The predominant hair color by country varies depending upon where one is in the world. For instance, black hair is quite common in Asia and Africa. However, the highest percentage of people with red hair occurs in Europe, especially the United Kingdom. Blonde hair also sees its highest percentages in Europe, particularly in Scandinavia.
Finland has the highest blond hair population by percentage of the total population. Nearly 80% of the population has blond hair, and an astounding 89% of the population has blue eyes. Blond hair and blue eyes are one of the rarest combinations in the world. Many native Finns are Sami people who live in the northern region of the country, called Lapland, do not fit into this majority, though. Although native to the country, many of these people have dark hair and eyes, skewing the overall blond population percentage. Still, blond hair is largely attributed to inherited genes prevalent in the southern parts of Finland.
Just like its neighbor Finland, Sweden also has some of the highest rates of blond hair throughout the population. About 78% of Sweden’s population has blond hair. Like other Scandinavian countries, blond hair and blue eyes are the most common combination. Around 70% to 80% of the people also have blue eyes.
Unsurprisingly, another Scandinavian country has placed itself third on our list of countries with the highest percentage of blond hair citizens. In Norway, an estimated 75% of the population has blond hair, and between 60% to 80% of the population has blue eyes. Although Norway is third on the list, several people still live in Norway with dark hair. Native Norwegians, like the infamous Halvdan Svarte, had extremely dark hair. This 9th-century figure was the father of Norway’s first king.
In Estonia, an estimated 70% of the population has blond hair, and 64% of the population has blue eyes. Some people claim that 99% of Estonians have blue eyes, but science and surveys have determined this is an unrealistic assumption. Many Estonians actually have a blue-gray eye coloration that, like blond hair, is passed through generations from family genes.
Although positioned outside of Scandinavia on an island, there is a large population in Iceland with blond hair. Nearly 70% of the population has blond hair, and a staggering 90% of the population has blue eyes. Although blond hair and blue eyes are by far the most common combination in Iceland, there is also a rare red hair and green eye combination that is considered one of the rarest in the world found in Iceland.
Round 68% of the population in Denmark has blond hair. Denmark was one of the first countries the Vikings invaded, so it makes sense that the Danes inherited the trademark Viking blond hair. Interestingly, Danish Vikings have more instances of red hair than Swedish Vikings who retained their beautiful blond hair.