List of OECD countries by road network size

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Map indicating the amount of roads per 100 km² of land area for each country

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries below are listed by the size of their motorway network and public road network.

Definitions[edit]

The OECD has defined[1] a road to be:

Definition:
Line of communication (travelled way) using a stabilized base other than rails or air strips open to public traffic, primarily for the use of road motor vehicles running on their own wheels.
Context:
Included are bridges, tunnels, supporting structures, junctions, crossings and interchanges. Toll roads are also included. Excluded are dedicated cycle paths.

The OECD has defined[2] a motorway as:

French Equivalent: Autoroute
Road, specially designed and built for motor traffic, which does not serve properties bordering on it, and which:
(a) is provided, except at special points or temporarily, with separate carriageways for the two directions of traffic, separated from each other, either by a dividing strip not intended for traffic, or exceptionally by other means;
(b) does not cross at level with any road, railway or tramway track, or footpath;
(c) is specially sign-posted as a motorway and is reserved for specific categories of road motor vehicles.
Entry and exit lanes of motorways are included irrespectively of the location of the sign-posts. Urban motorways are also included.

See List of highway systems with full control of access and no cross traffic.

Tables[edit]

The tables show the total network length, per capita length, and density.

Motorway network[edit]

Country Total network length of
all motorways[3] (km)
Length of motorways
per capita[3] (mm)
Motorway density[3]
(m of motorway per square km)
 Austria 17l20 204.41 20.51
 Belgium 1763 167.73 54.17
 Canada 16900 534.59 1.69
 Czech Republic 1050[4] 100.31 13.31
 Denmark 1340 236.04 31.09
 Finland 739[5] 140.60 2.19
 France 11392 172.74 17.78
 Germany 12845 159.40 35.98
 Great Britain 3555 60.41 15.46
 Hungary 1361 137.36 14.63
 Iceland (37)[6] (115)[6] (0.36)[6]
 Ireland 663[7] 149.9 9.43
 Italy 6661 111.60 21.94
 Japan 7383 57.79 19.54
 South Korea 4044[8] 80.88 40.36
 Luxembourg 147 319.57 56.84
 Mexico
 Netherlands 2274 139.01 54.76
 New Zealand 171 41.3 0.64
 Norway 194 41.81 0.6
 Poland 2549 60.49 7.46
 Portugal 2647 249.32 28.65
 Slovakia 580 107.4 11.83
 Spain 16214 347.16 32.04
 Sweden 1740 192.31 3.87
  Switzerland 1361 182.46 32.97
 Turkey 2100 [9] 25.83[10] 2.61[10]
 USA 75008 253.05 7.79

Total road network[edit]

Country Total network length of
all public roads[3] (km)
Length of public roads
per capita[3] (m)
Road density[3]
(m of road per square km)
 Australia 810,624 39.16 105
 Austria 106,962 12.91 1275
 Belgium 152,256 14.49 4678
 Canada 1,408,800 44.56 141
 Czech Republic 55,510 5.42 704
 Denmark 72,411 12.76 1680
 Finland 79,132 15.06 234
 France 1,000,960 16.27 1816
 Germany 644,480 7.82 1805
 United Kingdom 398,350 6.77 1733
 Hungary 180,994 17.92 1945
 Iceland 12,869 28.84 125
 Ireland 95,752 22.58 1352
 Israel 17,686 2.51 801
 Italy 487,700 8.42 1816
 Japan 1,192,972 9.34 3157
 South Korea 105,703[8] 2.11 1055
 Luxembourg 2,894 6.29 1119
 Mexico 366,095 3.26 186
 Netherlands 117,430 7.18 2828
 New Zealand 93,460 22.57 347
 Norway 92,863 20.01 287
 Poland 382,615 10.04 1186
 Slovakia 20,236 10.07 998
 Spain 666,204 15.15 1320
 Sweden 215,000 23.76 478
 Turkey 426,951[11] 5.48[10] 554[10]
 USA 6,341,421 21.69 668

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ OECD (2004-02-26). "Glossary of Statistical Terms". Retrieved 2007-07-17. 
  2. ^ OECD (2004-02-26). "Glossary of Statistical Terms". Retrieved 2009-09-03. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Selected year 2006 road traffic data". OECD International Traffic Safety Data and Analysis Group (IRTAD). [dead link]
  4. ^ Roads and motorways in the Czech Republic 2009
  5. ^ Finnish Road Statistics 2008, Express Statistics The Finnish Road Administration
  6. ^ a b c Iceland has no legally defined motorways. Road 41 from Reykjavík to Keflavík International Airport has been upgraded to a dual-lane highway; speed limits are yet to be raised from 90km/h. See Motorways in Iceland on Swedish Wikipedia.
  7. ^ NRA National Route Lengths 2009
  8. ^ a b Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport
  9. ^ [1] Turkish Road Administration Statistics
  10. ^ a b c d Calculated using CIA FActbook figures; Population = 77.804 million; Area = 769632 km2
  11. ^ [2] CIA World Factbook