Latvia's roads the most dangerous in the EU

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The road fatality rate in Latvia per a million inhabitants is the highest in the EU, sitting at 105 while the EU average is 51, according to the March 2015 Road safety in the European Union report by the European Commission. 

Latvia was one of the rare countries where the statistic has got worse since 2010, although it has shrunk by 18% in the rest of the EU. 

Romania, Bulgaria, Lithuania and Poland did similarly badly, with more than 80 dead per million inhabitants, while in neighboring Estonia the figure was markedly better 59. 

The safest roads in 2014 were in Malta, the UK, the Netherlands, and Sweden, where fewer than 30 people died in crashes per million inhabitants. 

In addition to this, Latvia is also among the worst performers in terms of pedestrian deaths, as pedestrians make up 39% of road traffic fatalities in Latvia, while the EU average is 22%.

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