British men make some of the best husbands in the world because they are more willing to do housework, new research suggests.
The study, which looked at relationships in 13 countries, ranked British men as the third most likely to win women’s hearts through their apparent commitment to domestic life.
Swedes and Norwegians topped the table while Australian men--stereotyped for their love of beer, sport, and the great outdoors--came in last, rated as the least attractive in terms of pulling their weight around the house.
The Oxford University study examined marriage and cohabitation rates across the developed world and compared them to attitudes towards the roles of men and women at home.
Researchers questioned 13,500 men and women aged between 20 and 45 from each country about gender, housework and childcare responsibilities.
Based on their responses, each country was given a rating on an "egalitarian index", which was then compared against the number of couples living together.
The study found there was a correlation between the ratings on the index and proportion of citizens who were married or shared their home with a partner.
Women in less egalitarian countries were found to be between 20 and 50 per cent less likely to settle down with a man.
Dr Almudena Seville-Sanz, of the university’s Centre for Time Use Research, said: "This study shows that in egalitarian countries there is less social stigma attached to men doing what was traditionally women’s work.
"This leads to men in egalitarian societies taking on more of a domestic role so the likelihood of forming a harmonious household becomes greater, resulting in a higher proportion of couples setting up households in these countries."
However, while the study suggested that women favour men who are willing to treat them as equals, it also found that men themselves placed less value on the quality in the opposite sex.
The full list of countries’ rankings on the egalitarian index is as follows:
1. Sweden 瑞典
2. Norway 挪威
3. Great Britain 英国
4. United States 美国
5. Northern Ireland 北爱尔兰
6. Netherlands 荷兰
7. Republic of Ireland 爱尔兰共和国
8. Spain 西班牙
9. New Zealand 新西兰
10. Japan 日本
11. Germany 德国
12. Austria 奥地利
13. Australia 澳大利亚