The Best and Worst Roads in Asia

We looked at the roads in Europe, but how good is the quality of the roads in Asian countries?


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Map of the road quality in Asia

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The quality of the road infrastructure in Asia varies widely, as we can see. It has some of the best roads in the world, but also some of the worst.

Singapore has the best roads, not just in Asia, but in the whole world. Japan and Hong Kong are in second place with a score of 6.1. Asian countries score quite well globally. Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, the UAE, South Korea and Oman all make it into the global top 10.

On the other end, there is Yemen, which has by far the worst roads in Asia. With a score of only 2.1. Globally, it’s no. 138 out of 141. Lebanon (2.6) and Nepal (2.9), also don’t score very well. On a global scale, both of them don’t do very well either. Lebanon is no. 126 out of 141 and Nepal ranks 120th globally.

The data for this map comes from the Global Competitiveness Report 2019 by the World Economic Forum, in which 141 countries are rated on a variety of topics. Some of those ratings are the outcome of The Executive Opinion Survey. 12,987 business executives in 139 economies answered 78 questions, which asks them to evaluate the situation for specific domains at the country level. One of these questions was: “In your country, what is the quality (extensiveness and condition) of road infrastructure?”. People could give a rating from 1 (extremely poor—among the worst in the world) to 7 (extremely good—among the best in the world).

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