Estonia has the second-least congested roads in the EU

An empty country road in Estonia. Photo by Ingrid Hankewitz

Estonia has the second-least congested roads in the European Union – Estonians only spend 18.66 hours a year sitting in the traffic.

The least congested roads in the EU are in Finland – they spend only 17.89 hours a year in traffic jams, according to a research by the European Commission.

This is based on the latest data from 2016. The indicator assumes two 30-kilometre (18.6-mile) trips per day (the morning and evening peaks) and 220 working days.

According to the commission, it takes into account all major roads in the 27 EU member states for which data is available – or about 2.5 million kilometres (1.55 million miles).

Hours spent in road congestion annually in EU countries.

The worst congestion in the EU is experienced by the British who, on average, sit in the traffic a whopping 45.09 hours a year. The UK is followed by Belgium (38.82 hours/year) and Italy (37.86).

Lithuanians spend 20.74 hours a year in a traffic jam and Latvians 21.31.

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Cover: An empty country road in Estonia. Photo by Ingrid Hankewitz

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About the author: Sten Hankewitz

Sten Hankewitz is a lifelong journalist and Deputy Editor at Estonian World. Having lived in Estonia, Spain, the UK and all around the US, he now resides in Chicago, IL. He loves to write and besides working at Estonian World and doing some occasional blogging, he writes books and contributes to other outlets in Estonia, Israel and elsewhere. He has strong convictions and he shows them unashamedly. You can follow him on Twitter, like his page on Facebook or check out his personal blog. You can write to Sten at sten@estonianworld.com.