Transport and infrastructure in BrazilOur listing of the primary kinds of transport compares the infrastructure of Brazil with the average of all countries in America. The main traffic and transport routes are in good condition, but do not reach the level of the leading industrial nations.
In terms of the length of its rail network, Brazil ranks 75th in the world with 0.14 meters per inhabitant. In total, the rail network is 29,850 kilometers long. Passenger traffic reached 15.81 billion passenger-kilometers in 2017.
The waterways listed refer to inland traffic on rivers and canals. The number of ports includes those located on the total 7,491 km of coastline. In 2019, about 10.98 million freight containers were transported.
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Road trafficThe network of roads and highways has a total length of 2.00 million km. For each of the country's 212.56 million inhabitants, this corresponds to 9.41 meters. This puts Brazil in 55th place in the global ranking. However, it is also important to note the country's population density, which is very low at around 25 inhabitants per km². Like this, disproportionately long distances generally have to be covered to reach the more remote parts of the country.
With an average of 40979 traffic fatalities per year (2013 - 2019), road traffic in Brazil is considered rather mixed. This corresponds to around 4.3 accident fatalities per 19.9 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 5.9 in the European Union as a whole and 17.0 worldwide.
In Brazil, 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. Here you can also find an overview of all countries with left-hand traffic.
|total||per 1 mio|
|Roadways||2,000,000 km||9,409.13 km||234.86 m|
|Railroads||29,900 km||140.43 km||3.51 m|
|Waterways||50,000 km||235.23 km||5.87 m|
|total||per 1 mio|
|Roadways||3,097,400 km||7,189.46 km||173.93 m|
|Railroads||85,100 km||197.57 km||4.78 m|
|Waterways||119,400 km||277.06 km||6.70 m|
Data sources used• Global Health Observatory Data Repository (World Health Organization)
• Internation Union of Railways (UIC)
• CIA Factbook
• OECD Statistics
• Wikipedia (german)