Danish men fifth tallest in the world

The average 18-year-old measures 181.4 cm in height

Danish men are the fifth tallest in the world, reveals a new study published in the medical journal eLife on Tuesday.

Researchers from NCD Risk Factor Collaboration mapped out the height of 18-year-olds in 187 countries and compared the growth trend between 1914 and 2014.

Danish men have increased their height by 11.4 centimetres over the past 100 years, moving up from ninth place.

The average 18-year-old Danish man is now 181.4 cm tall – barely half an inch shy of six foot.

Meanwhile, 18-year-old Danish women are – with an average height of 167.2 cm – also among the tallest on the planet.

They have gone up 10.1 cm over the past century and moved from 11th place to their current ranking of 7th.

READ MORE: Danish men keep getting taller

The tallest and smallest
Dutch men (182.5 cm) and Latvian women (169.8 cm) are the tallest, while the world’s smallest men live in East Timor (159.8 cm) and the smallest women in Guatemala (149.4 cm).

The largest gain in height over the past century was recorded among South Korean women and Iranian men, who have increased their height by 20.2 cm and 16.5 cm respectively.

Scientists maintain that being taller is associated with enhanced longevity, higher education and earnings.