World record of most tall people in one location was broken by the Netherlands

Have you ever gone to a football stadium to NOT watch a game? You probably have. But have you ever been there to break a world record? You probably have not. More than 850 tall people gathered together in the Galgenwaard stadium stands in Utrecht to break a world record, reports NOS.

They succeeded in making their mark in the world by beating the previous record of 136 tall people from Australia, one which was undefeated for 10 whole years! It’s no secret that Dutch people are tall, so is it really surprising to know that they could gather so many tall people in one place? 😉

How tall did you have to be?

Tessa Smit, the organiser of the attempt and who is 1.8m tall herself, said that women had to be taller than 1.80m and the men had to be taller than 1.90m. She says these are above average heights, even for the Netherlands.

Who organized this world record attempt?

This was organised by the Klub Lange Mensen, which literally translates to the long people club. They look after the interests of tall people in the Netherlands. “For example, we managed to raise the minimum height for doors. And the Dutch Railways asked us to test whether their new trainsets are suitable for tall people.”

It was part of their annual event of bringing tall people together. This event attracts people from all over Europe, but also the United States and Canada. They have around 3500 members, as of 2018.

Will it enter into the Guinness Book of World Record?

We don’t know that yet, unfortunately. It has, however, been officially registered with the organisation. “But it can take weeks before Guinness officially recognizes the record,” says Smit. “And you don’t have a guarantee of getting into the book. I do think we have a good chance. I think this is more striking than baking the poffertjes world record.”

Pretty neat thing to achieve, isn’t it? Are you tall person in the Netherlands? What is it like for you here? Let us know in the comments below!

Feat Image: Brian Dorff via Pixabay
Kavana Desai
Kavana Desai
Coping with the aftermath of her 3-year stint in the Netherlands, Kavana is a writer, content creator and editor for DutchReview. Hailing from India, she frequently blogs about the Netherlands, being Indian in the Netherlands, and everything in between. She envisions herself to one day be the youngest person to win that Nobel Prize for Literature (she is also not very humble but welcomes only constructive criticism). In the meantime, she fills her days with writing for DutchReview, writing her master's thesis on art theft, and writing fiction that will hopefully see the light of day soon.


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