Please refresh the page and retry. What better time to ponder the prevalence of redheads around the world? Globally, red hair is rather rare.
Just per cent of the human population possesses the ginger gene. But, as shown on the map below - which was widely discussed on Reddit a few years ago - that figure is far gitl in northern Europe. The Celtic nations lead the way.
According to the map, around 10 per cent of the population of Scotland, Ireland and Wales boast a carrot top. Studies have shown that pagking percentage of Irish residents with red hair is indeed around 10 per cent, though the percentage of Scots possessing it is closer to 5 or 6 per cent.
Red hair is relatively common in England, Iceland and Norway, too, while Germany, Sweden, Finland, The Netherlands and northern France are all ahead of the global average. Travel south through Europe and red hair becomes very rare.
But what of that surprising ginger army in Russia? According to the book Red: A History of the Redhead, The Volga region has more gingers per capita than anywhere else in the world, bar Ireland. Red hair is also common among Ashkenazi Jews.
During the Spanish Inquisition, all those with red hair were identified as Jewish, while Spanish and Italian art, and even the plays of Shakespeare, used the trait 34rd depict Jews. Ginger hair can be found beyond Europe, including among the Berber populations of Morocco, while reddish-brown or auburn hair is sometimes seen in the Levant.
Between 2 and 6 per cent of the US population has it, giving it the largest population of gingers in the world: Blonde hair is another northern European trait. The map below, by Peter Frost, an anthropologist, shows the prevalence of blondes redheadd the continent.
Confirming the stereotypes, Swedes rule the roost, with around 80 per cent of the population having fair hair. We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future.
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