It’s one of many hilarious anecdotes in Jim Bouton’s classic exposé of Major League Baseball, Ball Four. He remembers an unnamed teammate talking to a young woman who asks him if he’s wed and he replies, “Yeah, But I’m not a fanatic about it.”

Well, an incredible number of folks are just like him. Even though ‘thou shalt not commit infidelity’ comes in at number 7 on the Top Ten Commandments list, over 80% of American consider adultery more objectionable than human cloning, suicide, and polygamy. That’s why they call it cheating.

But there are countries where infidelity is somewhat morally okay or at least a pleasurable vice. In France the President was caught with a hot young cutie and nobody said much about it – But what do you expect from a state where the new “Fifty Shades of Grey” picture is classified appropriate for children 12 and up?

In the past decade the large players in the hookup business, Durex, and online dating sites for married people have conducted exhaustive surveys to work out where in the world people are cheating most. Here, TheRichest has crunched the data to learn which ten countries are usually cited as appreciating illegal hot romances.

There are some outliers in the data, however. As an example, in a 2005 poll by Durex, Turkey was ranked as the infidelity capital of the world. The credibility of that amount is considered to be doubtful, as Muslim states are always one of the least adulterous in the world; that particular consequence has thus been eliminated from these findings as anomalous. Actually, Paris continues to be voted the Infidelity Capital of the World, although the numbers suggest the real capital might really be much farther east…

10. Finland: 36%


Technically Finns don’t cheat. They have “parallel relationships.” It might be worth trying that one on your partner if you get caught. Interestingly, the speed among middle-aged and younger cheater declined sharply through 2010. One blogger in Finland says that sex in the state “… is viewed as an extremely positive experience, so when you were presented with the likelihood of an intimate experience, it’s in some manners socially sanctioned to pursue it.”
A survey by found one in five married men had had relationships with at least ten women – seven times the rate among women.