Passenger Cars

Which areas in Europe have the largest number of cars per 1,000 inhabitants?

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Map of the amount of passenger cars in Europe.

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Many European countries have a decent railway and public transport network. Despite that, people still need cars to get around.

We can see on this map that there are quite some differences between countries. Finland, Italy and Poland stand out a lot. Almost everywhere in the country, the number of passenger cars per 1,000 inhabitants is quite high. In Italy there are even two regions where there are more cars than people, Valle d’Aosta and Trento.

We can also see that the number of cars per 1,000 inhabitants is lower in major urban areas in most countries. Berlin, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Paris, they all have a far lower number of passenger cars per 1,000 people than the rest of the country.

Data for this map comes from Eurostat. Eurostat defines a passenger car as a road motor vehicle, other than a moped or a motor cycle, intended for the carriage of passengers and designed to seat no more than nine persons (including the driver). Included are: passenger cars, vans designed and used primarily for transport of passengers, taxis, hire cars, ambulances, motor homes. Excluded are light goods road vehicles, as well as motor-coaches and buses, and mini-buses/mini-coaches. “Passenger car” includes micro cars (needing no permit to be driven), taxis and passenger hire cars, provided that they have fewer than ten seats.

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