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Transport and infrastructure in Somalia

Our listing of the primary types of transport compares the infrastructure of Somalia with the average of all countries in Africa.

Airports in Somalia


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Road traffic

The network of roads and highways has a total length of 15,000 km. For each of the country's 17.07 million inhabitants, this corresponds to 0.88 meters. This puts Somalia in 212nd place in the global ranking. However, it is also important to note that the country's population density is very low at around 27 inhabitants per km². In this case, disproportionately long distances generally have to be covered to reach the more remote parts of the country.

With an average of 4075 traffic fatalities per year (2013 - 2019), road traffic in Somalia is considered quite dangerous. This corresponds to 27.3 accident fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 12.3 in the USA and 17.0 worldwide.

In Somalia, 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 in January 1st, 1970. Here you can also find an overview of all countries with left-hand traffic.


 

Somalia

 totalper 1 mio
inhabitants
per km²
Roadways15,000 km878.96 km23.52 m
Railroads0 km0.00 km0.00 m
Waterways0 km0.00 km0.00 m
Commercial harbors40.230.000
Airports70.410.011
 

Africa

 total per 1 mio
inhabitants
per km²
Roadways2,997,800 km2,151.40 km98.86 m
Railroads88,600 km63.57 km2.92 m
Waterways68,400 km49.09 km2.26 m
Commercial harbors7,9055.670.000
Airports4130.300.000


Data sources used

Global Health Observatory Data Repository (World Health Organization)
UNCTAD
Internation Union of Railways (UIC)
CIA Factbook
OECD Statistics
Wikipedia (german)
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