A dating website has enabled an online study which has named Spanish women as the most flirtatious lot in the world.
Spanish women were found to be the most likely to 'make the first move' with a man, according to Badoo.com, which studied 'flirtation behaviour' based on 90 million romantic contacts made on its site in a month.
The analysis resulted in the 'World Flirtation League', which ranked 20 countries by the number of contacts with a man initiated by the women in each country, reports News.com.au.
Forget Spain's conservative Catholic traditions: the analysis showed that the average Spanish woman initiates 1.33 contacts with a man per month-almost double the figure for women in either Britain (0.78), France (0.69) or the United States (0.63).
Just behind came Poland, the Dominican Republic, Italy and Argentina-with Latin countries, those speaking Spanish, Italian, or Portuguese, holding eight of the top 10 places.
Canada was the highest-ranking English-speaking country, in ninth place, and the only non-Catholic country in the top 10.
Germany ranked 12th in the table, Britain 14th, France 17th and the United States a lowly second from last, according to Badoo, which claims some 80 million registered users in Europe, Latin America and elsewhere.
Overall, Badoo found that men were still far more likely than women to make the first move, both in Spain and elsewhere.
And if Spanish women are the world's biggest flirts, the study authors suggested, then their other half also win an honorary title that of 'the world's luckiest' men.