10 Countries With Shortest People In the World

Junrey Balawing, 25, of the Philippines, was named the world’s smallest living man in September 2015. He stands at only 59.9cm (1 foot 11.58 inches).

Despite being the most extreme example, he is part of a more significant scientific phenomenon: Filipinos are among the world’s shortest people.

INSIDER compiled a ranking of average height data from the NCD Risk Factor Collaboration, a project affiliated with Imperial College London.

It lists separate figures for male and female altitude in each country — we averaged these two figures to get a rough idea of how tall the average individual is in the nation. We also mentioned the separate male and female figures.

1. Timor-Leste — 155.47cm (5 feet 1.28 inches)

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The average height on the Southeast Asian island of Timor is 155.47cm (5 feet 1.28 inches).

Timorese men are on average 159.79cm (5 feet 2.90 inches) tall.

Timorese women are on average 151.15cm (4 feet 11.50 inches) tall.


2. Laos — 155.89cm (5 feet 1.37 inches)

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The average Laotian stands 155.89cm (5 feet 1.37 inches) tall.

On average, a Lao man stands 160.51cm (5 feet 3.19 inches) tall.

On average, Lao women stand 151.26cm (4 feet 11.55 inches) tall.


3. Madagascar — 156.36cm (5 feet 1.56 inches)

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The average person in Madagascar is 156.36cm (5 feet 1.56 inches) tall.

The average Malagasy man is tall and 161.54cm (5 feet 3.60 inches).

The average Malagasy woman is 151.18cm (4 feet 11.51 inches) tall.


4. Guatemala — 156.39cm (5 feet 1.57 inches)

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The average Guatemalan is 156.39cm (5 feet 1.57 inches) tall. 

The average Guatemalan man is tall and 163.40cm (5 feet 4.33 inches).

The average Guatemalan woman is 149.38cm (4 feet 10.81cm) tall.


5. Philippines — 156.41cm (5 feet 1.57 inches)

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An average Filipino is 156.41cm (5 feet 1.57 inches) tall.

The average Filipino man is tall and 163.22cm (5 feet 4.25 inches).

The average Filipino woman is 149.60cm (4 feet 10.89 inches). 


6. Nepal — 156.58cm (5 feet 1.64 inches)

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The average Nepalese person is 156.58cm (5 feet 1.64 inches) tall.

The average Nepalese man is 162.31cm (5 feet 3.90 inches) tall.

The average Nepalese woman is tall and 150.86cm (4 feet 11.39 inches).


7. Yemen — 156.92cm (5 feet 1.78 inches)

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The average Yemeni is 156.92cm (5 feet 1.78 inches) tall.

The average male in Yemen is 159.88cm (5 feet 2.94 inches) tall.

The average female in Yemen is 153.97cm (5 feet 0.61 inches) tall.


8. The Marshall Islands— 157.05cm (5 feet 1.83 inches)

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An average person in the tiny Micronesian nation of the Marshall Islands is 157.05cm (5 feet 1.83 inches) tall.

A man from the Marshall Islands is on average 162.80cm (5 feet 4.09 inches) tall.

A woman from the Marshall Islands is on average 151.30cm (4 feet 11.56 inches) tall.


9. Bangladesh — 157.29cm (5 feet 1.92 inches)

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The average Bangladeshi is 157.29cm (5 feet 1.92 inches) tall.

The average Bangladeshi man is 163.80cm(5 feet 4.48 inches).

The average Bangladeshi woman is tall and 150.78cm (4 feet 11.36 inches).


10. Cambodia — 158.11cm (5 feet 2.24 inches)

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Cambodians are on average 158.11cm (5 feet 2.24 inches) tall.

The men are 163.32cm (5 feet 4.30 inches) tall, while the women are 152.90 (5 feet 0.19 inches) tall.