Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The Blonde Hair Map

Apropos the last post, here is a map of the distribution of blonde hair across Europe, via Strange Maps.

Any guesses as to where the "blonde gene" first cropped up?

By the way, I don't want to sully the Vikings' good name by implying that they may have been engaged in any lascivious behavior during their various rampages across Europe, but it's interesting to compare the blonde map with this map of Viking invasions.


Anonymous said...

THIS MAP IS COMPLETELY WRONG, as many people say... I fully agree!
I am a school bus driver here in Spain (Valencia) and I can assure you that MANY of the Spanish kids are blond and light brown/dark blond. People is deeply confused about what they see in the movies (the dark haired dancer, it's a TOPIC!!) but the real thing is that the EUROPEAN Spaniards are much more lighter. For example...me. When I was a child I was completely blond, but now I am light brown. Another fact is that many people thinks that because Mexicans and people from Central America / south america are dark haired (colonized by Spaniards 500 years ago), then Spaniards are dark haired aswell. People should visit Spain, take a look at the Spanish kids, and they will see than many of them are blond and also blue eyed. So I agree with many people... this map is wrong!

Anonymous said...

Are there more than 20% blondes in Spain? If not, then there is nothing wrong with this map. It says clearly 1-19%. I'm from Poland and I must say most of the people has dark hair. Even in Russia, Estonia, Finland, Sweden the blondes are minority. Just like in every other society, I guess.

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