Transport and infrastructure in North MacedoniaOur listing of the primary kinds of transport compares the infrastructure of North Macedonia with the average of all countries in Europe. 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, North Macedonia ranks 50th in the world with 0.33 meters per inhabitant. In total, the rail network is 683 kilometers long. Freight traffic on the rails most recently totaled 350.00 million tons and kilometers traveled. Passenger traffic reached 64.00 million passenger-kilometers in 2018.
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Road trafficThe network of roads and highways has a total length of 14,182 km. For each of the country's 2.07 million inhabitants, this corresponds to 6.84 meters. This puts North Macedonia in 81st place in the global ranking. However, the country's size and population density of around 81 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 137 traffic fatalities per year (2012 - 2019), road traffic in North Macedonia is considered relatively safe. This corresponds to around 4.3 accident fatalities per 6.6 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 5.9 in the European Union as a whole and 17.1 worldwide.
In North Macedonia, 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.
|total||per 1 mio|
|Roadways||14,200 km||6,842.84 km||551.61 m|
|Railroads||700 km||329.55 km||26.57 m|
|Waterways||0 km||0.00 km||0.00 m|
|total||per 1 mio|
|Roadways||6,708,300 km||11,136.37 km||1,111.61 m|
|Railroads||258,600 km||429.31 km||42.85 m|
|Waterways||53,100 km||88.21 km||8.81 m|
Data sources used• Global Health Observatory Data Repository (World Health Organization)
• Internation Union of Railways (UIC)
• CIA Factbook
• OECD Statistics
• Wikipedia (german)