Countries with the tallest men revealed… and there’s 10 INCHES difference between first place and last
It is perhaps best known for its breathtaking tulip fields and iconic windmills.
But the Netherlands can also lay claim to another award: home to the tallest men in the world.
Men born in 1996 in the European country measure an average of 182.54 cm, according to figures.
That’s the equivalent of about 6ft.
In comparison, the typical male Briton born in the same year is 177.49cm, or about 5ft 10.
The elevation data, collected in 1996 and based on the average, is available for 195 countries
The ten highest countries
- Netherlands -182.54 cm
- Belgium – 181.70 cm
- Estonia – 181.59 cm
- Latvia – 181.42 cm
- Denmark – 181.39 cm
- Bosnia – 180.87 cm
- Croatia – 180.78 cm
- Serbia – 180.57 cm
- Iceland – 180.49 cm
- Czech Republic – 180.10 cm
Meanwhile, American men are on average nearly the same height (177.13 cm).
Elevation data, shared by Our World in Data, an Oxford University-backed platform, is available for 195 countries and involves millions of participants.
The results were calculated by dividing the sum of total heights by the male population.
The Our World in Data team shared their results, writing, ?Poor nutrition and childhood illness limit human growth.
‘As a result, the average height of a population is strongly correlated with the standard of living of a population.
“This makes the study of length relevant to historians who want to understand the history of living conditions.”
But height cannot be used as a direct measure of well-being. Researchers believe that individual height is largely determined by genetic factors.
After the Netherlands, Belgium (181.70 cm), Estonia (181.59 cm), Latvia (181.42 cm) and Denmark (181.39 cm) round out the top five countries with the tallest men.
At the other end of the scale, East Timor is home to the smallest males, measuring 159.79cm (5ft 2) on average.
It was followed by Yemen (159.89 cm), Laos (160.52 cm), Madagascar (161.55 cm), and Malawi (162.23 cm).
According to Guinness World Records, Robert Wadlow was the tallest man who ever lived in 1940 at 272 cm.
The shortest man in the world, still alive, is Afshin Ghaderzadeh, who is 65.24 cm (2ft 2).
Countries with the tallest men are revealed in new table