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Romania: lowest motorization rate in the EU

Fewer cars per 1,000 inhabitants also in Latvia and Hungary

12 June, 14:20
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, JUNE 12 - Romania has recorded the lowest "motorisation rate" in the European Union in 2018, with 332 cars per 1,000 inhabitants, Eurostat said. Low rates of motorization were registered also in Latvia (369 cars), Hungary (373 cars), Croatia (389), Bulgaria (393) and Slovakia (408), while the highest in the EU were observed in Luxembourg (676), followed by Italy (646 cars), Cyprus and Finland (both 629 cars).

However, the motorization rate in Central and Eastern Europe was significantly growing between 2014 and 2018. According to Eurostat, the highest growth was recorded in Romania (31%), followed by Czechia, Slovakia and Lithuania (each 19%), Hungary and Portugal (both 17%) and Cyprus (15%).

Countries in Central- and Eastern Europe do not have only a lower motorization rate, but also an higher share of passenger cars over 20 years old, the EU statistical office said. The EU Member States with the highest shares of old cars were Poland (36.5%), Estonia (29.6%), Finland (25.2%), Romania (21.4%) and Malta (20.8%). (ANSA).

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