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18 November 2017
European couples bicker over household chores, work and money, just like the rest of us. Apologies for this Sex and the City still shot which we thought was appropriate to illustrate early marital discord. Photo: Reuters
European couples bicker over household chores, work and money, just like the rest of us. Apologies for this Sex and the City still shot which we thought was appropriate to illustrate early marital discord. Photo: Reuters

You won’t believe what sets off most European couples

Whose turn is it to do the dishes, or clean the bathroom?

The answer is as straightforward as the question but in Europe, it could set off a marital spat. It could also be just part of a day’s work.   

Greek couples, for instance, live the good life and are least likely to bicker over household chores, paid work and money.

But Norwegians and the Finns squabble the most about all three.

In fact, nine in 10 Finnish couples say they argue over housework, according to a study by Demographic Research.

The survey polled cohabiting and married heterosexual couples in 22 European countries and found specific issues most couples are likely to argue about.  

Also, it exposed differences in the overall rate of bickering couples from country to country.

For the record, here are the top 10 European countries (in which couples argue over household chores the most) thanks to Quartz.com:

1. Finland 90 percent

2. Iceland 81 percent

3. Norway 81 percent

4. Sweden 76 percent

5. Denmark 72 percent

6. Poland 72 percent

7. Germany 70 percent

8. Czech Republic 69 percent

9. Belgium 68 percent

10. Slovakia 67 percent

Couples living together are more likely to argue over housework than married couples, while married couples are more likely to disagree over paid work and money, the survey shows.

Generally, couples with higher incomes are less likely to argue over household chores but are more likely to disagree about paid work, likely because of their longer work hours.

Still, it can’t be said that unmarried couples fight more than married couples since the level of disagreement varies depending on what the issue is, and differs from country to country.

But in countries with lower rates of cohabitation, such as Greece and Portugal, couples seem to argue less.

Come to think of it, they’re just like the rest of us.

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