England has the ugliest people in Europe

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macrumors 68030
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Nov 22, 2007
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After watching Little Britain, I cannot say I'm shocked :D


Britons are among the ugliest people in the world, according to a dating Web site that says it only allows "beautiful people" to join.

Fewer than one in eight British men and just three in 20 women who have applied to BeautifulPeople.com have been accepted, an e-mailed statement from the site showed.

Existing members of the "elite dating site" rate how attractive potential members are over a 48-hour period, after applicants upload a recent photo and personal profile.

Swedish men have proved the most successful, with 65 percent being accepted, while Norwegian women are considered the most beautiful with 76 percent accepted, the site said.

The way that BeautifulPeople.com accepts new members is simple. A potential member applies with a photo and a brief profile. Over 48 hours, existing members of the opposite sex vote whether or not to admit them, the site said.

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Options are: "Yes definitely," "Hmm yes, O.K," "Hmm no, not really" and "No definitely not."

The site was founded in 2002 in Denmark and went live across the globe last month. Since then, the site has rejected nearly 1.8 million people from 190 countries, admitting just 360,000 new members.

"I would say Britain is stumbling because they don't spend as much time polishing up their appearance and they are letting themselves down on physical fitness," Beautiful People managing director Greg Hodge said. "Next to Brazilian and Scandinavian beauties, British people just aren't as toned or glamorous."

Only the male Russian and Polish applicants fared worse than British men, although Russian women had a 44 percent acceptance rate. Polish women did not appear in the table.

German applicants were slated for offering up unflattering photographs, which may have hindered their acceptance rates at 15 percent for men and 13 percent for women, the lowest rate in their category.

"German men and women aren't faring well, but they are submitting stern images, they need to soften up," Hodge said.


Jan 18, 2005
I don't actually know anyone here who uses dating sites. All the people I know (attractive or otherwise) seem to just meet in the usual way. *shrugs*


Mar 4, 2006
In my experience truly good looking Brits don't feel the need to go on about their looks. They glide through life not making a huge deal about it whilst the rest of us gaze in awe. It's those that are bordering on mildly attractive that seem to be the most obsessed with their looks, always getting hair extensions done (and that's just the guys :D) and covering themselves in fake tan. Totally shallow.

It's the latter group of Brits that would apply for a website like this. Whether that goes for other nationalities too I wouldn't know, but if I'm right then I'm not surprised so many get turned down.


macrumors 603
Aug 29, 2006
Maybe it's that the Norwegian folk know if they're up to the grade looks wise, and don't bother entering. Though I would from a stereotype imagine the Nordic folk are generally hotter across the board.


macrumors 68040
Feb 17, 2008
That's not really fair. You get a quite a few facially challenged people but a lot of lookers as well. I'm at Uni, and there is just too much to choose from.

I'm going to sign up to see if I get accepted.

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macrumors Core
Aug 1, 2004
The City of Culture, Englandshire
Now, hang on a moment – I'm English and I'm gorgeous. Case closed. :p

Thing is though, if all these Norwegians and whatnot are so lovely on the eye, how come they're resorting to dating sites to meet people rather than utilising their pleasant appearances in person?


Mar 4, 2006
Thing is though, if all these Norwegians and whatnot are so lovely on the eye, how come they're resorting to dating sites to meet people rather than utilising their pleasant appearances in person?
It's probably just for the winter months. Gets a bit dark up there then. Bit harder to see each other.
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