Fatal road accidents in EU regions

The EU’s roads are among the safest in the world and have generally become safer over time. That said, road safety remains a major societal issue: in 2019, there were, on average, 52 road fatalities per million inhabitants across the EU.

Have a look at the map to see how your region compares in terms of both road fatalities and road injuries.

 

 

 

 

 

At a regional level, the highest incidence rates were recorded in Prov. Luxembourg in Belgium (171 road fatalities per million inhabitants), Região Autónoma da Madeira (165) and Alentejo (156) in Portugal. On the other hand, the lowest incidence rates were recorded in Wien in Austria (6), Stockholm in Sweden (9) and Berlin in Germany (11).

To address the issue of road safety, the EU has adopted Vision Zero, which aims to reduce the number of deaths on the EU’s roads to almost zero by 2050. The strategy has set the initial goal of cutting in half the number of fatalities and serious injuries by 2030.

 

Between 2009 and 2019, the incidence rate for road fatalities in the EU fell by almost one third (-32 %). This downward development was repeated in more than 9 out of every 10 regions for which data are available. The most rapid declines were recorded in Ciudad de Melilla in Spain (-100 %), while two regions in Greece (Sterea Ellada and Anatoliki Makedonia, Thraki), Wien in Austria, Västsverige in Sweden, and Luxembourg also recorded falls of more than 60 %. By contrast, there were 19 regions across the EU where the incidence rate for road fatalities increased during the period under consideration.

 

Would you like to know more about transport statistics in the EU?

  • You can read more in the dedicated section of the Regions in Europe – 2021 interactive edition.
  • You can also read more in the dedicated chapter of the Eurostat regional yearbook – 2021 edition.

The corresponding maps in the Statistical Atlas provide a full-screen interactive map experience. At a regional level, the highest incidence rates were recorded in Prov. Luxembourg in Belgium (171 road fatalities per million inhabitants), Região Autónoma da Madeira (165) and Alentejo (156) in Portugal. On the other hand, the lowest incidence rates were recorded in Wien in Austria (6), Stockholm in Sweden (9) and Berlin in Germany (11).

To address the issue of road safety, the EU has adopted Vision Zero, which aims to reduce the number of deaths on the EU’s roads to almost zero by 2050. The strategy has set the initial goal of cutting in half the number of fatalities and serious injuries by 2030.

Between 2009 and 2019, the incidence rate for road fatalities in the EU fell by almost one third (-32%). This downward development was repeated in more than 9 out of every 10 regions for which data are available. The most rapid declines were recorded in Ciudad de Melilla in Spain (-100%), while two regions in Greece (Sterea Ellada and Anatoliki Makedonia, Thraki), Wien in Austria, Västsverige in Sweden, and Luxembourg also recorded falls of more than 60%. By contrast, there were 19 regions across the EU where the incidence rate for road fatalities increased during the period under consideration.

Would you like to know more about transport statistics in the EU? 

For more information: 

  • Ireland, Portugal except Região Autónoma da Madeira, and Finland: provisional data.
  • In this article, the regional data are presented at NUTS 2 level. Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Iceland and Liechtenstein: single regions at this level of detail.
  • Regions and cities, overview page on the Eurostat website
  • Transport, overview page on the Eurostat website
  • Eurostat database section dedicated to transport (regional transport statistics are located under ‘Multimodal data’).

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