Turkish most jealous, Canadians least, Harlequin says

Turkish people are the most jealous when it comes to love, followed by the Spanish and Portuguese, according to a global annual survey of 20 countries released Jan. 27 by the romance novel publishing company Harlequin K.K.Ranked least jealous were Canadians, while Japanese came in 15th, the Japanese subsidiary of Harlequin K.K. said.The report concludes that the Japanese tend to pretend to be indifferent even though they may be irritated when they feel jealous. Jealousy, however, is generally not likely to lead to a breakup in their relationships, the report says.The publishing company, which has subsidiaries around the world, conducts the questionnaire on love and romance every year. This year’s theme for its Global Romance Report was “Love and Jealousy.” The questionnaire covered 6,754 people who have or have had lovers in Australia, Argentina, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Britain and the United States. The average age of the people, who were randomly selected, was 34.8 years.Asked “whether it is flattering to you when your partner says he/she is jealous,” only 18 percent of Japanese men and 21 percent of Japanese women said yes — the smallest percentages among the 20 countries and for both sexes. In contrast, 70 percent of Turkish men and 75 percent of Finnish women responded yes — the highest percentages in the survey, the report said.