Transport and infrastructure in SudanOur listing of the primary types of transport compares the infrastructure of Sudan with the average of all countries in Africa. The traffic routes have noticeable defects in many places and are often not in particularly good condition.
In terms of the length of its rail network, Sudan ranks 70th in the world with 0.16 meters per inhabitant. In total, the rail network is 7,251 kilometers long. Freight traffic on the rails most recently totaled 33.90 million tons and kilometers traveled. Passenger traffic reached 81.50 million passenger-kilometers in 2014.
The waterways listed refer to inland traffic on rivers and canals. The number of ports includes those located on the 853 km of coastline. In 2020, about 493,002.30 freight containers were transported.
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Road trafficThe network of roads and highways has a total length of 31,000 km. For each of the country's 45.66 million inhabitants, this corresponds to 0.68 meters. This puts Sudan in 220th place in the global ranking. However, it is also important to note that the country's population density is very low at around 24 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 10385 traffic fatalities per year (2013 - 2019), road traffic in Sudan is considered quite dangerous. This corresponds to 25.4 accident fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 12.3 in the USA and 17.0 worldwide.
In Sudan, 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 September 1st, 1973. Here you can also find an overview of all countries with left-hand traffic.
|total||per 1 mio|
|Roadways||31,000 km||678.97 km||16.49 m|
|Railroads||7,300 km||158.81 km||3.86 m|
|Waterways||4,068 km||89.10 km||2.16 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)