Tall story: We're all growing up, but which country is the tallest in the world?

We're all growing up, but which country is the tallest in the world?

The world's tallest man is Turkey's Sultan Kösen (right, in case you were wondering). But where does his country feature in the list of the world's loftiest nations?

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Men and women all around the world have grown considerably taller over the last century. 

Research from Imperial College, London, has revealed that South Korean women have shot up the most, an average of 20.1cm since 1914, while Iranian men now stand an average 16.5cm taller than they did 100 years ago. 

The study looked at the average height of 18-year-old men and women in 200 countries between 1914 and 2014.

The UK came 38th in the list of tallest women, with an average increase in height over the century of 11cm taking British women to 164.4cm (5ft 4in), and 31st in the men’s list, where an extra 10.6cm has created an average height of 177.5 (5ft 8in). 

"We think, from a previous study, that about 25% of the difference in height between countries is genetic, and about 75% is environmental," Professor of Human Genetics Timothy Frayling, from Exeter University, told Julia Hartley-Brewer. 

So where should you go if you want to look up to your fellow man (and woman)? Below is a list of the top-five tallest countries by average height

Tallest Women

  1. Latvia - 169.8cm 
  2. Estonia - 168.7cm
  3. ​Netherlands - 168.7cm 
  4. Czech Republic - 168.5cm 
  5. Serbia - 167.7cm

Tallest Men​

  1. Netherlands - 182.5cm
  2. Belgium - 181.7cm
  3. Estonia - 181.6cm
  4. Denmark - 181.4cm
  5. Latvia - 181.4cm