When I go on vacation I usually rent out a car to try and get to destinations I’ve read about or places that are reffered to me by locals. But as we all know, driving has it’s dangers and now the ultimate danger, fatalities, are mapped out for every country.
On the map above, each country is colour-coded to reflect the number of road fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants per year.
Eritrea is the deadliest driving destination, according to the World Health Organization’s figures (with 48.4 deaths per 100,000 residents) followed by Libya (40.5) and Iraq (31.5). These are not the first names that come to mind for a vacation, but places like Thailand (38.1) and South Africa (31.9) are in the worst Top 10 and they’re popular holiday destinations.
Relatively risky roads can also be found in Ecuador, Vietnam, Brazil, Paraguay, Kenya and Laos.
Other notable findings include the fact that Portugal is less safe than the rest of Western Europe and the US (11.6) is twice as dangerous as Canada (6).
The safest places to drive include the Maldives (1.9 deaths, though the lack of roads probably helps), Norway (2.9), Denmark (3), Sweden (3) and Switzerland (3.4). Britain is just behind, with only 3.5 fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants per year. But they are all outshone by San Marino, which recorded not a single death for the year in question (2010).
Here’s the interactive map…