Armenia, the World’s Least-in-Love Country?
In news that might come as a surprise to fans of French-Armenian crooner Charles Aznavour, Armenia has ranked at the very bottom of global love rankings released by the Washington, DC-based Brookings Institution on Valentine's Day.
The love survey, run by the Gallup Organization, asked respondents in 135 countries if they had experienced love the day before; the most negative responses came from Armenia. Its neighbors, Georgia and Azerbaijan, are not the world’s most amorous places, either.
Georgia is only three countries -- Uzbekistan, Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan -- ahead of Armenia on the love chart. Azerbaijan sits in the similarly love-starved 126th place.
The survey's analysts tried to track a connection between the wallet and the heart, but while richer countries tend to be more love-prone, the Philippines and Rwanda rank as the two countries the most in love.
So, if money's not it, what's the reason for Armenia's lack of love? Could communism have something to do with it?
With the exception of Morocco, the ten most loveless countries all share a Soviet past.
Whatever the case, governments and international development agencies should take note. Looks like it's time to devise national love policies, provide tax privileges for lovers and, even, love grants to encourage grassroots activity.