A comparative study of more than ten thousand men in 25 EU countries sees the well-hung Swedes pull up just short of their counterparts in the land of the baguette and the coq gaulois.
Men from the very tip of Italy to the shadow of Nelson’s column whipped out their measuring tapes for the benefit of the German-based Institute of Condom Consultancy, an organization that highlights the importance of condom size in the fight against unwanted pregnancies and AIDS.
According to the study, an erect French penis stretches to an average of 15.48 centimetres (6.09 in). The average Swedish member trails the leader by a short head, crossing the finishing line at 15.36 centimetres.
At the other end of the spectrum, men in Greece – the linguistic home of the phallus – get the short end of the stick, measuring in at just 12.18 centimetres.
Cynics might suggest that the study was just a case of Gallic showboating and Greek modesty.
But the head of the Institute of Condom Consultancy, Jan Vinzenz Krause, claimed French letters really were something to write home about.
“We observed during a two month test that men in France use a significantly higher number of large condoms than men in Greece,” he said in a statement.
Krause added that it was vital for men to wear condoms that best suited their size requirements.
“It is the same as the fact that we have different sized feet and wear shoes that fit us.”