South Africa voted among the top 10 sexiest nations in the world


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Some countries are sexier than others – at least that’s what the results of ‘Big 7 Travel‘s’ latest survey of the sexiest nationalities in the world says. Big 7 Travel surveyed their 1.5 million-strong audience across multiple digital channels to get an insight into where to find the world’s most beautiful people.

Survey respondents were given no further specifications of the term ‘sexy’ so personal interpretation of the word was entirely up to them.

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The word ‘sexy’, according to the fail-safe Merriam-Webster dictionary, is classified as “generally attractive or interesting”. While beauty may be only skin deep, it’s probably little consolation to the unlucky countries that have been voted as the least sexy in the world.

South Africa made it to the top 10 and took 6th place while other African countries such as Kenya, Nigeria and Tunisia also made the cut – find out where they placed as well the number 1 sexiest nation in the world below – according to Big 7 Travel.

50th. Irish

Not even Jamie Dornan or Cillian Murphy could save the Irish from getting voted the least sexy nation in the world.

You might recognise: Bono, Saoirse Ronan. 

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Ireland here.

49th. Croatian

The Croats scored lowest among all the Slavic countries. But look, they do have beautiful scenery.

You might recognise: Luka Modrić (Real Madrid footballer).

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Dubrovnik here.

48th. Belgian

Belgium might be the centre of the EU, but it turns out that not a lot of people hold the birthplace of Jean-Claude Van Damme aka “Muscles from Brussels” in high regard…

You might recognise: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Audrey Hepburn.

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Brussels here.

47th. Slovenian

Is Melania Trump to blame for the shocking result of Slovenia’s sex appeal?

You might recognise: Eh, Melania Trump. 

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Slovenia here.

46th. Norwegian

Norway’s famous exports tend to be from the literary world, which might explain why they received lower scores than their Hollywood-Scandinavian neighbours.

You might recognise: Roald Dahl, Jo Nesbø, Chris Pratt (Half Norwegian).

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Oslo here.

45th. American

The United States has a hugely diverse population, making it hard to pinpoint what an ‘American’ looks like. Some might say Britney Spears, others think of Donald Trump.

You might recognise: Beyonce, Angelina Jolie.

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in all 50 US States here.

44th. German

Heidi Klum, look away now. Germany’s score is surprising for a nation that has produced models and actresses such as Claudia Schiffer and Kirsten Dunst.

You might recognise: Jürgen Klopp, Heidi Klum.

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Berlin here.

43rd. Lebanese

One of the most beautiful countries in the Middle East, our readers didn’t rate their physical beauty much – don’t people know that Wentworth Miller has Lebanese roots?!

You might recognise: Amal Clooney 

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Lebanon here.

42nd. Pakistani

The Punjabi Lollywood stars might be absolutely stunning, but they didn’t carry the country as a whole this time. They did however, give the world the amazing Malala Yousafzai.

You might recognise: Zayn Malik, Malala Yousafzai.

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Pakistan here.

41st. Welsh

The lilting tones didn’t do much to lift the world’s opinion of the Welsh, unfortunately.

You might recognise: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anthony Hopkins. 

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Cardiff here.

40th. Tunisian

This North African country has the best of both the Mediterranean Sea and Sahara Desert vibes.

You might recognise: Oussama “Ous” Mellouli (Olympic swimmer).

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Tunisia here.

39th. Swedish

While Aleksander Skarsgård is considered super sexy by many True Blood fans, the Swedes scored poorly overall.

You might recognise: Alicia Vikander, Avicii, Aleksander Skarsgård.

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Stockholm here.

38th. Scottish

Is it the kilts or the haggis that’s hampered the Scottish score? Surely not the kilt…

You might recognise: Ewan McGregor, Calvin Harris. 

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Edinburgh here.

37th. Egyptian

The legendary Cleopatra was clearly not top of people’s minds when scoring Egypt.

You might recognise: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool footballer).

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Cairo here.

36th. Thai

The Land of Smiles is almost Land of Sexy, but not quite.

You might recognise: Chrissy Teigen (half-Thai).

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Bangkok here.

35th. Moroccan

French Montana’s viral hip-hop video has a lot to answer for when it comes to Morocco’s sex appeal and we’re here for it.

You might recognise: French Montana, Jean Reno. 

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Marrakech here.

34th. Argentinian

Home to some of the most legendary soccer players and the sensual Tango dance.

You might recognise: Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona.

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Buenos Aires here.

33rd. Russian

Russia ranks closer to the bottom than what you would expect for a country who lays claim to supermodels Irina Shayk and Natalia Vodianova. We blame Putin.

You might recognise: Vladimir Putin, Irina Shayk, Maria Sharapova. 

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Moscow here.

32nd. Lithuanian

Bob Dylan and P!nk both have Lithuanian descent, so maybe that’s what secured this respectable rockstar ranking.

You might recognise: Bob Dylan, John C Reilly, Pink (all Lithuanian descent).

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Lithuania here.

31st. Chinese

The rise of Fan Bingbing in Hollywood and her mysterious disappearance for a year is seemingly quite sexy.

You might recognise: Fan Bingbing, Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan.

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Beijing here.

30th. Israeli

If Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) isn’t sexy, who is?

You might recognise: Gal Gadot, Natalie Portman, Gene Simmons.

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Israel here.

29th. Nigerian

Nigeria is usually within the top 15 in similar studies, so they won’t be best pleased with their latest ranking.

You might recognise: Taio Cruz, Tinie Tempeh (born and raised in the UK).

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Nigeria here.

28th. Indian

Those beautiful Bollywood stars and Priyanka Chopra’s lavish wedding earlier this year have a lot to speak for.

You might recognise: Priyanka Chopra, Dev Patel, Mindy Kaling.

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Jaipur here.

27th. Polish

It’s no wonder that the first woman to win a Nobel Prize was Polish – smart is sexy, after all.

You might recognise: Miroslav Klose, Kristen Bell (half-Polish). 

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Warsaw here.

26th. Iranian

Don’t let Trump see this score. Please.

You might recognise: Nasim Pedrad (live remake of Aladdin).

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Iran here.

25th. Malaysian

The creator of the world’s sexiest shoes is Malaysian, which says it all – take a bow, Mr. Choo.

You might recognise: Jimmy Choo, Amber Chia. 

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Malaysia here.

24th. Mexican

The sultry accent, the spicy foods. The sexy, sexy people.

You might recognise: Salma Hayek, Selena Gomez, Mario Lopez. 

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Tulum here.

23rd. New Zealander

While the Kiwis might have scooped the world’s sexiest accent, it seems people would prefer to hear them, not see them.

You might recognise: Lorde, Jonah Lomu.

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Auckland here.

22nd. Colombian

Their hips don’t lie.

You might recognise: Shakira, Sofia Vergara.

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Bogota here.

21st. Finnish

The stereotypes of blonde hair and blue-eyed Scandinavians stands true with most Finns.

You might recognise: Matt Damon, Jessica Lange (both Finnish descent).

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Helsinki here.

20th. Hungarian

Well, ZsaZsa Gábor used to be one of the most beautiful stars Hollywood has ever seen, so it’s only right that they get some credit.

You might recognise: ZsaZsa Gábor, Drew Barrymore (half-Hungarian).

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Budapest here.

19th. Japanese

The ancient country of elegance, cherry blossoms and the Geisha is also where you’ll find some of the most attractive people, according to Big 7 Travel readers.

You might recognise: Steve Aoki.

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Japan here.

18th. Czech

The birthplace of some of the most well-known models and famous faces:  Ivana Trump, Karolína Kurková, Paulina Porizkova.

You might recognise: Karolína Kurková, Paulina Porizkova.

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Prague here.

17th. Bulgarian

The stunning Balkan nation shot surprisingly close to the top of the list.

You might recognise: Grigor Dimitrov, Nina Dobrev. 

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Sofia here.

16th. Spanish

Any country who can eat their bodyweight in cured meats, red wine and cheese will always be sexy, fact.

You might recognise: Antonio Banderas, Penelope Cruz, Enrique Iglesias. 

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Madrid here.

15th. Barbadian/Bajan

Maybe it’s the irresistible accent, maybe it’s the perception of Barbados as paradise. Either way, people find Barbadians very appealing.

You might recognise: Rihanna. 

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Barbados here.

14th. Kenyan

Case in point? Lupita Amondi Nyong’o, who is always a vision both on and off the red carpet.

You might recognise: Lupita Amondi Nyong’o, David Lekuta Rudisha (800m Olympic Champion).

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Kenya here.

13th. Dutch

Characteristically tall, fair and impeccably stylish, the Dutch made cycling cool – a sign of sexiness no doubt.

You might recognise: Eddie Van Halen, Afrojack. 

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Amsterdam here.

12th. French

The language of love and plenty of aphrodisiac foods surely helped the French jump almost into the Top 10.

You might recognise: Zinedine Zidane, Vanessa Paradis, Catherine Deneuve. 

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Paris here.

11th. Costa Rican

Ticos place huge importance on family, music and fiestas, which are most people’s favourite qualities – explains the sex appeal?

You might recognise: Keylor Navas (Real Madrid footballer), Maribel Guardia (Miss Costa Rica 1978).

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Costa Rica here.

10th. Canadian

Eh? We all know there’s one movie and one movie only that has convinced the world of Canada’s sexiness: The Notebook.

You might recognise: Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, Ryan Reynolds, Drake.

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Vancouver here.

9th. English

The quintessential English Rose conjures up images of Mr.Darcy, while at the same time English also applies to lust-worthy grime stars.

You might recognise: Colin Firth, Jude Law, Stormzy. 

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in London here.

8th. Armenian

The Kardashian family has firmly placed Armenia on the sexy map.

You might recognise: The Kardashians.

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Armenia here.

7th. Italian

From Sofia Loren to Monica Bellucci, Italian women are some of the most beautiful. As for the men? Bradley Cooper’s grandparents are Italian, so we rest our case.

You might recognise: Sofia Loren, Monica Bellucci, Silvio Berlusconi. 

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Rome here.

6th. South African

South Africa is a wonderful melting pot of cultures, making it a beautifully diverse and sexy place to be.

You might recognise: Charlize Theron, Candice Swanepoel, Trevor Noah 

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Cape Town here.

5th. Australian

It seems that the general view of Australians as ‘surfer chic’ lives on.

You might recognise: Kylie Minogue, Hugh Jackman, Heath Ledger.

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Sydney here.

4th. Brazilian

Brazil gave us the thong bikini and “the phenomenon”, aka Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima.

You might recognise: Adriana Lima, Ronaldo.

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Rio here.

3rd. Filipino

Probably the most famous Filipino in the world, professional boxer Manny Pacquiao along with Bruno Mars and the many Miss World participants make this a top scorer.

You might recognise: Bruno Mars, Manny Pacquiao.

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Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Manila here.

2nd. Danish

The impressive score of Danish people’s sexiness proves that Denmark is beautiful in more ways than one.

You might recognise: Brigitte Nielsen, Viggo Mortensen. 

Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Copenhagen here.

1st. Ukrainian

Ukrainians have a striking appearance and have easily topped our poll for 2019. Who could disagree with this? It’s no wonder that so many models come from here.

You might recognise: Mila Kunis. 

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Check out the most Instagrammable spots in Kiev here.

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