London - It could be the fresher air, the inspiring landscapes, or the slower pace of life.
But people living in the countryside are far more likely to find true love than city-dwellers, research has revealed.
It discovered 77 percent of adults living in rural Britain have found their soulmate – compared with 48 percent in urban areas.
Relationships in the countryside were also found to last twice as long. As many as 61 percent of countryside residents had been in a relationship for more than a decade - compared with just 21 percent of ‘urbanites’.
And 55 percent of those living in the ‘sticks’ were married - 10 percent more than urban areas.
As many as 51 percent living in the country say the words ‘I love you’ at least once a day – compared with only 23 percent in the city.
Relationships in the country are thought to have a better chance of surviving because couples are more loyal and have more time for each other. Couples were found to spend an average of six nights a week together – two more than those in the city. Only 10 percent had cheated on their partner – while this went up to 20 percent for those in cities.
In the study of 2,000 adults, by television channel Really, 63 percent said they were ‘sexually satisfied’ compared with just 22 percent in the city. City dwellers put this down to their hectic lifestyles, with 38 percent admitting they were too tired or stressed.
Commenting on the findings, life coach Jenni Trent Hughes said: “Country living makes many of us calmer, more relaxed. It puts us in a better frame of mind which reflects well on our relationships.” - Daily Mail