Latvia has deadliest roads in Baltic states

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Latvia continues to record more road deaths as a proportion of population than most of Europe, according to Eurostat data for 2020 released November 21.

Latvia recorded 73 road fatalities per million inhabitants in 2020. The figure was higher than in Estonia (45 deaths per million) and Lithuania (68 deaths per million across most of the country and 50 deaths per million in Vilnius district).

Though Latvia ranks highly in the regional data, there are large parts of Poland, Bulgaria, Romania Greece and Portugal that fare even worse, as well as road death hotspots in other countries.

Road deaths in EU, 2020
Road deaths in EU, 2020

In 2020, the highest incidence was recorded in the southern Portuguese region of Alentejo (135 road fatalities per million inhabitants). There were two regions that reported no road deaths at all: Valle d’Aosta/ Vallée d’Aoste in northern Italy and the relatively small island region of Åland in Finland.

A majority of the 24 regions with relatively low fatality rates were predominantly urban areas, including 10 capital regions. Leaving aside the two regions without fatalities in 2020, the next lowest incidence rates were recorded in the Swedish capital region of Stockholm (5 road fatalities per million inhabitants), the Austrian capital region of Wien (6), and the northern German region of Hamburg (8). 

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