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here are the safest countries in Europe

The European Commission has released figures on road deaths in 2020: here are the countries in Europe with the lowest fatalities.

In 2020, the drop in car traffic, due to health restrictions, had an impact on the number of road fatalities in Europe, even if it is difficult to measure. In total, the European Commission considers that 18,800 people were killed in a road accident last year, either a decrease of 17% compared to 2019. In other words: almost 4,000 fewer people lost their lives on the roads of the European Union in 2020 compared to 2019.

Road safety: European roads are the safest in the world

Looking further back, over the last decade between 2010 and 2020, the number of road fatalities in Europe has fallen by 36%. With 42 road deaths per 1 million inhabitants, European roads are the safest in the world, the world average being over 180.

Among the countries whose statistics fell in 2020, we find France, with 39 deaths per million inhabitants (-21% compared to 2019), Malta, Italy, Belgium, Denmark, and Spain. The safest roads in Europe remain in Sweden

, with 18 deaths per million inhabitants, while Romania is the worst performer, with 85 deaths per million inhabitants.

Road safety: ranking the safest roads in Europe

Here is the ranking of European countries according to their road fatality rate (deaths per million inhabitants) in 2020, and their evolution compared to 2019:

  1. Sweden: 18 deaths per million inhabitants (-14%)
  2. Norway: 18 (-11%)
  3. Malta: 21 (-31%)
  4. Iceland: 22 (33%)
  5. Suisse : 26 (21%)
  6. Denmark: 27 (-22%)
  7. Spain: 29 (-21%)
  8. Ireland: 30 (6%)
  9. Netherlands: 31 (-8%)
  10. Germany: 33 (-11%)
  11. Slovenia: 38 (-22%)
  12. Austria: 38 (-19%)
  13. France : 39 (-21%)
  14. Italy: 40 (-25%)
  15. Finland: 40 (4%)
  16. Luxembourg : 42 (18%)
  17. Belgium: 44 (-22%)
  18. Slovakia: 45 (-9%)
  19. Estonia: 45 (15%)
  20. Hungary: 46 (-25%)
  21. Czechia: 48 (-16%)
  22. Portugal : 52 (-18%)
  23. Greece: 54 (-16%)
  24. Cyprus: 54 (-8%)
  25. Croatia: 58 (-20%)
  26. Lithuania: 63 (-6%)
  27. Poland: 65 (-15%)
  28. Bulgaria: 67 (-26%)
  29. Latvia: 74 (7%)
  30. Romania: 85 (-12%)

Note that the European Commission has taken into account countries that are not part of the EU, such as Switzerland, Norway or Iceland, while the United Kingdom is no longer part of these statistics.

Source: European Commission

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