Croatia Among Worst EU Members by Number of Cars

By , 19 Jun 2017, 14:55 PM Business
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Croatia is also among the EU members states to record a decline in the number of registered passenger cars.

Croatia is one of member states of the European Union with the lowest number of passenger cars per capita. There are 358 cars per 1,000 inhabitants, while the average for the European Union is 497 cars per 1,000 inhabitants. Worse than Croatia are Romania, Hungary and Latvia, reports Večernji List on June 19, 2017.

Leading the EU by the number of passenger cars per 1,000 inhabitants is Luxembourg with as many as 661 vehicles, followed by Malta, Italy and Finland. The data was gathered by the Eurostat on the basis of the number of registered cars in the EU in 2015.

The number of passenger cars in almost all EU member states has increased over the last five years. In 2015, Poland had by far the largest share of vehicles over 20 years old, followed by Estonia and Latvia.

In most EU countries, petrol-powered cars make up most of the registered passenger vehicles. The eight member states with more diesel than petrol-powered cars are Belgium, Spain, France, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Austria and Portugal. Interestingly, among newly-registered vehicles, the largest share of diesel cars in 2015 was recorded in Croatia, Lithuania and Ireland. These three countries were followed by Belgium, Austria, and France.

According to the Eurostat data, the largest number of registered passenger cars in 2015 was recorded in Germany, which had as many as 45 million vehicles. After Germany, the biggest number of registered vehicles, 37 million, was in Italy, followed by France – 32 million.

During the five-year period 2011-2015, the most substantial increase in the number of registered passenger cars was recorded in Romania (19 percent), followed by Estonia (18 percent), Slovakia (16 percent), Poland (14 percent) and the Czech Republic (12 percent). In the same period, only three EU member states recorded a drop in the number of registered cars – Greece, Croatia and Lithuania.

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