Q: What is the average height of an Icelander?
Shunra, Emeq-Hefer, Israel
A: According to the University of Iceland Science Web, the average height of Icelandic men is 180.6 centimeters and the average height of women 170.6 centimeters.
The average height of Icelanders has increased significantly in the past century and Icelanders are now among the world’s tallest nations.
An article from Morgunbladid’s archives says that according to measurements of excavated bones that date back to 900-1100 AD, the average height of men used to be 172.1 centimeters and of women 159.6 centimeters.
The average height dropped over the centuries; between 1700 and 1800 the average height of men was 162.2 centimeters and 153.3 among women.
In the 20th century the average height gradually increased, reaching 176.3 centimeters among men and 163.6 centimeters among women in 1967-69 and 179.4 centimeters and 166.3 centimeters, respectively, in 1988-89.