Transport and infrastructure in the GambiaOur listing of the primary types of transport compares the infrastructure of Gambia with the average of all countries in Africa. In many places, the traffic routes show considerable deficiencies and are often not in a particularly good condition.
The waterways listed refer to inland traffic on rivers and canals. The number of ports includes those located on the 80 km of coastline. In 2019, about 71,469.72 freight containers were transported.
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Road trafficThe network of roads and highways has a total length of 2,977 km. For each of the country's 2.64 million inhabitants, this corresponds to 1.13 meters. This puts Gambia in 196th place in the global ranking. However, the country's size and population density of around 234 inhabitants per km² must also be taken into account. Countries with fewer inhabitants in the same or even larger area naturally achieve quite different values here and have to connect remote areas to the transport network despite a smaller population.
With an average of 661 traffic fatalities per year (2013 - 2019), road traffic in the Gambia is considered quite dangerous. This corresponds to 28.2 accident fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 12.3 in the USA and 17.0 worldwide.
In the Gambia, traffic drives on the right-hand side of the road, i.e. people drive in the right-hand lane and overtake on the left. Oncoming traffic comes toward you on the left side. This regulation was enforced on October 1st, 1965. Here you can also find an overview of all countries with left-hand traffic.
|total||per 1 mio|
|Roadways||3,000 km||1,127.69 km||263.45 m|
|Railroads||0 km||0.00 km||0.00 m|
|Waterways||390 km||147.73 km||34.51 m|
|total||per 1 mio|
|Roadways||2,997,800 km||2,151.40 km||98.86 m|
|Railroads||88,600 km||63.57 km||2.92 m|
|Waterways||68,400 km||49.09 km||2.26 m|
Data sources used• Global Health Observatory Data Repository (World Health Organization)
• Internation Union of Railways (UIC)
• CIA Factbook
• OECD Statistics
• Wikipedia (german)