Few weeks ago in a hotel in Zurich the pillows were huge. Week after went to Graubünden/Grisons and at the hotel the pillows were also huge. I start calling them the “Swiss German pillows”. E parents also have semi-huge pillows, probably due the German mix of the family.
All my life the pillows had a certain size, unchanging. Of course not counting here the old-style portuguese “travesseiro” (which wikipedia describes as “body pillows”). “The” pillow size is, for me, (after seeing the links below I’m not sure anymore) 50x60cm.
Starts one going around Switzerland and you get another standard of pillows. You decide to buy pillow covers to your home and the standard size is 65x65cm… or 65x100cm. The semi-huge and huge pillows I described before. But the pillows you bought in IKEA the year before are 50x60cm.
Making a more deep study about standard pillow size across a few European countries, using as measure the following IKEA link: http://www.ikea.com/fi/fi/catalog/categories/departments/bedroom/10686 and changing the “fi/fi” by the country/language required, one gets:
Portugal, Spain, Netherlands, Finland, Russia, Hungary, Poland: 50x60cm
UK, Italy: 50x80cm
Switzerland: 50×60 ad 65×65 (but other shops, like Micasa you see: 40x60cm and 65x100cm mostly)