On average, they're only ½ inch (1 cm) shorter than the average European.
Köszönöm! Interesting! That made me think to look here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_average_human_height_worldwide
Is it odd that I thought the sentence meant - The Hungarian does not like tourists?
well,magas reminds a little bit of mag in german,that is "like" .so not too odd.even though it doesn't mean that