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Old July 18th, 2007, 06:27 PM   #1
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Baltic countries - Estonia - Latvia - Lithuania

Estonia - Eesti



Capital: Tallinn 400.000 inhabitants
Area: 45.226km2 (same size as Denmark, Netherlands, Slovakia)
Population: 1.342.000 (2007)
GDP: $ 20.300 (PPP) (same as Portugal, Hungary)
GDP: $ 12.203 (Nominal) (same as Czechia, Hungary)

Roads: 10.935km paved, including 75km expressways

Largest cities:
Tallinn 400.000
Tartu 101.000
Narva 69.000
Kohtla-Järve 48.000
Pärnu 46.000

Latvia - Latvija



Capital: Rīga 728.000 inhabitants
Area: 64.589km2 (same size as Croatia, Ireland)
Population: 2.291.000 (2006)
GDP: $ 15.549 (PPP) (same as Lithuania, Poland, Croatia)
GDP: $ 8.550 (Nominal) (same as Lithuania, Poland, Croatia)

Roads: 28.256km paved

Largest cities:
Rīga 735.000
Daugavpils 111.000
Liepāja 86.000
Jelgava 66.000
Jūrmala 55.000

Lithuania - Lietuva



Capital: Vilnius
Area: 65.200km2 (same size as Croatia, Latvia, Ireland)
Population: 3.575.000
GDP: $ 16.018 (PPP) (same as Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Poland)
GDP: $ 8.610 (nominal) (same as Chile, Poland, Croatia)

Roads: 12.912km paved

Largest cities:
Vilnius 554.000
Kaunas 387.000
Klaipėda 187.000
Šiauliai 129.000
Panevėžys 115.000
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Old July 18th, 2007, 10:52 PM   #2
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Ofcourse, we need some pics

The first row will be from Estonia, the richest of the three countries.

Tallinn - Narva (to Russia)










Stockholm signed in Estonia? Via the Baltic sea ofcourse.


Tallinn - Pärnu






Tallinn - Narva in winter









Tallinn traffic intensity. It's extremely low


Tallinn - Tartu
















Tallinns ringroad






Tallinn - Narva














Tartu - Võru








My overall conclusion; The network of main roads is quite okay, considering the very low amount of traffic. Some stretches do need some repavement, but that's not so weird considering the harsh conditions during winter time.

Most credit for the pics goes to our Estonian forummer Rebassepois (or something like that)
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Old July 19th, 2007, 02:49 AM   #3
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The motorways there don't look quite like motorways. Compared to Russia, these Baltic countries have good road network, but compared to other Central European countries such as Czechia, Slovakia, Poland, etc, they still have to catch up a lot.
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Old July 19th, 2007, 09:23 AM   #4
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Of the new EU countries, EST/LV/LT are the only countries which aren't constructing motorways yet. However, Lithuania has the most extensive motorway/expressway network, most larger cities are connected to at least Vilnius.

The countries aren't densely populated, but then again, transport is growing. Driving on the A28 in the Netherlands, i always see some Lithuanian or Estonian trucks driving.
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Old July 19th, 2007, 01:29 PM   #5
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This is a map of traffic densities in Estonia. : http://www.mnt.ee/atp/failid/loenduskaart_eesti2006.pdf
You can clearly see that traffic density is very low and there are only a few places that would need a motorway. In Estonia, traffic density has to be at least 10 000cars per day to build a motorway.
But I agree that some major transport arteries should be motorways, but unless traffic density grows enough, these roads will still stay 2 lane roads.

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Old July 19th, 2007, 09:18 PM   #6
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My knowledge and pics from Latvia is very limited.

Large traffic intensity map of Latvia

Riga:



Some road in Latvia, heavy track formation.
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Rural road in Latvia
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Old July 19th, 2007, 09:22 PM   #7
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Latvian motorways are called "Autocela".

A4: (doesn't nessecarily have to be a motorway)


P4 highway somewhere in Latvia;
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Old July 19th, 2007, 10:05 PM   #8
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The Estonia roads have awesome crashbarriers.
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Old July 20th, 2007, 12:31 AM   #9
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Quote:
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Riga:


This is Tallinn, actually.
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Okay. Quite a wide boulevard (can't call it a motorway-like road).

By the way, Estonian is one of the hardest latin languages i've seen so far. Like Finnish and Hungarian.
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Old July 20th, 2007, 09:35 AM   #11
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By the way, Estonian is one of the hardest latin languages i've seen so far. Like Finnish and Hungarian.
Wrong again!

Estonian, Finnish and Hungarian languages belong to an entirely different family called Uralic. Within this family Finnish and Estonian belong to Finnish branch while Hungarian belongs to Ugric branch. Latin languages, on the other hand, are a branch within the Undo-European family.

For me it always seemed weird that German was closer to Hindi than to Finnish
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A bit outdated, Polandwise.
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Interesting. Helsinki and Stockholm signed, however, these cities are only reachable via ferries. (or you wanna drive all the way via St.Petersburg and around the Botnian gulf).
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^They are signed because Helsinki is the biggest nearest city on E67 and Stockholm on E20.
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Old July 25th, 2007, 02:12 PM   #15
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i know, but you'll don't see that often. They don't sign like London on the A26 in France. (they should do so). But Stockholm is quite a ferry distance.
It's not like they signing København near Hamburg or so. (they should definatly do that when the Fehmarnbeltbrücke is completed).

Why aren't they signing St.Petersburg eastwards from Tallinn? Only Narva i thought.
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Old July 25th, 2007, 02:23 PM   #16
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i know, but you'll don't see that often. They don't sign like London on the A26 in France. (they should do so). But Stockholm is quite a ferry distance.
It's not like they signing København near Hamburg or so. (they should definatly do that when the Fehmarnbeltbrücke is completed).

Why aren't they signing St.Petersburg eastwards from Tallinn? Only Narva i thought.
They definitely should sign it, but Narva is not very small(67 000 people) and it's a border town so I think people don't have difficulties with finding their way to St.Petersburg. There are actually only 2 border stations with Russia via road: The 1st one is in Narva and the second one is in South-West of Estonia.
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My map actually represents 3 border stations (and some smaller local ones in the Southeast).

Narva - Ivangorod (road 1 - M11)
Vaartsi - Pechory (road 63 - ??)
Luhamaa - Klezeno (road 7 - A212)

The last 2 are near Pskov, south of the Peipsi Järv lake.

Does it take much time to get across the border? St. Petersburg is actually not far from Narva, only 157km from the St.Petersburg city center.
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Old July 25th, 2007, 02:38 PM   #18
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My map actually represents 3 border stations (and some smaller local ones in the Southeast).

Narva - Ivangorod (road 1 - M11)
Vaartsi - Pechory (road 63 - ??)
Luhamaa - Klezeno (road 7 - A212)

The last 2 are near Pskov, south of the Peipsi Järv lake.

Does it take much time to get across the border? St. Petersburg is actually not far from Narva, only 157km from the St.Petersburg city center.
For trucks it takes one whole day or sometimes days to cross the border. For passenger cars or buses it takes 3-6 hours.
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Pics of Laagna road in Lasnamäe, Tallinn. Lasnamäe is the biggest commieblock district in Tallinn. This road doesn't have any level crossings, exept in the beginning and in the end of the road. Pics are made by Echo(thanks! )





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Wow that's an impressive road to drive, all those highrises. Didn't expect that in Tallinn.
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