Being tall has a lot of benefits. You have that certain degree of attractiveness if you are tall; it even represents confidence and grace. Shorter men will be intimidated by you while women will find you handsome just because. A school survey says that tall people don’t get bullied and when applying for jobs, in general, tall people are most likely to get hired. Anyway, from what nations are the tall people coming from? Here is the top 10 list:
10. United States of America – 5 feet 9 inches / 175.26 cm
United States of America has 324,707,000 residents. Roughly 73% of the 324.7M people are purely white Americans. With their protein diet and love for dairy food plus the high standards of living, it is expected that they are among of the tallest people in the world.
Polls say that an average American man stands 5 feet 9 inches or 175.26 cm , give or take. They used to top the list of the tallest people in the world but now, Europeans are taking the lead. Anyway, the tallest person according to Guinness Book of World Records is Robert Pershing Wadlow. He measured 8 feet and 11 inches or 271.78 cm and he was American.
9. Australia – 5 feet 9 inches / 175.26 cm
The continent down under is also the home to some of the tallest people in the world. In a collective survey of both men and women a few years back, their height measurement in average was 5 feet and 9 inches or 175.26 cm. But some recent polls suggested that Australian men can grow as tall as 6 feet or 182.88 cm. If this was the case, then, something in their genes, diet and environment is making Australians taller than most people.
The tallest Australians in history are Aaron Sandilands and Peter Street. Both of them stood 6 feet and 11 inches or 210.82 cm. They were athletes and played for the Australian Football League back in the ‘80s.
8. Ireland – 5 feet and 10 inches / 177.80 cm
The Irish are not just known for their intriguing accent, the Leprechaun and whiskey. In 1982, it was recorded that the tallest person in the world at that time was Patrick Cotter O’Brien (1760-1806). He was a native of Kinsale, County Cork in Ireland and he was one of the first people in the world to reach 8 feet or 243.84 cm tall.
Actually, Patrick was 8 feet and 1 inch or 246.38 cm and was a circus star named “Irish Giant”. His death was associated with the gigantism disease, the scientists believed. Today, the average height of an Irish man is 5’10” or 177.80 cm so naturally, they are in the list of the tallest people in the world.
7. Finland – 5 feet and 10 inches / 177.80 cm
The Finnish government is very keen on their promotion of overall wellbeing. They encourage breastfeeding because breast milk is super nutritious. It keeps the baby strong and fit – immune to diseases. They are also campaigning about the importance of clean living and healthy eating. They believe that people should get into sports and physical activity, as well.
True enough; the Finnish people are among of the tallest people that walk this Earth with an average height of 5 feet and 10 inches or 177.80 cm. The tallest man from Finland was Väinö Myllyrinne. He stood at 8 feet and 3 inches or 251.46 cm tall.
6. Greece – 5 feet and 10 inches / 177.80 cm
The Greeks are fish eaters and love to bask under the heat of the sun. Research shows that these acts can promote growth which is why they are one of the tallest people in the world. They have been blessed in terms of height – the Greek Gods must be so happy with them and thus, they have longer limbs compared to others. Take for instance Wassiliki Calliandji. Wassiliki was 7 feet and 6.5 inches tall at age 21. She died at such a young age, though.
Men in Greece these days grow to at least 5 feet and 10 inches or 177.80 cm tall. The Greek women reach 5 feet and six inches or 167.64 cm , in average.
5. Lithuania – 5 feet and 11 inches / 180.34 cm
A staple in the Lithuanian diet is the rye bread. If they are not eating rye, they substitute it with potatoes. To add more texture to their meal, they eat a good serving or two of beef or chicken. Lean, if possible. This is their diet and it is believed to be one of the causes of their tallness.
The men in Lithuania are at least 5 feet and 11 inches or 180.34 cm tall. In the rural areas, the average height is 5 feet and 9.5 inches or 176.53 cm. They are shorter in the rural areas maybe because of their environment and their workload. Anyway, the tallest Olympic delegate for swimming is Rolandas Gimbutis. He’s from Vilnius, Lithuania and stands 6 feet and 10.5 inches or 209.55 tall.
4. Germany – 5 feet and 11 inches / 180.34 cm
Germans love their sausages and dairy products. Their daily diet will always include sugary foods, fat and foods rich in protein. So, does this affect the way their bones stretch and grow? Well, for one, genes are definitely a factor in being tall. Environment and the food you eat are factors. Germans have an average height of 5 feet 11 inches or 180.34 cm.
As for world records, Julius Koch is the tallest German in history. He was 8 feet and 1 inch or 246.38 cm tall and he lived for 30 years only. He suffered from daddy-longlegs syndrome which is common for people who are extremely tall. Julius was an actor back then and starred in a short film entitled The Giant Constantin.
3. Norway – 5 feet and 11 inches / 180.34 cm
People in Norway are at least 5 feet and 11 inches or 180.34 cm tall. They live quite well as they were ranked by United Nations to be the second country with the highest standards of living in the whole world. If that is the case, then, it means that Norwegian people are ready to spend money just so they can eat good food.
Kjell Petter Opheim is from Norway and a goalkeeper for Stryn Fotball. He is six feet and 8 inches or 203.20 cm tall. Another tall football player from Norway is Even Iversen. Even is 6 feet and 8 inches or 203.20 cm tall. He was a defender back when he played for the Norwegian League Champions Bode/Glimt. Øyvind Hoås, another football player, was a striker and his height was a towering 6 feet and 8 inches or 203.20 cm.
2. Denmark – 6 feet / 182.88 cm
If you visit Denmark and you are on the petite side, then, brace yourself. Most of these Danish people are extremely tall. They are at least six feet or 182.88 cm. Why are people in Denmark so tall? The answer is enriched nutrition. As the income of the people in Denmark increases, the average height of the people living there also grows. This means that if you have more money to buy the best food, then, you can eat healthy and well-balanced meals day after day. That’s how they have lived in Denmark for many decades now.
1. Netherlands – 6 feet and half inch / 182.88 cm
Nothing can beat the people of Netherlands when it comes to height. They are really tall people, with an average height of 6 feet and half an inch or 184.15 cm. It is not just about the food they eat. Throughout time, many men from Netherlands have been in the history books as record holders for their tallness.
This is not yet verified by Guinness Book of World Records but the tallest woman in history is from Netherlands. Her name is Trijntje Keever and she was 8 feet and 4 inches 254 cm tall. There is also Loek van Mil who played baseball and was recognized as the tallest at 7 feet and 1 inch or 215.9 cm tall. Ted van der Parre was the World’s Tallest Strongest Man with a height of 7 feet 213.36 cm tall. All of them were from Netherlands.