Which are the safest countries to drive in?

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Over the last week or so, the travel advice on the UK government website has been updated with 2019 figures for the ratio of road accidents per 100,000 of population.

In the early days of the pandemic, roads were fairly empty. Not now. Which are the countries with the most dangerous roads?

Primarily Just about Travel has extracted the figures for European countries because that is where most readers will drive.

The UK has 2.6 deaths per 100,000 of population and Ireland 2.9 both being some of the lowest rates in Europe. Only Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Sweden have lower figures.

At the other end of the spectrum Romania, Bulgaria, Poland and Croatia are countries where the rate is almost three times as high as in the UK

If you travel outside Europe then Morocco is a driving hazard with the rate being approximately nine times that of the UK ad Ireland. In comparison, the USA has 11 deaths per 100,000 of population or just over four times that of the UK and Ireland. 


Austria    4.7 deaths per 100,000 population

Belgium   5.6

Bulgaria   9

Croatia     7.3

Cyprus     5.9

Czech Republic   5.8

Denmark   3.4

Estonia     3.9

Finland     3.8

France      4.8

Germany   3.7

Greece      6.5

Hungary   6.2

Iceland     1.7

Italy         5.2

Latvia       6.9

Lithuania  6.6

Malta        3.2

Netherlands        3.8

Norway    2.0

Poland      7.6

Portugal    6.0

Romania   9.6

Slovakia   4.4

Slovenia  4.9

Spain       3.7

Sweden   2.2

Switzerland 2.2

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