The world's tallest (and shortest) countries

Ever wondered which nationalities are the tallest? No? Well we have. 

The map above shows 98 nations colour coded according to the average height of its male residents (no reliable data is available for those countries that appear in grey). It will suprise no-one to see The Netherlands at the top of the table. The Dutch are well known for their lofty height. Other countries among the 10 tallest include Denmark, Norway, Germany and Croatia. Britain, whose men are 1.77m, on average, comes in at 26th.

The world's 20 tallest countries

1. Netherlands - 1.838m

2. Montenegro - 1.832m

3. Denmark - 1.826m

4. Norway - 1.824m

5. Serbia - 1.82m

6. Germany - 1.81m

7. Croatia - 1.805m

8. Czech Republic - 1.8031m

9. Slovenia - 1.803m

10. Luxembourg - 1.799m

Gents from Bosnia and Herzegovina might feel aggrieved to be left off that list. According to some sources they are a fraction taller even than the Dutch. The www.averageheight.co, which collects data from a variety of sources and whose statistics we used for our map, adds that Nilotic peoples that live in regions near the Nile Valley, the African Great Lakes, and southwestern Ethiopia, and are regarded to be among the tallest people on earth with an average male height is 6ft 3in (1.9m). Ethiopia, however, doesn't appear on its table of tallest countries. 


Amsterdam: tall people roam here

At the other end of the scale, the shortest countries are mostly in Asia and South America. 

Jakarta, capital of the world's shortest country

The world's 10 shortest countries

1. Indonesia - 1.58m

2. Bolivia - 1.6m

3. Philippines - 1.619m

4. Vietnam - 1.621m

5. Cambodia - 1.625m

6. Nepal - 1.63m

7. Ecuador - 1.635m

8. Sri Lanka - 1.636m

9. Nigeria - 1.638m

10. Peru - 1.64m

As for average female heights, the picture is similar.

The Netherlands is still number one (1.699m), and Denmark, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Norway and Croatia remain in the top 10. Indonesia, Bolivia, The Philippines, Peru, Vietnam, Nepal and Sri Lanka, meanwhile, are still among the shortest states. 

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk

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