It’s official: Dutch men are the tallest.

I was driving to work this morning when an item on the news got my attention. Dutch men have been revealed to be tallest, research has shown. Whilst I already kinda knew that, it’s nice for it to be official. I was less impressed however to hear that Dutch women have been beaten by the Latvian female population. I must admit, for a second there, my world was upside down.


Ok, not really, but I do feel I’ve been robbed of a title or something. I now know how she must have felt. πŸ˜‰

wrong crown

(By the way, Is she holding an electric toothbrush or is she about the taser the crown-stealer? #askingforafriend) Β Anyway, it was big news in our small country, so here are a few articles on it, in case you want to read more about it.

First, here’s an abstract of theΒ research document:

A century of trends in adult human height

It was covered widely by various media, so here are a few of these articles,

BBC News: Dutch men revealed as the world’s tallest

The Guardian:Β Tall story? Men and women have grown taller over last century, study shows

Reuters: 100-year global study finds world’s tallest are Dutch, Latvians

Irish Times: Dutch men and Latvian women are the world’s tallest

There’s much more out there if you really can’t get enough of reading about it. Ask google. I’ve featured some other articles here.Β 

Oh, andΒ it wasn’t just ‘some research’; a comprehensive global study looked at the average height of 18-year old men and women in 200 countries between 1914 and 2014. So I guess I’m really not getting that crown returned. πŸ™


  • Reply
    26 July 2016 at 23:57

    I’d better get over to Holland then to find myself a nice Dutch man!

  • Reply
    27 July 2016 at 01:01

    It’s possible when taking average measurements, it includes immigrants and children of immigrants who may bring down the overall average. I’m assuming Latvia may be a bit more homogenous as the Neatherlands and that smaller populations can be disproportionately impacted by outliers.

    • Reply
      Tall Wife
      27 July 2016 at 22:20

      Hi Brian… Fair point, thanks! πŸ™‚

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