13 world leaders ranked by how tall they are




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  • 2022-11-24 12:30:00Z
  • By INSIDER
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and French President Emmanuel Macron (R) greet Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic (2nd R) and Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic (2ndL)Carsten Koall/Getty Images
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and French President Emmanuel Macron (R) greet Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic (2nd R) and Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic (2ndL)Carsten Koall/Getty Images  
  • World leaders vary widely in height, though many try to project the image of being taller than they are.

  • We often see them photographed together, allowing us to see just how much their heights can vary.

  • Here's how they stack up, from the president of Serbia coming in at 6 feet, 6 inches - or 198 centimeters - and Ireland's leader coming in at 5-foot-3, or 160 centimeters.

Studies have shown that voters lean toward taller politicians, viewing them as better suited to leadership.

But the world's leaders fill the whole spectrum, with some topping 6 feet and others closer to 5 feet tall.

World leaders don't always publicize their height, which means estimating often comes down to comparing them as they stand beside one another or with other celebrities whose heights are public.

Some world leaders even go out of their way to seem taller than they are, so their actual height can be something of a surprise.

Here's the height of 13 world leaders and how they compare with their counterparts. They are ranked from shortest to tallest.

Ireland's Michael D. Higgins: 5 feet, 3 inches (160 cm)

Ireland president Michael D HigginsCharles McQuillan/Getty Images
Ireland president Michael D HigginsCharles McQuillan/Getty Images  

The Irish president's smaller stature is exaggerated when he hangs out with his giant dogs, Bród and Síoda.

Source: DailyEdge.ie

Scotland's Nicola Sturgeon: 5 feet, 4 inches (163 cm)

Nicola SturgeonJeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
Nicola SturgeonJeff J Mitchell/Getty Images  

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon stands at 5ft 4 (1.63m).

Source: The Express

North Korea's Kim Jong Un: Between 5-foot-4 (163 cm) and 5-foot-7 (170 cm)

Kim Jong Un Moon Jae-in
Kim Jong Un Moon Jae-in  

The North Korean leader is often reported to be 5-foot-7, but it is unclear where that information comes from.

He appears to be shorter than South Korean President Moon Jae-in (pictured above), who is 5-foot-6, but experts also think Kim is often pictured wearing shoes that make him seem taller, which could mean he could be as short as 5-foot-4.

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak : 5 feet, 6 inches (170 cm)

British Prime Minister Rishi SunakStefan Rousseau/Getty Images
British Prime Minister Rishi SunakStefan Rousseau/Getty Images  

Rishi Sunak is the UK's first prime minister of Asian descent as well as the youngest one too.

Source: Huffington Post 

New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern: 5 feet, 7 inches (170 cm)

Jacinda Ardern
Jacinda Ardern  

Source: Vogue

Russia's Vladimir Putin: 5 feet, 7 inches (170 cm)

Russian President Vladimir PutinGetty Images
Russian President Vladimir PutinGetty Images  

Source: The Guardian

France's Emmanuel Macron: 5 feet, 7 inches (173 cm)

French President Emmanuel MacronThierry Monasse/Getty Images
French President Emmanuel MacronThierry Monasse/Getty Images  

Source: The Express

 

Hungary's Viktor Orbán: 5 feet, 8 inches (173 cm)

Viktor OrbanThierry Monasse/Getty Images
Viktor OrbanThierry Monasse/Getty Images  

Source: The Guardian

China's Xi Jinping: 5 feet, 9 inches(175 cm)

Xi Jinping Vladimir Putin
Xi Jinping Vladimir Putin  

China's Xi Jinping is said to be tallest Chinese leader since Mao, according to BBC.

Source: BBC

The US's Joe Biden: 6-feet (182 cm)

US President Joe BidenMANDEL NGAN/Getty Images
US President Joe BidenMANDEL NGAN/Getty Images  

Source: Statista

Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan: 6 feet (183 cm)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip ErdoganTIMOTHY A. CLARY/ Getty Images
Turkish President Recep Tayyip ErdoganTIMOTHY A. CLARY/ Getty Images  

Source: The Daily Sabah

Canada's Justin Trudeau: 6 feet, 2 inches (188 cm)

Canadian Prime Minister, Justin TrudeauHollie Adams/Getty Images
Canadian Prime Minister, Justin TrudeauHollie Adams/Getty Images  

Source: The Express

Serbia's Aleksandar Vucic: 6 feet, 6 inches (198 cm)

President of Serbia Aleksandar VucicThierry Monasse/Getty Images
President of Serbia Aleksandar VucicThierry Monasse/Getty Images  

Serbia's Aleksandar Vucic stands tall at 6 foot 6, making him the tallest world leader.

Source: Daily Sabah

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