Per Capita Road Coverage in EU Regions

May 21, 2018
Chart of Roads per Thousand People in EU Regions

The chart above shows road lengths per thousand people in EU regions.  The Northern EU has nearly double the length of roads per person that the Eastern EU has.


  • The difference between the region with the most roads per capita, the Northern EU, and the region with the least, the Eastern EU, is 8.00 kilometers.
  • The Northern EU has 1.80 times the roads per capita that the Eastern EU does.
  • Only the Northern EU has more than 15 kilometers of roads per thousand inhabitants.
  • Only the Eastern EU has less than 10 kilometers of roads per thousand inhabitants.


  • Population data is from 2011.
  • Road length data is from 2008 except for Denmark which is from 2006, and Italy and Portugal which are from 2005
  • Road and population data come from different sources.
  • Bulgaria is not included because it did not have complete data in the road data set.
  • All figures are rounded to the nearest hundredth.
  • The Northern EU consists of Sweden, Denmark, and Finland.
  • The Southern EU consists of Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus, and Malta.
  • The Western EU consists of Germany, United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Ireland, and Luxembourg.
  • The Eastern EU consists of Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.


Even though the Eastern EU has the three top states with the most kilometers of road per person, the Northern EU still manages to come out on top as a region while the Eastern EU ends up last in this metric.

The European Union as a whole has 10.61 kilometers of road for every thousand inhabitants ranking it just under the Southern Eu and above the Western EU.


European Union Road Federation.  2011.  "European Road Statistics 2011."  Accessed March 12, 2018.

Eurostat.  2017.  "Data Explorer."  Accessed December 11, 2017.

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