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Study: Germany most popular country for nude beach-goers

By Marcus Hondro     Jul 29, 2013 in Odd News
It's long been held that Europeans are more mature about nudity, at least more so than North Americans, so it may come as no surprise a recent survey finds Germany has the most nude beach visitors. The Expedia travel agency is our source.
Harris Interactive conducted a global study on behalf of Expedia and the results are the 2013 Flip Flop Report. It doesn't include the entire planet but does look at beach-goer habits in Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America.
U.S. has fewer nudists on beaches
Germany leads countries in those continents in the percentage of its population that has been naked at the beach in the past year — a whopping 17 percent; Germany also led last year with 15 percent. While the U.S. has a well organized network of nude beaches, only five percent of Americans said they had gone nude on a beach in the past year.
John Morrey, Expedia's V.P. and general manager, said compiling the information helps the company when looking to put together tour packages, but that's not the only reason they do it. “It’s also frankly a lot of fun to dig into this data," Morrey says. "And we promise not to make any judgments."
In France, the Speedo still reigns
There were other notable beach related findings such as India being the country in which people were more likely to build a sandcastle and where people were least likely to be comfortable with topless sunbathing. The country that has the highest degree of acceptance of that classic of swimsuits, the Speedo? France.
Germany is also the country with the most citizens who went swimming at a beach in the year, with 90 percent of Germans taking a dip in 2012. In Malaysia, the country with the most citizens fearful of drowning, only 23 percent went swimming, the lowest total.
The United States was found to lead in two categories, it is the country least likely to avoid the water because of fear of a shark (courageous or foolish?) and the country in which you are most likely to get robbed while spending time on a beach.
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