Pretty serious question don’t you think? The kind of question any single woman could ask without really hoping any answer. Well Almudena Sevilla Sanz, an Oxford economist, is giving us a very serious answer:
According to her, best husbands on earth are living in… Sweden, followed by Norway, Northern Ireland, Great Britain and the United States. The countries where you don’t want to lose your time are Japan, Germany, Australia and Austria.
Now which criterias were examined to come to this conclusion? Faithfulness? Romanticism? Not at all!
Almuneda wanted to see if marriage and cohabiting rates in developed countries were linked to the housework share between men and women. The study shows that countries were men are more “egalitarian” have higher rates of women being married or living with someone.
“In egalitarian countries there is less social stigma attached to men doing what was traditionally women’s work”. Places where men are happy to participate in the day-to day life, do their part of chores, and play an active role in children’s education are actually places with the higher proportion of households.
But here is something we could have predicted Almuneda would find: ”While egalitarian men seem to be viewed as a better bet by women, egalitarian women are seen as a less safe bet by men,” she said.
Last detail she points out is that countries birthrates are inevitably affected by the amount of people cohabiting. Some low fertility countries like Japan or Italy have seen a decline in marriage without much compensation on their cohabitation rates. Politics are very often presenting the birthrates decline as a consequence of modern life and new ways of living. But another factor could actually be responsible. Should those governments consider educating men to share the load at home?