have kids.

1stWales (Cardiff, Swansea)

Wales is officially the most romantic place in the UK. Perhaps the luscious green landscape stokes the fires of passion in its residents.

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