Source: The Mercury, Tuesday October 28, 1997, p.3
AUSTRALIANS are having less sex - but they're still far from slouches in the bedroom. Sexually active Australians make love 110 times a year, down from 116 last year, a poll has revealed. Australia is one of only three of the 14 countries polled where the frequency of sex fell. But Australians still had plenty of stamina. Average sex sessions lasted 20.7 minutes, behind only the US, Canada and Britain. This year's Durex Global Sex Survey questioned almost 10,000 sexually active people aged 16 to 45. It asked them how often they had sex, how old they were when they first had it, how many partners they had had and how long they spent having sex. The French topped the poll on frequency, duration and consideration of partners. The US was second overall, followed by South Africa, Britain Australia, Germany Canada, Russia, Poland, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Thailand and Hong Kong. Australia fell from equal second last year. Voters rated Sydney as Australia's sexiest city, followed by Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. Canberra, Darwin and Hobart polled only 1% each. Cohabiting couples have the most sex - 157 times a year.
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