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Transport and infrastructure in Denmark

Our listing of the primary kinds of transport compares the infrastructure of Denmark with the average of all countries in Europe. Overall, the traffic routes are above average and in good condition.

In terms of the length of its rail network, Denmark ranks 25th in the world with 0.60 meters per inhabitant. In total, the rail network is 3,476 kilometers long. Freight traffic on the rails most recently totaled 2.59 billion tons and kilometers traveled. Passenger traffic reached 6.65 billion passenger-kilometers in 2016.

The waterways listed refer to inland traffic on rivers and canals. The number of ports includes those located on the total 7,314 km of coastline. In 2019, about 874,900 freight containers were transported.

Airports in Denmark


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Road traffic

The network of roads and highways has a total length of 74,558 km. For each of the country's 5.83 million inhabitants, this corresponds to 12.79 meters. This puts Denmark in 39th place in the global ranking. However, the country's size and population density of around 136 inhabitants per km² must also be taken into account. Countries with fewer inhabitants on 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 202 traffic fatalities per year (2013 - 2019), road traffic in Denmark is considered very safe. This corresponds to around 4.3 accident fatalities per 3.5 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 5.9 in the European Union as a whole and 17.0 worldwide.

In Denmark, 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 rule was introduced at the end of the 18th century during the Napoleonic Wars. Here you can also find an overview of all countries with left-hand traffic.


 

Denmark

 totalper 1 mio
inhabitants
per km²
Roadways74,600 km12,785.60 km1,737.14 m
Railroads3,500 km596.08 km80.99 m
Waterways400 km68.59 km9.32 m
Commercial harbors692118.670.016
Airports8013.721.864
 

Europe

 total per 1 mio
inhabitants
per km²
Roadways6,708,300 km11,136.37 km1,111.61 m
Railroads258,600 km429.31 km42.85 m
Waterways53,100 km88.21 km8.81 m
Commercial harbors15,35825.500.003
Airports3,7376.200.001


Data sources used

Global Health Observatory Data Repository (World Health Organization)
UNCTAD
Internation Union of Railways (UIC)
CIA Factbook
OECD Statistics
Wikipedia (german)
Denmark: AirportsLargest airports and airlines in DenmarkThe 8 biggest airports and 3 airlines in Denmark with further information and data
Denmark: ClimateClimate and temperature development in DenmarkA climate analysis for Denmark incl. temperatures, humidity, rain days per month, hours of sunshine, Water temperature, Rainfalls
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