Tallest Men in Europe
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From Dynamique de l'évolution humaine:
Average height of adolescents in the Dinaric Alps.

[Article in French]

Pineau JC, Delamarche P, Bozinovic S.

Dynamique de l'évolution humaine, CNRS, UPR 2147, 44, rue de l'Amiral-Mouchez, 75014 Paris, France. [email protected]

This study contributes to an update of average heights among European populations. Our investigation covering 2705 boys and 2842 girls aged 17 years, shows that, contrary to the general belief, adolescents of the Dinaric Alps are, on average, the tallest in Europe. With an average height of 185,6 cm [6'-1.1"], they are taller than Dutch adolescents (184 cm on average [6'-0.4"]). Above all, the density of very tall subjects appears to be characteristic of the Dinaric Alps, since 28% measure 190 cm [6'-2.8"] or more in height, as opposed to only 20% in Holland and 1.5% in France. Although our information is not complete, adolescent girls in the Dinaric Alps, with an average height of 171 cm [5'-7.3"] come a close second to girls in Holland.


The Dinaric Alps are a 400 mile-long range that runs along the Adriatic coast through most of the countries of the Balkans, such as Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, and Albania. Yugoslavia used to be the third best country in Olympic basketball after the U.S. and the Soviet Union, although its successor states have tailed off. Lots of long-legged fashion models come from these countries.


Anthropologist Carleton Coon's book on the Gheg tribe of Albania was entitled The Mountain of Giants.

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