Dating for love br

Bars and clubs are the most popular places to meet female partners (except in France, where only 14 percent expect to meet someone that way) followed by through friends and family and then, in equal amounts dating websites, work and expat events.

In Switzerland, you're as likely to meet a woman at work as in a bar or club, about half of you living in Germany meet partners at expat events – as do 40 percent of expats in the Netherlands.

Most expats said they met potential male partners through friends and family, closely followed by, surprise, surprise, at a bar or nightclub (unless you're living in Germany, where only a quarter of respondents said they met someone that way).

It seems easier to meet local women – 30 percent of men said it was ‘easy' or ‘very easy'. Expats in Switzerland seem to be having a particularly hard time: everyone said it was ‘difficult' or ‘very difficult' to meet local men for a romantic relationship, and expats living in France report it impossible to meet local women!

And is it any easier to find love with other expats?

In the Netherlands and Belgium, romance seems to blossom at work.

Living in France, it appears you can find love anywhere.

Last year we asked around 500 (mostly, but not exclusively, heterosexual) expats living in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, and Switzerland a series of up-close and personal questions about themselves, their relationships and their sex lives. Just under half of the expats said they had come either with, or to join, a partner, while 13 percent intended to maintain a long-distance relationship.