Dutchies are the tallest people of the world. Wulan suggested me to write about this two days ago when I asked for ideas for blogpost on Twitter. According to the last statistic Dutchies are the tallest of the world followed by Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Estonia. All countries are situated in North Europe.
The average length for Dutchies: men 1.84 cm, women 1.71 cm. However they have not been always that tall. In the picture beneath you see the increasing length for Dutch men.
Pic is courtesy of dvhn
According to a number of researchers, this length is achieved by the following:
- Dutch diet: bread and dairy products (cheese, yoghurt, milk)
- Better spreading of wealth between various social classes
Those two are just theories. I believe the length is a combination of many factors: diet, wealth and health. In general Dutchies practice sport since they are young. Those intensive training plus moving around by bike might stimulate the growth in teen years in my opinion. And don’t forget the genetics.
There are also reports which state that children of migrants in The Netherlands are taller than their parents. This is interesting but I can’ t find valid data about this.
With my 1.63 cm length I notice Dutchies being the tallest people in the world during music concert very well. In public rest rooms, the mirror hangs usually so high, sometimes I can only see my forehead 🙂 However the tallest Dutchies come mostly from the north, from the provinces Groningen and Friesland. I live in Gelderland province.
I am the smallest in my office and my Dutch friends are averagely 1.70 cm and taller. Two of my Dutch girlfriends are 1.81 cm. When I kiss them on the cheek I need to stand on my toes, even with high heels. Sometimes I give my legs a rest and wearing flat shoes to my work. Then some of my colleagues realize how small I am.
Yes, I live in the land of the giants 🙂