Quality and safety of roads around the world

In the world, roads vary quite a bit in quality. Also, some countries have safer roads than others. But what are the best, safest, worst and most dangerous roads in the world?

In this blog article you’ll read:

Best roads

In 2018, the Netherlands was among the top 10 best roads in the world. At that time, the Netherlands ranked 3rd. In first place was Singapore followed by Switzerland. Furthermore, the top 10 looked like this:

Most dangerous roads

In 2018, there were more than 25,000 fatal accidents on European roads. In Romania, the roads are the most dangerous. In that country, there are 96 road deaths per million inhabitants. Romania’s surrounding countries aren’t so safe either. This is because bad roads also exist in Bulgaria (88 deaths per million), Latvia (78 deaths per million) and Croatia (77 deaths per million). It isn’t to say that all of these accidents are because of bad roads, what can also lead to this is how a country enforces traffic rules and punishes violations.

Safest roads

In the category of most dangerous roads, the Netherlands is in place 25 out of 28 European countries. So the Netherlands has safe roads. Ireland at number 26, Denmark at number 27 and the United Kingdom at number 28 also have safer roads. The last man standing, and the country with the safest roads, the United Kingdom, had the fewest deaths per million in 2018, at 28.

Worst roads

The World Economic Forum, an organization that looks at how competitive a country is economically, conducted a survey in 137 countries in 2017-2018 on how people felt about the quality of roads. Here they could give a grade between 1 and 7, where 1 stood for very bad roads and 7 for best roads.

A selection of countries that scored poorly in this regard is shown in the table below. View the entire list. In the complete list, the Netherlands is in place 5 with a score of 6.1. Striking is that our neighbor Belgium is much lower at place 46 with a 4.5.

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