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Mobility in Figures

Overview: mobility in figures

Geographic conditions, historical differences, social preferences – an international comparison reveals some considerable differences in the use of individual means of transport.

  • In 2007, there were a good 560 cars per 1,000 inhabitants in Germany. In the USA, this figure was 450, in China it was 22. The market leaders were Monaco (748) and Iceland (almost 660). Bringing up the rear was the Central African Republic with 0.28 cars per 1,000 inhabitants.(Source: World Bank)
  • In Germany, more than 850 billion person-kilometers were covered in private cars in 2008. This means that each person in Germany drove more than 10,300 kilometers.(German Federal Statistical Office)
  • An American drove on average almost 13,800 kilometers per year in 2007; the Japanese managed just over 6,500 kilometers in 2008.(Source: International Transport Forum)
  • The 82 million people living in Germany traveled an average of 1,010 kilometers by train in 2008. This figure falls to just 30 kilometers for Americans. In Japan, this figure came to over 3,100 kilometers per inhabitant, and over 1,200 kilometers in Russia.(Source: International Transport Forum)