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Old March 30th, 2008, 03:25 PM   #481
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First of all, I'm absloutely aware that my idea was anything but perfect and that there are other parameters that do effect the total equation. However, one of the things you see when doing the calculations my way, is that the relative network length often increases with country size, and that densely populated areas seem to have have less motorways than more rural countries. This is not an absolute, of course, but it does make sense applied to Western Europe: Spain has more than Germany which has more than the UK. For instance. My not-so-contoversial hypothesis is that higher population density equals more motorway lanes on average. In addition, regular highways are often multilane as well.

Still, not the definitive comparison of motorway network length. Of course, and I like all the improvements that have been suggested.
Your idea was quite fine, but you gave us an unnecessarily long formula. We just shortened it, that's all.
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Old March 30th, 2008, 06:28 PM   #482
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Cool statistics!
Yeah, cooly outdated...


For eg. Poland - not 552 but 765,8 km (or 1169,9 km depending on "motorway" definition)
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Old March 31st, 2008, 04:57 PM   #483
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Lisbon wins!
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Old March 31st, 2008, 05:10 PM   #484
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Wow, Estonia has the highest number of roads per 100 000 people. I didn't know that. But that means we have lots of roads to maintain....
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Old March 31st, 2008, 05:19 PM   #485
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Funny to see the Netherlands has one of the most dense road networks, yet a low number of roads per 100,000 inhabitants. Good to see such things in perspective, because our non-motorway network sucks bigtime.
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Old April 1st, 2008, 04:04 AM   #486
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Estonia's got motorways?
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Old April 1st, 2008, 08:24 AM   #487
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Estonia's got motorways?
Nope, those 99km shown in the statistics are actually expressways that aren't even close to a motorway.
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Old June 25th, 2008, 09:54 PM   #488
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Any new roadways since the last post?
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Old June 26th, 2008, 01:55 AM   #491
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Well,M7(Balatonkeresztúr-Zalakomár) will be inaugurated today(26)...


The whole M7 is scheduled to be finished by the end of summer. M0 eastern section is scheduled for that time too. M6-M0 junction also.
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Old October 13th, 2008, 01:48 PM   #492
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To discuss the length of the Canadian freeway network, Public Purpose has calculated the motorway length of Canda at 6165 kilometers.

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Note: Other sources report more than double the number of motorway kilometers in Canada. The data above are estimated by The Public Purpose based upon personal inspection both of sites and maps. It is suspected that the higher reported figures include the extensive four-lane roadways that are not fully access controlled.
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Old October 14th, 2008, 08:16 AM   #493
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Yes, this makes much more sense. The exaggerated statistics probably include all the dual-carriageways in Canada, of which there indeed are many. They usually have a speed limit of 80 or 90 and traffic lights. But with such a low population density, a lot of these roads feel very much like motorways when there isn't traffic It's also interesting that Nova Scotia has such a large network in comparison with the other provinces, considering its size.

PS: It also seems that the data is from 1998. While the size of the network hasn't grown by a lot, several new sections of motorway have been built throughout the country.
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Old October 14th, 2008, 10:05 AM   #494
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I'll calculate the South African network when I get some free time - I'll only take into consideration what we call a freeway (dual-carriageway, two or more lanes in each direction, grade-separated interchanges).

Will take some doing, because Gauteng province (Johannesburg, Pretoria, Vereeniging) has quite an extensive freeway network, and I'm not totally sure of distances in those parts.
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Old October 17th, 2008, 04:47 AM   #495
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the list for total length of roads is very wrong, china is almost the same size as usa and similar size to whole europe, but it only has a road length thats similar to Japan, 1million something KM, the size of japan is like the size of a province in china, thats ridiculous, anyone been to china would know that the sheer amount of roads in china is comparable to usa. and the crazy road building scheme can also prove that list to be wrong, by 2006 along china add 5600KM of expressway
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Old October 31st, 2008, 11:36 AM   #496
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in length:

1) United States 75.009km
2) China 34.288km (growing over 4500km each year)
3) Canada 17.000km (seems kind of unlikely to me)
4) Spain 13.156km
5) Germany 12.200km
6) Brazil 11.000km
7) France 11.000km
8) Japan 6.946km
9) Italy 6.621km
10) Mexico 6.144km (growing fast)
11) India 4885km (seems unlikely to me)
12) Saudi Arabia 3348km
13) Thailand 2885km (are those all expressways?)
14) Chile 2653km
15) Netherlands 2360km
16) Iraq 2227km (i don't think they are all motorways)
17) Pakistan 2225km
18) Portugal 2002km
19) South Korea 1996km
20) South Africa 1927km
21) Ukraine 1770km (most of them are grade-expressways i guess)
22) Belgium 1729km
23) Turkey 1726km
24) Australia 1700km
25) Austria 1677km
26) Switzerland 1638km
27) Sweden 1428km
28) United Arab Emirates 1392km
29) Venezuela 1256km
30) Nigeria 1194km
31) Malaysia 1192km
32) Croatia 1050km
33) Griekenland 1030km
34) Denmark 1010km
Egypt 988km ( i doubt of all these motorways are real motorways)
Syria 877km
Taiwan 872km
Hungary 860km
Russia 770km
Iran 751km
Belarus 750km
Argentina 734km
Poland 665km
Finland 653km
Algeria 640km
Cuba 638km
Morocco 581km
Serbia 560km
Oman 550km
Lithuania 523km
Czechia 498km
Slovenia 442km
Kuwait 420km
Jordan 401km
Indonesia 385km (i thought they had more)
Qatar 333km
Uzbekistan 332km
Bulgaria 328km
El Salvador 327km
Slovakia 316km
Cyprus 276km
Peru 276km
Romania 266km
Dominican Republic 263km
Libya 262km
Uruguay 252km
Tunisia 249km
Cameroon 240km
Macedonia 192km
Philippines 170km ( i thought they had more)
Cote d’Ivoire 162km
Kenya 153km
Singapore 150km
Lebanon 145km
New Zealand 144km
Latvia 132km
Norway 128km
Israel 126km
Luxembourg 114km
Myanmar 101km
Vietnam 100km (new motorways)
Estonia 75km
Zambia 50km
Ghana 35km
Jamaica 33km
Bahrain 30km
Gabon 30km
Guinea-Bissau 15km

GRAND TOTAL: 259.027km

You must notice, that a motorway in Cameroon or The Dominican Republic can completely differ from what we seen in Europe and the United States. Length shown here can be seen as highly controversial for some countries. Most data token from wikipedia or the CIA Factbook, and, in some rare cases, i figured it out with maps.

Sometimes, wikipedia doesn’t seems to be very accurate, for example they say Australia has about 16000kms of Expressway, which seems to me as highly unlikely.

Any comments or corrections are very welcome.

Before i starting to figure this out, i thought, there were some 270.000 kilometers of motorway/expressways on our globe, and, it seems to be i was quite close to that.
The actual figure for the total length of Malaysian expressways is 1471.60 km as in 2006.
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the list for total length of roads is very wrong, china is almost the same size as usa and similar size to whole europe, but it only has a road length thats similar to Japan, 1million something KM, the size of japan is like the size of a province in china, thats ridiculous, anyone been to china would know that the sheer amount of roads in china is comparable to usa. and the crazy road building scheme can also prove that list to be wrong, by 2006 along china add 5600KM of expressway
You might as well not going to believe it, but it is actually true. The growth rate of Chinese expressways can be considered as the fastest in the world.
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^ Depends on how you look at it.
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Old October 31st, 2008, 08:16 PM   #499
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No matter what, 4500 kms/year is very much
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Highway 401, which runs through Ontario, Canada, is the busiest highway in North America. It is also sometimes regarded to being the busiest in the entire world, but I haven't seen a creditable source for this statement.

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