The Blonde Map of Europe

See the map here along with some interesting facts.

60 Responses to “The Blonde Map of Europe”

  1. 1 Spaniard March 19, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    Spain is lighter than that.

  2. 4 KnoxOmPax July 1, 2009 at 8:15 am

    This is incredibly inaccurate 😦

  3. 5 ANTHROPOLOGIQUE July 4, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    What a freaking joke! Should be 20-49% further east and south in Spain and Portugal, from where the line is now. A bit more of northern Italy should be 20-49%

  4. 6 Sean Peguero July 26, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    I have heard from many people that have visited Spain that there were many more blond hair blue eyed people than they had originally thouth to be. In fact many people have stated to me that they were very suprised to see so many blond blue eyed people in Spain.

  5. 7 Sean Peguero July 26, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    I would think that 25% of the population of Spain would be blond, red, orange, or light haired people. The other 75% of the people being brown, dark brown, or dark haired people.

  6. 8 Sean Peguero August 17, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    In thinking about it, it is probably more like 33% Blond, Red Haired, Orange Haired, or light haired and 67% brown or dark haired in Spain. I have always heard that there are many blonds red haired and light haired people in Spain. It has been from people that have either lived there or who have known Spanish people. I think that the north would have more blond and light haired people than the south. From what I understand Galacia, Austuria, Northern Castle, Cantabria, Catalan and Northern Spain in general, have a large amount of Celtic and Germanic settlers. So, the large amount of blond, orange haired, red haired, blue eyed people. Know, I know and American Woman who grow up in Southern Spain, and she said that there were a whole lot of blond haired blue eyed people in Southern Spain. She made it sound like there were a very large amount of blond haired blue eyed people in Southern Spain. Know, this American Woman was very very blond and blue eyed. So, she would know what a blond haired blue eyed person was like.

    • 9 R March 19, 2013 at 3:13 am

      Is she talking out of a bottle or natural blone? cause I have seen lots of blonde Spanish women out of a bottle,also what is considered blonde? where do you draw the line between blonde and light brown.

  7. 10 Sean Peguero August 21, 2009 at 1:46 am

    I would also think that there are more blonds in Germany and the Netherlands than in Great Britain. I know that Britain has many Blond People, but I would think that the percentages of blonds in Germany and the Netherlands would be higher than Britains. I would also think that Germany would have more blonds than North Western Russian and the Baltic States.

    • 11 Anna September 26, 2009 at 5:47 pm

      hahahahaaaa!! Are you kiddin’ me?
      “I would also think that Germany would have more blonds than North Western Russian and the Baltic States.” – Seriously, have you ever been to that region? I’m Estonian (half Russian) and I have been all over Europe and I can say that around here people are WAAYYY lighter than in Germany! In fact, the blond hair color is so common, that many blond women choose to dye their hair darker.
      And Finland is probably the “blondest” place on Earth…some people are so blond, that they come across almost as albino..:D

  8. 12 Sean Peguero September 29, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    I am not saying that their aren’t a lot of blond people in north west Russia, the Baltic states and Finland. I know that there are many many people that are blonde and blue eyed their. But, I would think that the original British and Germans would have a higher frequency of Blonds than east Europe. When I mean original people I mean original Europeans. I am not talking about Middle Easterner or noneuropeans, who may live in Germany or Briton. I would also say that the Swedes are the blondest of all people. I would say that the Norwegians, Danes and then Fins would be next. Then I would say the Germans, the Baltic people, the British would be next. Then then north Russians and north Poles and then the other Europeans. I would say that at least 80% or more of Swedes are blond. Then about 75% of Norwegians,Danes and Finns would be blond. Then about 70% of the Estonians would be blond. I would say that about 65% of Germans would be blond. Then about 60% of the British. About 60% maybe of the Lithuanians, and the Latvians being blond, and north eastern Russians. Then all the other Europeans. Their are even a high frequency of blondes in France, Spain and Italy. They are not the majority, but they are a large minority.

    • 13 Bolesław Chrobacki October 5, 2012 at 8:40 am

      There are since Germans kidnapped kids from other Slavic countries especially Poland on mass scale and also created places where selected “aryan” race was reproducted and they used selected slavic female prisoners by force too… so yeah! there must be many “really” aryan germans now. Many germans have celtic orgins (mostly darker if light than also red haired as common R1b genes people) and turkish imigration was really big too .. light colour genes are also recesive so mixing and multi-culti don’t helps this part of population grow in Germany… and there is at least 1 millions Polish minority there too.
      It depends also in which part of germny you check in North and East part they will be lighter since there were once slavic tribes Lusatians, Vielets… Sweden has really big immigration too so it could make them less light eyed, haired than Finnland too.

    • 14 R March 19, 2013 at 3:17 am

      I have seen very light people in England and Ireland ,most non-ethnic English and Irish have blue eyes,so do the Scots,but their har tends to be darker ,not real dark,but darker than Irish,and I do not know why the Welsh have white skin,but tend to have very dark har and eyes,can anyone tell me?

  9. 15 Tonio October 18, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    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!

    • 16 Bolesław Chrobacki October 5, 2012 at 8:42 am

      And how common Baque people looks like?
      Look in google there are maps were Spanish have higher degree of light eyed, haired people 😉 And this is quite interesting!

    • 17 R March 19, 2013 at 3:20 am

      It is very common for many white people to be blonder and lighter hair as babies and young and then your hair might become darker as you reach puberty.Some of the Spanish conquistadors were fair hair and light eyes ,for example see pics of Don Pedro de Alvarado ,coquistador of Central America ,looks celtic.

  10. 18 Sean Peguero October 24, 2009 at 1:17 am

    Tell that to anna she seems to think she know it all.

  11. 19 Pikk January 10, 2010 at 10:01 am

    ehm, About south Spain. Most skandinavians traWel to southern Spain in their vecations. So maybe your American freind saw some of them. On the other hand, there arent so many blond haired and blue eyed people in Europe as many think. And if you look at the map, it Includes ALL people living in the different countryes, so dont forget the massive immigration that is going on. 10% of Norways population are muslims. And 50% of Belgium are Africans. Just a reminder…

    • 20 Gregory March 16, 2013 at 8:29 pm

      You’re crazy. Where did you get the thing that 10% of Norway is muslim and 50% of Belgium is african? That’s nonsence seriously. France, which has the highest percentage of black people compared to other European countries, has at most about 10% of its population black. And about Norway, there is about 3% muslims there. In Sweden, there is like 5% muslims.

  12. 21 Veterator January 30, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    I’m Spanish and live in South-Eastern Spain.

    There are not so many blond or blue eyed Spaniards as Sean Peguero and Tonio say. In fact, the percentage of both traits is about 15% in Spain and 7% in Portugal.

    Of course, these percentages are somewhat higher in children.

  13. 23 Sean Peguero February 4, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    I am counting blue, green, grey and all light eyes. I am also counting light blond, red heads, orange hair and all light hair. I am also talking about the whole country of Spain not just one corner. I say about 30% for both. I don’t know so much about Portugal.

    • 24 R March 19, 2013 at 3:27 am

      depends where you go in Spain ,many Basques have blue eyes,so do about a quarter to half of the Catalans ,as you go to Murcia,Granada ,Valencia (yes there are some Valencians with light eyes ) they tend to have dark,hair and dark eyes.There are light eyed minorities all over Europe again I stress in some countries they are the minority,but there are some,same with Latin America.

  14. 25 Sean Peguero February 4, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    I am also counting medium blond and dark blond hair.

  15. 26 Melis September 17, 2010 at 5:38 am

    Turkishes are blond more than 1-19%. The truth is about 25-30%

    • 27 Stephen April 9, 2012 at 9:44 am

      That’s rubbish Melis! 1 in 4 in Turkey have blond hair? we dont even have that in Ireland!

      • 28 D Jade July 8, 2012 at 11:08 pm

        There are very different definitions of “blonde” being used in this conversation. Just thought I’d point that out. Anyway, luckily it doesn’t really matter. What really really matters is which football team you support.

      • 29 Bolesław Chrobacki October 5, 2012 at 8:47 am

        Ireland is celtic country 😀 Celts aren’t so light haired as east Aryans Slavs. But on other hand you have red hair too and on East aprt of Europe it is uniqe 🙂 So count red hair.
        Also you should know something about Turkey… when Ottomans attacked Europe they kidnapped Slavic women on mass scale for slaves (it was called to kidnap into Jasyr)… and thats why they have more light eyed, haired people now…

  16. 30 Sean Peguero October 7, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    I would say that Spain and Italy have a rate of 25% to 30% Blond, redhead, orange hair, and light haired people, but not Turkey. I know that Turkey does have light haired people, but it would be more like 7% of the total population. And, I would even say that there are Turks that look like Europeans because many of them desended from East Europeans. But, many more look more like Iranians or other Middle Easterners. Spain, Italy, Greece, and Portugal are White European Countries. And, eventhough 70% of them have dark hair 65% have dark eyes the people have White Eurpoean facial features, body builds and skin coloring.

    • 31 Sadrazam March 27, 2012 at 3:13 am

      You got it all wrong about Turkey and Greece. To start with almost 70% of the population of modern Greece have their roots in Anatolia which is modern Turkey. Around 30% of the Turks of Turkey have their roots in Balkan and Eastern Europe. That’s why Turks are such a mixed people of different colours. Which is a great thing. For example you would see much more red haired people in Turkey then many other western European country. The reason is unbelievable but since it is supported by many antropologists we have to count it as truth. The red haired people of Western Europe(except UK, Ireland parts of Holland) are exterminated in the middle ages by the inquisition courts by burning the red haired women as witches. Some survived the extinction of course but it is easy to note that they are not many.

    • 33 Amy February 15, 2013 at 8:27 am

      You think one in three Italian people have blonde hair? You’re using a very strange definition of blonde if you think that is the case. Even if we include people who blatantly dye their hair, I would say 1 in 5 would be an exaggeration. If one in three Italians were blonde, then why would my friends and I get so much attention and be called “biondina” wherever we went? If one in three people were blonde then our hair wouldn’t have been constantly pointed out by Italians.

  17. 34 Wiebke October 17, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Come on Sean? Be realistic! Do you really think Spain and Italy have a rate of 25% to 30% Blond? That’s funny man! And Spaniens, Italians, Greeks and Portugueses are not as white as other Europeans. They have got olive skin. They are dark people with their eyes, hairs and skin colors. They are not looking like real Europeans.

  18. 35 Sean Peguero November 30, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Then why do genetic studies show that spaniards are very closely genetically to the British and the Irish. The frequency of fair hair, eyes and skin is highest in Northern Europe, but the facial features and body builds of Southern Europeans are the same as Northern Europeans. And, their are many Southern Europeans that look Nordic. Anthropologist and geneticists say that Southern Europeans and Northern Europeans are the same race. It is just that Northerners are probably about 70% Blond, Red Head, Orange haired, blue eyed, green eyed and, about 85% very fair skinned. While Southerners are about 25%-30% fair haired and fair eyed. As for skin coloring the tanning from the sun has something to do with darker skin, but I would say that about 50% of Southerners are fair skinned. The darker ones are not dark but maybe a little tanned. And, you will see small differences between the two groups, but they are basically the same.

    • 36 R March 19, 2013 at 3:36 am

      The orinal poeple of the British Isles were Celts that came from Northern Spain around the region that today would be the Basque country ,so it would not be surprisingly they share genetic make up and then both had Germanic invasions,what was lacking in the British Isles was the Moorish invasion of Southern Spain ,so the Southern Spanish people have other roots as well:Moorish,Carthagen,Phoenician,Roman,but nowadays that is not confined to one place or another because people move around .

  19. 37 a finn December 15, 2010 at 8:05 am

    It really depends of where you think is the line between blond and brunette goes.For example, scandinavian people could consider brunette someone that for example Italians consider blond… And also, lots of people taint their hair nowadays, which makes the data of this map almost impossible to collect. And I can tell you guys, I have been all over France, lived in spain and Italy, that there isn’t much blonds!

  20. 38 Cyrus December 30, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    I used to live in Sweden and Finns are definitely more blond than Swedes. Of course, Swedes are still very blond so much that many blond Swedish girls dye their hair a different colour – because blond hair is so common.

    Also as already stated, there is different standards of what is considered blond and what isn’t – I have light brown hair and in Sweden I was considered dark haired but in France and Spain I am suddenly blond.

    Lastly, you have to consider how many people from southern Europe die their hair. Is Fernando Torres really blond? Not any more he’s not.

    If you think from observation that 30% – 50% of girls in southern Europe have blond hair you might be surprised to find how many of them get their colour out of a bottle.

    • 39 R March 19, 2013 at 3:38 am

      I have personally traveled through Europe and I must say the blondest people are as follow:
      7)British Isles

  21. 40 Laura_89 March 24, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    I’m from Madrid, Spain, and I gotta say that many of you are very wrong when saying that most people in Spain have dark hair and dark eyes. That’s not right at all. Many Spaniards have blonde hair and light eyes. In fact, my mom and I are the only ones in my family that have brown hair.
    Around 25-30% of the population in Spain have blonde hair (all types of blonde) and light eyes (blue, green, grey).
    That map is completely wrong. I’ve also been in Italy and a lot of people have blonde hair as well.
    I don’t know why people from central and Northern Europe think that in Southern Europe we all have dark hair and eyes. It’s not like that at all.
    I know many people are leaving comments about this when they’ve never been in Spain. Therefore you guys can’t really know for sure. So I advice you guys come to Spain and see for yourselves… Plus it’s a beautiful country 😀

    • 41 Munsterman June 12, 2011 at 1:22 pm

      Bullshit. I come from Ireland and have been to Spain 10 times and 99 % of people are dark. We have a lot of red and blond hair in Ireland & Britain and most people have blue eyes. I have rarely met a Spanish person with blue eyes!

    • 42 R March 19, 2013 at 3:40 am

      I do not know ,but personal observation in Madrid most people had dark hair and dark eyes,ow there were a lot of women who were blonde out of a bottle =)

  22. 43 Sean Peguero March 29, 2011 at 12:23 am

    I totally agree with you! Most people in Spain are also light skinned and have facial features very much like North Europeans.

    • 44 R March 19, 2013 at 3:43 am

      when you say Spain…depends parts of Northern Spain yes,but not the mayority.I do not know,by looking at this board, why Spaniards are so obssessed in proving they are so white or so “Northern European looking”

  23. 45 Laura April 9, 2011 at 10:46 am

    My father was from Santander, northern Spain and looked exactly like a Swede in physique. He had bright blue eyes,and bright blonde hair, as the rest of his siblings.

  24. 46 carlota May 14, 2011 at 2:52 am

    I’m Spanish and I live in madrid (center of the country) and I assure you that over 30% of the Spanish population is light eyes (blue, green, gray and mixed eyes of those colors) and light hair (blond dark blond redheads ..) my whole family is blonde or red hair and blue eyes, I’m such and I have dark blonde eyes green and blue mixed, I lived in Málaga (southern Spain) and in my class of 16 children 9 were hair and eyes clear, in terms of skin tone in Spanish are 78% the same skin tone as the Scandinavians, Swedes … the other 22% are olivacea or olive skin. As I have traveled to countries like USA, UK .. I have always talked in English thinking it was there, and I assure you I am Spanish and bred, in fact increasingly will be more Spanish eyes and light hair because they are genes recessive certainly assure that the data are true and I am a geneticist and work on all European definiendrazas not exist, Scandinavian and Spanish, Italian, Portuguese have the same genetic makeup.

  25. 47 Anonymous January 17, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Greece,Turkey and Italy has same skin colour and same eye colour and same light haired peoples

  26. 48 nelfromhell February 10, 2012 at 6:01 am

    spanish are not a race but a state. In the atlantic coast they are tipically brown haired with more blondes than in the rest of spain, and almost everyore has bright eyes, ( the ones whos genetic heritage come from there, because a lot of unskilled inmigrant from the south went there to work in the mid 20th century) apart from Galicia where the population previous to celtic and germanic was more important, nothing to be with mediterraneans but with basques. the basques are actually racially less basque than the population of the pyrennees, a bit further east, because there were celts (cantabrians) before tne basques invaded them and imposed their language.
    Central Spain is a mix of celtic-germanic with mediterraneans, and south and mediterranean coast is mediterranean with traits of germanic in isolated areas inland.
    When british say that the first populations in britain were dark spaniards, well they wernt spaniards, spain didnt exist then, and they wernt dark, cos they were from the northwest.
    later on the milesian celtic tribe from the northwest brought and imposed the gaelic language in Ireland, they were also the most numerous immigration of celts into ireland ever.

    • 49 R March 19, 2013 at 3:52 am

      The Celtic people who settled the British Isles from Northern Spain tended to be light,then the British Isles also had Viking invasions from the north.Now I do not know why the Welsh being so Celtic in cultures are darked hair and dark eyes,the probally had Spanish invasions since tehy are close to the coast of Galicia,I do not know does any one know the history of Wales? There are also many descendants of the Celts in North America(USA and Canada),Australia,New Zealand and white Africans who have the light hair and eyes,but many of those are mixed with Germans ,Dutch, and other light haired people.

  27. 50 ÜNTAÇ GÜNER (@uguner) May 13, 2012 at 3:14 am

    I m from Turkish Thrace and there are people colored eye with pale skin blonde heir. When you see them you may think that they are all from Finland or Nordic part of Europe. Ataturk, the father of the Turks, had blue eye blonde hair and pale skin. Also, it is not surprising to see red hair people around here. When we visited Helsinki in March 2012 we were so much surprised about Suomi Language because it is very much similar to Turkish both grammatically and pronouncedly. There may be a link between the Thracians and the Suomi People in the far back past history.

    • 51 Gregory March 16, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      Finnish people or Suomi are so blonde because of their centuries of breeding with their germanic neighbours (especially with Swedish people). Initially Finnish people came from Mongolia, then they established themselves in the Urals for about a couple of centuries and then settled in nowadays Finland. So the initial finns were mongoloid in appearance, same estonians and hungarians. Turkish people also come from central Asia. You turks are related to mongolians too. However, turkish people have breeded for centuries with balkan people, that’s why nowadays there aren’t really turks out there that look mongolian. However there are finns that look somewhere between asian and indo-european. I know one of them personally. She’s my classmate.

      • 52 R March 19, 2013 at 3:58 am

        how true,if you look at the Finns and many Russians,compared to the Swedes ,both are blond,but the Finns have mixed Euroasian features,different cheekbones,slanted eyes,so yes I am sure they are mixed with Siberian people.The Swedes and the Latvians are the most Germanic looking as far as the rounder faces and eyes.Given the propensity for Mongloid people to think lighter is better I would not doubt that each generation gets lighter by mixing with their Germanic neighbors,same thing happened to the Native Americans.

      • 53 IlpoTj August 8, 2013 at 6:28 am

        Actually, that’s utter bs, based on 1900 century science. Fact is that the no pigmentation gene mutation happened most probably around Baltic sea Sweden or Finland. So everyone blonde blue eyed is descended from these people. Some Finnic people migrated east, not the other way around.
        Blonde Germanic or Slavic people is a result of them mixing with the original inhabitants of Scandinavia.

  28. 54 Amy February 15, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Italy looks pretty accurate to me. I’m a blonde and just came back from a year studying in Milan. I would definitely say that less than 1 in 5 people were blonde. Everywhere I went people would called me Biondina and talk about my hair like they’d rarely seen it before. In Urbino a woman from Naples made me take a photo with her grandson because I was blonde. I certainly did not see blonde Italian people very often at all.

    Although I did notice Southern Italian (and Spanish) people have a weird habit of calling people with light brown hair ‘biondina/rubia’. Maybe that’s where people are getting confused? This map charts true blondes (“yellow hair” as people have so charmingly referred to mine!), whereas a lot of Latin countries think lighter skin and hair makes a biondina/rubia.

  29. 55 Sharein February 24, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Yes, the Spaniards are green eyes and blond and tall. Why? My great and great and granfather was green eyes and blond and tall.

  30. 56 R March 19, 2013 at 4:06 am

    Just a note there is more “pure” Germanic stock in the United States and Canada then in Spain,Italy or Greece.

  31. 57 Veronica June 7, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    I’m blonde and from Poland and i know that there are more blonds than what is written on this map, they’ve got it all wrong

  32. 58 L January 8, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Spain does NOT have a high percentage of blonde adults. But then why wouldn’t the Spanish people be typically darker considering the country’s Moorish history?

  33. 59 Jey July 16, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Compared to other Northern European countries, England seems to be a lot less blond. A lot of the people dye their hair blond but naturally its far less occuring than Holland, Germany or Scandinavia and seems to be a lot more similar to France. I’m half Italian and English but a lot of English people could pass off as Southern European quite easily (just look at Rowan Atkinson!). In Southern Europe, my observation is that Spaniards (particularly from Andalucia and the south) are the darkest looking although there are plenty of fairer individuals further north in Galicia, Asturia, Catalunya and the Basque region. Northern Italians seem to be the fairest of them and I saw a lot of blond haired blue eyed individuals in Milan, Bologna, Turin, Venice and Genoa. Southern Italians tend to look a lot more “typical Mediterranean”. Greeks kind of look like a combination of them both but also with Balkan characteristics but I haven’t spent enough time in Greece to notice!

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