5 feet 8 inches for a man is not considered short in most countries, because the average height is shorter than this. For example, in Bahrain, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Bolivia and India, the average height is several inches shorter than 5 feet 8 inches.
In Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Slovenia, 5 feet 8 inches is considered short for a man. Since China has a population of 1.36 billion people and India has a population of 1.27 billion, a person who stands 5 feet 8 inches tall is above average in height. For a woman, 5 feet 8 inches is considered tall worldwide.