Which Countries Have More Sex? 2024 Global Sex Statistics

While it’s safe to assume that sex is being had all globally, just which countries have more sex? We’ll answer all those questions and many more. Read on:

which countries have more sex

We all want our sex lives to be perfect, but less than half of us are fully satisfied with our intimate experiences. Emotion, passion, and attraction all contribute to great sex, but there’s another factor most people don’t consider…

Location, location, location. You’re far more likely to have a healthy sex life in the Netherlands and far less likely to have a good one in Japan. But why do people have better sex in different countries? Who’s having the most sex? Who’s having the best?

We’ll answer all those questions and many more. Read on. 

Let’s start with sexual satisfaction highlights:

  • More than half of the world’s countries (125 out of 201 assessed by the UN) have more women than men.
  • 60% of single women buy vibrators, and 10% buy restraints. 
  • 55% of Greeks have tried anal at least once.
  • Japan is the least sexually-satisfied country in the world. 
  • Only 33% of women always or almost always orgasm, compared to 61% of men. 
  • On average, South Americans lose their virginity at age 17.4 – younger than any other region in the world.

Sexual Drive, Activity, and Satisfaction

Before we get into individual countries, let’s establish some context on the state of global pleasure. Most of us aren’t satisfied with our sex lives, so what improves satisfaction?

Orgasms, obviously, are a huge part of it, but emotion and drive also play a role. 

Percentage
Experience
60%
Of us say sex is fun, enjoyable, and vital
only 44%
Are fully satisfied with their sex lives.

A global survey by condom company Durex found the following data on sexual satisfaction:

  • Orgasms drive sexual satisfaction, but only 48% of respondents said they orgasm regularly. 
  • Twice as many men have regular orgasms as women. 

Keeping an erection and using lube is also critical for sexual pleasure.

Percentage
Experience
34%
Women have experienced vaginal dryness at some point.
24%
Men have had trouble getting an erection. 
29%
Men have had trouble keeping an erection.

Sexual frequency and satisfaction peak from age 20 to 34, but many people over 65 still have sex more than once a week. 

Emotion also drives sexual satisfaction:

Percentage
 
82%
Respondents who were sexually satisfied said they felt respected during sex.
39%
Wanted more love and romance. 
36%
Wanted more alone time with their partner. 
31%
Wanted more fun, better communication, and more intimacy. 
29%
Wanted a higher sex drive. 
37%
Wanted to reduce stress and exhaustion. 

A study of sexual activity in elderly Europeans aged 60 to 75 showed that different percentages of men and women were sexually active in different countries:

Percentage
Sexually-Active Men
83%
Portugal
91%
Norway
Percentage
Sexually-Active Women
61%
Belgium
78%
Denmark

40-60% of study participants said they were sexually satisfied. 

Over 1 million women from all over the world were surveyed on their sex drive by the dating site Victoria Milan and found the following data on how women have a high sex drive in each country:

Country
Percentage
Finland
79% of Finnish women have a high sex drive.
Sweden
78%
Denmark
76%
Norway
76%
Ireland
75%
Poland
73%
Portugal
73%
United Kingdom
72%
Italy
72%
Germany
71%
Spain
71%
Australia
71%
South Africa
70%
Switzerland
70%
United States
69%
Austria
69%
Netherlands
65%
Belgium
60%
France
53%
Czech Republic
47%
Sweden
39%
Norway
35%
Italy
34%
Denmark
34%
Portugal
33%
United States
30%
Finland
30%
Australia
29%
Switzerland
29%
United Kingdom
28%
Germany
27%
South Africa
27%
Spain
27%
Austria
27%
Ireland
26%
Poland
24%
Netherlands
21%
France
21%
Czech Republic
20%
Belgium
20%

Sources: Victoria Milan, Durex, Archives of Sexual Behavior


Toys, Turn-ons, and Fantasies

Sometimes our sex lives need a little extra spice, and that’s where toys and fantasies come in. People buy all sorts of things to enhance their pleasure, but there are significant differences between men and women. 

Women, for example, are far more likely to buy nipple tassels than men. Here’s a look at the data.

The top five toys bought primarily by men are:

Top Five Toys Bought by Men
Percentage
94% of Fleshjacks are bought by men. 
Sex toy accessories
89%
Small condoms
88%

The top five toys bought mostly by women are: 

Top Five Toys Bought by Women
Percentage
Novelty gifts
84% of novelty gifts are bought by women. 
Halloween costumes
84%
Body paint and rude food
80%
Plus-sized basque and corset
80%
Nipple tassels
78%

The top toys bought mostly by Single Men are: 

Single Men Buy
Percentage
Lube
44%

The top toys bought mostly by Single Women are: 

Single Women Buy
Percentage

Both men and women have fantasies, but they aren’t necessarily the same.

Men fantasize about
Percentage
Oral sex
88% of men fantasize about this
Sex with two women
85%
Sex with somebody other than their partner
83%
Sex in an unusual place
82%
Women fantasize about
Percentage
Sex in a romantic location
85% of women fantasize about this
Sex in an unusual place
82%
Oral sex
76%
Performing oral sex on a man
72%

Source: Dr. Felix


Countries With Odd Sex Ratios

It takes two to tango, and that often means a man and a woman. In most places, there are about as many women as there are men, give or take. 

However, some countries have far more of one sex or the other. Here’s what we found.

The world’s highest sex ratio is in Qatar, where there are three men for every woman.

The United Arab Emirates comes in second with about 222 men for every 100 women.

Oman is third, with roughly 193 men for every 100 women. 

Bahrain, Maldives, and Kuwait have ratios of over 150 men per 100 women. 

Hong Kong has the world’s lowest gender ratio, with 84.48 men for every 100 women.

Martinique has the second-lowest at 85.01 men per 100 women. 

Curacao (85.289 per 100), Nepal (85.488), and Guadeloupe (85.494) take the next three spots.

Over half (125 out of 201) of the countries assessed by the UN have more females than males.

14 of these have a male ratio of less than 90 per 100 females, and 41 have less than 95. 

Source: Statistics Times


Sex Around the World

Nearly everyone has sex, but no two people have sex the same way. Some do it often, while some barely do it at all. 

Some people love to do it in public, others in their cars. Sexual habits vary from country to country, so we dug up the most interesting stats we could find on sexuality throughout the world.

About two-thirds of the populations of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland have had a one-night stand, but the global average is only 44%.

Greeks, Italians, Chileans, and Croatians have the most anal sex; 55% of Greeks have tried anal at least once.

Indians have less adventurous sex. Roughly two-thirds have never tried anal, threesomes, or any sexual aids – however, 61% of Indians

People in Mexico and Nigeria tend to have more exciting sex.

Japanese people are significantly unhappy with their sex lives:

  • Japan is the only country where more people report being unsatisfied with their sex lives than satisfied. 
  • Only 34% of Japanese people have sex weekly. 
  • Japan has some of the longest average working hours in the world, leaving less time for sex. 

Only 48% of people worldwide say that they always or almost always orgasm, but this percentage changes drastically with gender:

Percentage
Orgasm By Gender Worldwide
61%
Men always or almost always orgasm.
33%
Women always or almost always orgasm. 

The sexually-transmitted infection (STI) rate in Turkey is alarmingly high.

Only 55% of Turks say they’ve never had an STI. Russia has the next-worst STI rate, with 67% of its population never having an STI. 

Turks report more sexual partners than any other country and don’t use protection 45% of the time. 

Compared to the global average, people in Asia lose their virginity at older ages. The average ages of virginity loss by continent is as follows:

Continent
Age
Asia
21.8 years old when virginity is lost, on average
Africa
20 years old
North America
18.7 years old
Europe
18.5 years old
Oceania
17.8 years old
South America
17.4 years old

Greeks and Nigerians tend to take their time with sex, while Indians and the French have shorter sessions. 

An average Nigerian couple (24 minutes) spends nearly twice as long in bed as the average Indian couple (13.2 minutes). 

Sources: Dr. Felix, Vox


The World’s Most Satisfied Countries

We’ve covered what makes a good sex life, and we’ve seen what pleasure looks like in different countries, but who’s the most satisfied with their sex?

The answer might not be what you’re expecting. 

80% of Russian adults say they have sex at least once a week. 

Switzerland is often rated one of the most sexually satisfied nations in the world.

Percentage
Swiss National Sex Lives
21%
Swiss nationals say their sex lives and sexual performance are excellent.
32%
Have had sex in public places.

Despite this, the Swiss have one of the world’s lowest teen birth rates.

A poll of 15,000 women put Spain at the top of the world’s “best male lover” list.

Percentage
Spanish People’s Sex Lives
25%
Spain’s population says their sexual performance is excellent.
90%
Spanish men and women claimed to be quite satisfied or very satisfied with their sex lives.
95%
Were satisfied with their sexual relations in the past year.
Gender
Were more satisfied by sex with a stable partner than with a casual one. 
Habitually used contraception in the past year. 
With a casual partner, these percentages increase
Gender
Spanish Men
Spanish Women
Were more satisfied by sex with a stable partner than with a casual one. 
97%
96%
Habitually used contraception in the past year. 
73% 
77%
With a casual partner, these percentages increase
86%
92%

Food, wine, and sexual seduction go hand-in-hand in Italy. Italian women who have 2 glasses of wine daily are more sexually satisfied than those who don’t drink.

Percentage
Italians Sex Lives
32%
Italians over the age of 60 still have sex regularly.
64%
Italians rated their sex lives as satisfying, and a third expect sex to last longer than ten minutes.

Second, only to Spain, Brazil also has impressive lovers and high sexual satisfaction.

Data
Brazilians Sex Lives
82%
Brazilians have sex at least once a week
145 times per year
Brazilian having sex

According to a survey by Durex, Greeks have the most sex in the world, with an average of 164 times per year.

51% of Greeks say they’re sexually satisfied. 

The Netherlands is one of the most sexually progressive places in the world, and that’s reflected in their sexual satisfaction.

Percentage
Dutch People’s Sex Lives
64%
Dutch people are confident when it comes to asserting their sexual needs and desires. 
22%
Dutch population says their sex lives are excellent.

Mexico has been rated one of the world’s horniest countries and is the second most sexually satisfied country. 63% of Mexicans say they have a fulfilling sex life.

Indians, on average, lose their virginities at age 22 – later in life than any other country.

  • India consistently rates among the top sexually satisfied nations in the world.
  • Indian men are more likely to spend time on seduction and foreplay. 
  • Indians have quicker sex than anyone else, with an average time of 12 minutes. 
  • 61% of Indians are satisfied with their sex lives. 

Australians rate high for sexual satisfaction with some interesting trends in their sexual experiences:

Percentage
Australian Sex Lives
75%
Australians claim to have had sex in their vehicles. 
7%
Australian women say they wouldn’t change anything about their sex lives. 
20%
Australian women say that having a threesome is their favorite sexual fantasy.

Australian men have 25 sexual partners on average, compared to just 13 for American men and only 10 for Australian women. 

Percentage
Germans Sex Lives
32%
Germans have had a one-night stand
30%
Germans have had sex in public

Nigeria is the most sexually satisfied nation in the world.

Data
Nigerians Sex Lives
67%
Of Nigerians say they’re sexually satisfied
24 minutes
Nigerians take their time with sex and have the world’s longest average intercourse time
62%
Nigerian women admit to having cheated on their partners. 
Percentage
Other Asian Countries Sex Lives
78%
People living in China have sex at least once a week.
74%
Malaysians say they have sex at least once a week.

Sources: Banderas News, Salon, Vagabondish, DiscoverKL, Counsel and Heal


Which Country Has the Most Sex?

After all that we’ve covered so far, there’s only one question left: what country is having the most sex?

You may not be surprised to learn that it’s Greece, but there are a few unexpected contenders in the top 10. 

These are the top 10 countries with the highest percentages of their populations having sex at least once a week:

Countries
Percentage
Greece
87% of Greeks have sex at least once a week.
Brazil
82%
Russia
80%
China
78%
Italy
76%
Poland
76%
Malaysia
74%
Switzerland
72%
Spain
72%
Mexico
71%

Who has the best sex? These numbers show the percentages of people in each country who are sexually satisfied.

Country
Percentage
Nigeria
67%
Mexico
63%
India
61%
Poland
54%
Greece
51%
Holland
50%
South Africa
50%
Spain
49%
Canada
48%
USA
48%

Who loses their virginity the quickest? Here are the average ages of citizens of each country when they first have sex: 

Country
Percentage
Iceland
15.6
Denmark
16.1
Sweden
16.2
Finland
16.5
Norway
16.5
Israel
16.7
Portugal
16.9
Bulgaria
16.9
Chile
17.2
Belgium
17.2

A 2014 study found the following data on how many times a person in each country has sex in a year, on average:

Country
Data
Greece
164
Brazil
145
Russia
143
Poland
143
India
130
Switzerland
123
Mexico
123
China
122
New Zealand
122
Italy
121

A 2008 study showed based on one-night stands, sexual attitudes, and number of partners found that the world’s most promiscuous countries are:

Ranking
Country
1
United Kingdom
2
Germany
3
Netherlands
4
Czechia (Czech Republic)
5
Australia
6
United States
7
France
8
Turkey
9
Mexico
10
Canada

A Durex survey found that:

Data
 
29.3.
For males, Austrian men had the most sexual partners on average
20.4.
For females, women in New Zealand had the most sexual partners on average

Sources: Statista, World Population Review, Vagabondish


Conclusion

Sex is one of the most, if not the most, intimate and personal experiences that people have. Everything affects our sexuality – stress, love, work, emotion, and even geography. People in some countries have more sex, better sex, and longer sex than others. 

Part of this better sex involves unique fantasies and toys. Countries with sex-positive cultures and open communication will produce better sex lives. Greeks, on average, have sex the most, while Nigerians report the highest levels of sexual satisfaction. 

However, your sex life doesn’t have to be dull or unsatisfying regardless of location. If you feel like it’s lacking, try something new. Talk with your partner, explore a fantasy, buy a toy – there’s always a path to satisfaction. You just have to find it.

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