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The Netherlands in the top five safest countries in Europe for driving

The Netherlands in the top five safest countries in Europe for driving

The Netherlands in the top five safest countries in Europe for driving

A new report has revealed that the Netherlands is in the top five safest countries in Europe for driving, with one of the lowest numbers of fatalities per one million members of the population.

ACEA road fatalities report

The report by ACEA, the European umbrella organisation of car manufacturers, outlines the number of deaths caused by car accidents in all European countries in 2017. The average number of road fatalities per one million inhabitants in EU countries in that year was 49. The Netherlands stands below this average, with “only” 31 deaths per one million members of the population in 2017.

According to the report, Sweden had the lowest number of fatalities, with 25 deaths per one million inhabitants. Romania, however, experienced the most, with an average of 99 deaths.

The report also revealed that the number of fatalities due to traffic accidents has fallen significantly in the last 20 years. In 2001, 59.000 fatal accidents were registered in the EU alone. This dropped by almost 50 percent, to 25.300 in 2017.

The total average of road fatalities in the EU per day is 69, making road accidents the leading cause of death in the European Union. However, this average is still lower than can be found in any other continent.

Safest European countries for driving

  1. Sweden - 25 deaths 
  2. Great Britain - 28 deaths 
  3. Denmark - 30 deaths 
  4. The Netherlands - 31 deaths 
  5. Ireland - 33 deaths 
  6. Estonia - 36 deaths 
  7. Germany - 39 deaths 
  8. Spain - 39 deaths
  9. Malta - 41 deaths 
  10. Luxembourg - 42 deaths 
  11. Finland - 43 deaths 
  12. Austria - 47 deaths 
  13. Slovenia - 50 deaths 
  14. France - 51 deaths 
  15. Slovakia - 51 deaths 
  16. Belgium - 54 deaths 
  17. Czech Republic - 55 deaths 
  18. Italy - 56 deaths 
  19. Portugal - 58 deaths 
  20. Cyprus - 62 deaths 
  21. Hungary - 64 deaths 
  22. Lithuania - 67 deaths 
  23. Greece - 68 deaths 
  24. Latvia - 70 deaths 
  25. Poland - 75 deaths 
  26. Croatia - 80 deaths 
  27. Bulgaria - 96 deaths 
  28. Romania - 99 deaths
Victoria Séveno

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Victoria grew up in Amsterdam, before moving to the UK to study English and Related Literature at the University of York and completing her NCTJ course at the Press Association...

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