The Average Height in Europe 2022

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With its beautiful, historical places, tasty cuisine, and rich cultural background, Europe is one of the most interesting and most visited continents. Like any other continent, Europe has changed a lot over the years. With the new technological developments, the lifestyle of Europeans has become healthier, which is probably one of the most important factors why the average height in Europe has increased a lot over a century. In fact, the ten tallest countries in the World are now in Europe, read the rest of the article to find out which those countries are.

The Average Height of People in Europe in 2022

As we’ve said before, today, the tallest people in the world are living in Europe. According to the World Health Organization (WHO)’s research, the average height for a man in Europe is 5 feet 11 inches (180 cm), while the average height for a woman in Europe is 5 feet 5.7 inches (167 cm). Compared to the average height in the world, men in Europe are 1.5 inches (4 cm) and women in Europe are 1.4 inches (3.5 cm) taller. 

The data shows that in the last 100 years, the average height of young adult males in Europe increased by 11 cm, which is incredible, especially compared to the average height change in the US, you can read that article as well if you are interested.

According to the research that is published in the journal eLife, Portuguese men’s average height is the shortest male average in Europe, at 5 feet 6.7 inches (172.9 cm); while Maltese women’s average height is the shortest female average in Europe, at 5 feet 2.7 inches (160.8 cm).

The Average Height in the UK

Although the UK is not considered to be a part of the European countries anymore, we would still like to talk about the average height in England. Currently, the average male height in England is 5 feet 9 inches (175.3 cm), and the average female height in England is 5 feet 3 inches (161 cm). Therefore, an average British man is 2 inches and an average British woman is 4.7 inches shorter than the European average height.

The reason why the height average in the UK is much shorter than the European average is because of the dietary differences and limited physical activity in the UK, especially in big cities like London. Eating deep-fried, fatty foods is a common dietary choice in England, which is something that affects the growth hormones in children. In addition, because of the busy city life, accommodation, and traffic, physical activity is very limited in England, especially in the working class.

The Ten Tallest Countries in the World

As we’ve mentioned before, the first ten tallest countries are in Europe.

Country Men Women
1-The Netherlands 6 feet (183.7 cm) 5 feet 5.7 inches (170 cm)
2-Montenegro 6 feet (183.3 cm) 5 feet 5.7 inches (169.9 cm)
3-Bosnia and Herzegovina 5 feet 9.8 inches (182.4 cm) 5 feet 4.9 inches (167.4 cm)
4-Denmark 5 feet 9.6 inches (181.8 cm) 5 feet 5.5 inches (169.4 cm)
5-The Czech Republic 5 feet 9.4 inches (181.1 cm) 5 feet 4 inches (167.9 cm)
6-Serbia 5 feet 9.2 inches (180.7 cm) 5 feet 5.1 inches (168.2 cm)
7-Lithuania 5 feet 9.2 inches (180.7 cm) 5 feet 4.9 inches (167.6 cm)
8--Slovenia 5 feet 9.3 inches (180.9 m) 5 feet 4.8 inches (167.2 cm)
9-Croatia 5 feet 9.2 inches (180.7 cm) 5 feet 4.7 inches (166.8 cm)
10-Germany 5 feet 9.1 inches (180.2 cm) 5 feet 4.4 inches (166.1 cm)

Therefore, the tallest nation in the world is the Netherlands.

The Average Height in Latin America, on the other hand, is much different from Europe’s, you can read that article as well if you wonder about the research results.

Now that you’ve learned anything and everything about the average height in Europe, with our Height Comparison Tool, you can compare your height to the UK male average height, female average height, the tallest or shortest person, and even to your friends and family.

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