A new survey by the OECD, the international organization for economic cooperation and development, ranks Norway as having the fewest traffic deaths per 100,000 people in the world. Not all Norwegian would agree, but that makes Norwegian traffic the safest of all.
News bureau NTB cited a report in the US magazine Forbes that also noted how the chances of being killed in traffic in Argentina, for example, are six times higher than in Norway. More than 40 countries were surveyed over their annual traffic deaths.
Only five countries had fewer than three traffic deaths per 100,000 residents. Norway had the least, followed by Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and Denmark. Argentina had 12 deaths per 100,000 residents, the US had 11.4 and Chile 10.4, based on statistics from 2017.
NTB reported that by the end of October, 87 people had lost their lives in traffic in Norway so far this year. Traffic deaths have declined markedly in line with the introduction of multi-lane divided highways, which have replaced several of Norway’s two-lane roads.