Travel Picks: Top 10 mustachioed nations for "Movember"

Thu Nov 5, 2009 10:44pm EST
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SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - In a growing campaign to refer to November as "Movember," men around the world are being encouraged to grow a mustache for 30 days to raise awareness and funds for prostate and testicular cancer.

Men's website has come up with its list of the 10 most mustache-dense countries to mark the fund-raising campaign that is believed to have started in Australia in 1999.

For even though the United States was the clear winner at the World Beard and Mustache Championships held in Anchorage, Alaska, in May this year, capturing 12 world titles out of 18 categories, it is not the most mustache-dense nation.

The United States dethroned Germany which had dominated the competition since it started in the 1990s.

The list was compiled by the website's editors (here) and is not endorsed by Reuters:

1. India

Some estimates suggest as many as 80 percent of men in southern India wear moustaches, which immediately places that one region above most countries in terms of mustache-wearing men. Moustaches have long held an important place in Indian culture, seen as a symbol of virility. An Indian also holds the title of the world's longest mustache, measured in 2004 at 12.5 feet.

2. Mexico

Mexico has long had a very masculine culture, and icons such as Emiliano Zapata and Pancho Villa may have had an influential role to play when it comes to growing moustaches. Going further back, many indigenous peoples did not grow facial hair, so when the European settlers arrived, it may have been a way of demonstrating their different social status.   Continued...

<p>Frenchman Herve Diebolt, a participant of the international World Beard and Moustache Championships smiles in Gruendau near Frankfurt September 19, 2009. Over 160 participants compete in 17 categories of beard and moustache styles. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski</p>