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It seems most Irish couples DON'T bicker over household chores

A new study shows that Irish couples are less likely to engage in disputes than their European counterparts.

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IRISH COUPLES ARE amongst the least likely to fight over household chores, a new study has found.

The study revealed that out of the 22 European nations surveyed, Ireland was fourth from bottom with only 47% of couples saying they fought over chores. Topping the bickering league was Finland, with 90% of those asked saying they fought over chores.

quartz - tables Source: Quartz via Demographic Research

The cohabiting and married Johns and Marys of Ireland were also found to be less likely to disagree about paid work, with only 33% of couples saying it was an issue. Iceland came top of the paid work squabbling stakes with 69% marking it down as a problem.

According to the authors of the study:

To gain more insight into the differences between cohabiting and married couples, we need to focus on conflict as well, since it is difficult to imagine an intimate relationship that does not involve occasional conflict.

It was also discovered that cohabiting couples are more likely to argue about domestic chores than married couples but less likely to argue about paid work.

Conducted by Demographic Research, the survey looked at both cohabiting and married couples. It focused on heterosexual couples between the ages of 18 and 45 and surveyed 9,657 people across the 22 countries.

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