Traffic in Denmark

Transport and infrastructure in Denmark

Our listing of the primary types 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 26th in the world with 0.59 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 6.56 billion passenger-kilometers in 2018.

The waterways listed refer to inland traffic on rivers and canals. The number of ports includes those located on the 7,314 km of coastline. In 2020, about 933,295 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 5.86 million inhabitants, this corresponds to 12.73 meters. This puts Denmark in 40th 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 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 203 traffic fatalities per year (2013 - 2019), road traffic in Denmark is considered very safe. This corresponds to 3.5 accident fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 12.3 in the USA and 17.0 worldwide.

Traffic in DenmarkIn 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 regulation was enforced in January 1st, 1970. Here you can also find an overview of all countries with left-hand traffic.



 totalper 1 mio
per km²
Roadways74,600 km12,730.31 km1,737.14 m
Railroads3,500 km593.50 km80.99 m
Waterways400 km68.30 km9.32 m
Commercial harbors717122.420.017


 total per 1 mio
per km²
Roadways6,708,900 km11,154.38 km1,111.71 m
Railroads258,600 km429.97 km42.85 m
Waterways54,800 km91.17 km9.09 m
Commercial harbors15,27325.390.003

Data sources used

Global Health Observatory Data Repository (World Health Organization)
Internation Union of Railways (UIC)
CIA Factbook
OECD Statistics
Wikipedia (german)
Denmark: AirportsLargest airports and airlines in DenmarkThe 10 biggest airports and 4 airlines in Denmark with further information and data with further information on airlines and destinations
Denmark: ClimateClimate and temperature development in DenmarkA climate analysis for Denmark incl. temperatures, humidity, rain days per month, hours of sunshine, water temperature, rainfalls
Ranking: MegacitiesMega cities - the biggest cities all over the worldRanking of the biggest cities worldwide. On top: Shanghai, Chongqing and Beijing