Top 20 Countries With the Shortest People

Which countries have the shortest citizens, according to a comprehensive study by the Imperial College of London?
Source data can be found here
Based on average of male and female height for people born in 1996
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Last updated: May 1, 2020
First submittedMay 1, 2020
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Male
Female
Country
159.8 (5′3)
151.2 (5′0)
East Timor
160.5 (5′3)
151.3 (5′0)
Laos
161.5 (5′4)
151.2 (5′0)
Madagascar
163.4 (5′4)
149.4 (5′0)
Guatemala
163.2 (5′4)
149.6 (5′0)
Philippines
162.3 (5′4)
150.9 (5′0)
Nepal
159.9 (5′3)
154.0 (5′1)
Yemen
162.8 (5′4)
151.3 (5′0)
Marshall Islands
163.8 (5′5)
150.8 (5′0)
Bangladesh
163.3 (5′4)
152.9 (5′0)
Cambodia
Male
Female
Country
163.6 (5′4)
152.8 (5′0)
Indonesia
162.2 (5′4)
154.4 (5′1)
Malawi
162.7 (5′4)
154.8 (5′1)
Rwanda
164.9 (5′5)
152.6 (5′0)
India
164.4 (5′5)
153.6 (5′1)
Vietnam
165.2 (5′5)
152.9 (5′0)
Peru
163.6 (5′4)
154.9 (5′1)
Papua New Guinea
164.1 (5′5)
154.4 (5′1)
Solomon Islands
164.8 (5′5)
154.0 (5′1)
Mozambique
165.3 (5′5)
153.6 (5′1)
Bhutan
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Level 62
May 1, 2020
Cool quiz!
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Level 52
May 1, 2020
Thank you; it is very cool to have one of my favourite quiz-makers comment on my quiz!
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Level 74
May 1, 2020
I found this one to be much more difficult than the other way around.
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Level 81
May 1, 2020
"Tall families are all alike; every short family is short in its own way." --Leo Tolstoy
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Level 79
May 1, 2020
Guatemala really stands out. None of the other countries nearby are on the list, but it's right near the top.
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Level 74
May 3, 2020
Roughly half the population seem to be pure indigenous (esp. Mayan). Without checking, I'm guessing it's the highest % in the area.
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Level 52
May 5, 2020
It is indeed the highest % in the area.
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Level 71
May 28, 2020
I went to a market there in a town called Solala. Stalls covered with blankets. I struggled, my ex-wife is 5'2", she was the tallest woman there, I'm 6'2". I felt like Yao Ming. The women weren't remotely close to 5ft tall. There must be a lot of Spanish descendants in Guatemala City that I didn't see!
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Level 81
Aug 9, 2020
I'm 6'6" imagine my experiences in the Philippines and Vietnam.
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Level 81
Aug 9, 2020
Lots of Guatemalans around the area of Virginia where I grew up and they are tiny tiny people.
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Level 65
May 5, 2020
I'm just under 5'2. I liked visiting Japan as I felt normal height there (I was surprised Japan wasn't on this list). My 6'2 husband felt like a giant.
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Level 52
May 5, 2020
Japan is not featured in the 25 shortest countries in the world list but according to a different source the average height for men aged 17 in Japan is 170.7cm(5'7) and for women it is 160.3cm(5'3).
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Level 81
Aug 9, 2020
When I was in Japan I noticed some REALLY small people there, who were normally proportioned but otherwise could have been midgets. However, the average person is not that short. In East Asia heights seem to diminish the closer you get to the equator. Perhaps its the stronger pull of gravity there.
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Level 81
Aug 9, 2020
Come to think of it this is true in Europe, too. And to some extent in South America. Maybe there's something to this theory. Hmm...

(I am kidding, people)

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Level 71
Aug 9, 2020
Possibly because larger (and therefore taller) people have a lower surface area to volume ratio. That makes them lose less body heat, which helps in colder areas.
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Level 78
Aug 9, 2020
I used to be 5'6" but now I am 5' 4 1/2" due to aging processes. I wonder if the average age of a country's population makes any difference on these stats.
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Level 67
Aug 9, 2020
ander217: It says people born in 1996 at the top of the quiz.
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Level 82
Aug 9, 2020
I have read that it is linked to meat consumption. As there has been a trend in Japan to eat a more western meat-based diet, average height has increased. No source readily available to back that up but it is a possible explanation.
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Level 81
Aug 10, 2020
Increased variety in your diet and better nutrition definitely factor. But that's not the whole story.
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Level 68
Aug 9, 2020
I'm 6'3 but didn't notice Japanese people being especially short, I'm more surprised that Myanmar isn't listed.

I remember in Yangon, standing in an elevator with 15 other people. One of the sides was a full length mirror and it looked like I was standing in the elevator full of children. I was at least 1 1/2 foot taller than everyone.

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Level 68
Jun 10, 2020
I'm usually one of the shortest in a crowd, being 178cm, but would feel like a giant in these countries..
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Level 81
Jun 10, 2020
A lot of overlap with the quiz I made on the subject, though it doesn't line up perfectly. Bolivia, Colombia, North Korea, Nicaragua, Bahrain, Malaysia, and Comoros mysteriously absent from this one; East Timor, Laos, Yemen, and the Oceania island nations didn't appear on my own.
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Level 51
Aug 9, 2020
come on I wrote marshall and solomon, can you accept those too?
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Level 52
Aug 11, 2020
This quiz uses the same type-ins as the 'countries of the world quiz' and neither 'marshall' nor 'solomon' are accepted in that quiz so I'm afraid they aren't in this one either.
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Level 51
Aug 9, 2020
also this quiz was hard because they were really spread out geographically, sometimes if I find one country I guess the countries that border it
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Level 52
Aug 11, 2020
I definitely think this quiz is a lot tougher than the tallest people one due to that fact.
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Level 48
Aug 9, 2020
I'm surprised Bolivia didn't make the cut! I'm 5'7" and growing up in Bolivia I thought I was quite tall. When I moved to the USA (and later South Korea, and later the UK), I was thoroughly disabused of this notion.
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Level 62
Aug 9, 2020
I guessed the poorest countries I could think of. Would be interesting to see how height tracks with food security.
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Level 55
Aug 9, 2020
Wow, what an interesting quiz!
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Level 68
Aug 10, 2020
Bergmann's Rule is a thing.
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Level 52
Aug 11, 2020
It definitely does seem to apply here to some extent, although Bhutan and Nepal are big exceptions.
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Level 65
Aug 10, 2020
Micronesia?
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Level 49
Aug 10, 2020
hahahah :D
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Level 30
Aug 11, 2020
Where's China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and especially North Korea with malnutrision and avitaminosis.
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Level 57
Aug 16, 2020
The people of North Korea are the tallest, most physically powerful and best led people on planet earth. And their government-provided numbers surely reflect these true facts.
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Level 66
Feb 9, 2021
Ok, calm down Mr. Kim
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Level 55
Aug 13, 2020
Loved this - intriguing. I first went to far eastern countries and learned that didn't work. Didn't get them all (how'd Guatemala get in there???), but didn't do too badly. Thanks!
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Level 74
Aug 16, 2020
Just missed on Guatemala
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Level 74
Oct 2, 2020
Maybe I should consider moving to East Timor. I'd finally be considered tall, or at least not short...
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Level 66
Feb 20, 2021
i don't think i even know a woman that's shorter than 150 cm... crazy