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Athens, a flirting capital

It has been the subject of a 2010 documentary and now it has put Athens at the top of an online study: it is ?kamaki,? the now-legendary practice of flirting, inventively though not-so-subtly named after the harpoon.

In 2010 it was a Greek filmmaker from Rhodes who decided to give more than a passing thought at that island?s reputation for its macho, hairy chested ?harpooners? and at the tourists — most of them of northern European origin — they succeeded in pulling in and who continue to live on the island to this day. The documentary ?Colossi of Love? is as hilarious — the accounts of the greying and paunch-bellied former Romeos are a cringing cast back to the 1980s — as it is fascinating in what it reveals about a culture of men who love everything about women.

Bringing ?kamaki? into the modern day and age, social networking dating website Badoo analyzed over 12 million ?flirtatious contacts? in some 200 cities around the world to come up with a list that ranks Athens as the most flirtatious city in the world. It is followed by Moscow, Kuwait City, Baku and Tunis. Turin, Rome and Bari hold that last three places in the Top 10.

So, while The Economist may have ranked Athens as one of the worst cities to live in in Europe in its 2011 list, at least you have good chances of getting a date in the Greek capital.