Four years ago (in 2013) when I wrote a post about the sexiest world leaders my inspiration was Mexico's then newly-elected president, Enrique Pena Nieto (now famous for resisting Donald Trump's bullying). Although he remains on the list, the inspiration for this year's revue of eye-catching heads of state is Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau - perhaps you've heard of him? But then a few months after this post was published, France's new president, Emmanuel Macron, showed up. Needless to say, with Barack Obama's eight years over, the US is no longer represented - but he gets this honorary photo. Moving on, we begin with 15 elected heads of state followed by eight leaders born to royalty. (Ages listed are as of March 2017.)
Prime Minister of Canada (population: 35 million)
Commentary: One more reason for loving Canada. I wouldn't call him handsome, he's more cute, in a towering (6'2"), Canadian Mountie kind of way. Sort of reminds me of actor Luke Wilson.
President of France (67 million)
Age: 39/Height: 5'7"
Commentary: Like Trudeau, he exudes boyish charm, plus he has a French accent. And he gets even more points for winning the battle of the handshake with Trump.
ENRIQUE PENA NIETO
President of Mexico (122 million)
Age: 54/Height: 5'7"
Commentary: A holdover from the previous post, he's the only leader on this list from the 27 nations with populations greater than 50 million. At 5'6", he's one of the shorter presidents (comparable to Putin). Not very popular, with lots of corruption baggage, but his standing has improved by standing up to the boorish behavior of Trump.
Prime Minister of Greece (population: 11 million)
Commentary: If you played word association, the word most likely to be chosen upon hearing Tsipras's name would likely be "embattled", as he tries to find ways of keeping the Greek economy afloat. He's done wonders for the image of Greek men, showing the world that not everyone looks like Aristotle Onassis.
Prime Minister of Albania (population: 2.8 million)
Commentary: A former basketball star, at 6'7" he's the tallest of the world's heads of state. Brings to mind action star Jason Statham.
President of Bulgaria (population: 7 million)
Commentary: Exudes boy-like cuteness rather than sex appeal.
Prime Minister of Bulgaria (population: 7 million)
Commentary: If Bulgaria's president (above) isn't your cup of tea, perhaps its prime minister is more your type. A six-foot bruiser, he's known for his fondness for soccer and karate.
Prime Minister of Croatia (population of 4.3 million)
Commentary: Tall (6'3"), with a sexy, approachable intellectual look. He was born in Zagreb, the same city as my maternal grandfather.
Prime Minister of Iceland (population of 323,000)
Commentary: A bear of a man who may not age very well, but right now he's handsome in a civilized, Viking kind of way. I especially like the second photo, which looks like it came from the pages of an Eddie Bauer or LL Bean catalog.
Prime Minister of Luxembourg (population of 543,000)
Commentary: Openly gay, Bettel and his husband, Gauthier (married in 2015), get the award for Cutest Same-Sex Power Couple (UN Division).
Prime Minister of the Netherlands (population of 17 million)
Commentary: Dutch men, on average, are the tallest in the world and Mark Rutte lives up to that fact as he's a towering 6'5". (Seeing a photo of him standing next to 5'7" Vladimir Putin, you may never think of Putin in the same menacing way.) Still single, there have long been questions about his sexuality.
Prime Minister of Spain (population of 47 million)
Commentary: Another tall drink of water (6'3"), Sanchez recently assumed his position in May of 2018. He named two openly gay politicians to his cabinet.
President of Poland (population of 39.5 million)
Commentary: Cute, in an elfin way.
Prime Minister of Portugal (population of 10.5 million)
Commentary: I don't know his political style, i.e., he could be a prick or corrupt, but with such a warm, avuncular glow, I'd be very surprised/disappointed if he were less than a gentleman.
President of Romania (population of 20 million)
Commentary: Brings to mind what the star quarterback in high school now looks like 40 years later.
AND NOW, THE DISTINGUISHED ROYALS ...
KING PHILIPPE OF BELGIUM
Commentary: One word: Distinguished
JIGME KHESAR NAMGYEL WANGCHUCK, KING OF BHUTAN
Commentary: Exotic sex appeal, with eyes that look into the soul.
HENRI, GRAND DUKE OF LUXEMBOURG
Commentary: Great title, the Grand Duke exudes refinement.
PRINCES GUILLAUME & SEBASTIANE - LUXEMBOURG
Ages: 35 (Guillaume) and 24 (Sebastiane)
Commentary: Sons of the Grand Duke, the apples don't fall very far from the tree.
HAMDAN BIN MOHAMMED AL MALOMIN - CROWN PRINCE OF DUBAI
Commentary: Heaven must be missing an angel...
PRINCE CARL PHILIP OF SWEDEN
Commentary: I never would have guessed that he was Swedish.
PRINCE HARRY - ENGLAND
Commentary: His brother has always been the more serious, responsible one while Harry is the lovable and adorable one, but since turning 30 he seems to have come into his own. Despite being 6"2", he's still the "little" brother, as Prince William is an inch taller.