Length of railway lines in kilometres per 1000 square kilometres in European countries

19/03/2017


Key observations:
  • 1000 square kilometres can be visualised as 100 km x 10 km rectangle. Therefore 100 km of railway lines per 1000 square kilometres can be visualised as railway line that lies on the longer side of the rectangle and allows for transportation from one end to the other end of it with no other railway lines within the 100 km x 10 km area.
  • The length of railway lines in half of analysed countries is shorter than 50 km per 1000 square kilometres.
  • Switzerland and the Czech Republic have the longest railway networks. In both countries the length of railway lines is longer than 120 km per 1000 square kilometres.
  • Norway has the shortest railway network (12 km per 1000 square kilometres). It is more than 10 times less than in Switzerland.

Methodology and data source information:
Length of railway lines in kilometres per 1000 square kilometres was calculated by dividing the total length of railway lines in a given country by the area of that country. Railway lines are defined as a line of communication made up by rail, whether electrified or not, exclusively for the use of railway vehicles. They consist of one or more adjacent running tracks forming a route between two points. Where a section of network comprises two or more lines running alongside one another, there are as many lines as routes to which tracks are allotted exclusively. Source: Eurostat (latest available data).

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