Latvia had EU's third-deadliest roads in 2021

Preliminary data published by the European Commission March 28 suggests Latvia retains some of the deadliest roads in the European Union.

Only Romania and Bulgaria have more road traffic fatalities per head of population than Latvia, and in contrast to most other countries in the EU, Latvia's number of fatalities has actually increased over the last two pandemic years.

Across the EU, an estimated 19 800 people were killed in road crashes last year. This was an increase of 1 000 deaths (+5%) on 2020, but still represents almost 3 000 (-13%) fewer fatalities compared to the pre-pandemic period in 2019.

"EU-wide, road deaths in 2021 rose by 5% on the previous year, although comparisons with 2020 are strongly influenced by the traffic level patterns in each country during the course of the pandemic. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of road fatalities fell by 17%," the European Commission said.  

The overall ranking of countries’ fatality rates has not changed significantly with the safest roads being found in Sweden (18 deaths per one million inhabitants) while Romania (93/million) reported the highest rate in 2021.

The EU average was 44 road deaths per million inhabitants. Latvia had an unenviable rate of 78 deaths per million inhabitants, an increase of 6% on 2020's 73/million and 11% on 2019's 69/milion. Only Slovenia (54/million) and Finland (40/million) also registered increases over the last two years, 

In 2021 Estonia's rate was 39/million and Lithuania's was 52/million.

Road deaths per million inhabitants – preliminary data for 2021

 

 

Rate per million population

% change 2021 in relation to :

 

2019

2020

2021

2020

2019

Av 2017-2019

EU-27

51

42

44

5%

-13%

-15%

Belgium

56

43

43

0%

-23%

-19%

Bulgaria

90

67

81

21%

-11%

-12%

Czechia

58

48

50

3%

-14%

-14%

Denmark

34

28

23

-17%

-32%

-26%

Germany

37

33

31

-6%

-16%

-19%

Estonia

39

44

41

-7%

6%

-1%

Ireland

29

29

27

-6%

-2%

-5%

Greece

64

54

57

5%

-12%

-14%

Spain

37

29

32

10%

-14%

-16%

France

50

39

45

16%

-9%

-11%

Croatia

73

58

72

23%

-2%

-7%

Italy

53

40

48

19%

-10%

-14%

Cyprus

59

54

49

-8%

-15%

-14%

Latvia

69

73

78

6%

11%

6%

Lithuania

67

63

52

-17%

-22%

-20%

Luxembourg

36

42

38

-8%

9%

-13%

Hungary

62

47

56

18%

-10%

-12%

Malta

32

21

17

-18%

-44%

-49%

Netherlands

34

30

28

-4%

-16%

-14%

Austria

47

39

40

4%

-14%

-13%

Poland

77

66

59

-10%

-23%

-22%

Portugal

67

52

50

-3%

-24%

-22%

Romania

96

85

93

8%

-4%

-6%

Slovenia

49

38

54

43%

12%

15%

Slovakia

50

45

47

5%

-4%

-4%

Finland

38

40

40

0%

6%

-3%

Sweden

22

20

18

-6%

-13%

-28%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Switzerland

22

26

23

-12%

7%

-8%

Norway

20

17

16

-5%

-19%

-18%

Iceland

17

22

24

13%

50%

-33%

 

 

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