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Road Network and Road Traffic

These statistics contain information on the number of vehicles per 24 hours after road segment, million vehicle kilometers by means of transport, road network in kilometers by province and type of road and road network investments in million DKK by type of investment.

Data description

These statistics contain information about the road network itself and its traffic. For the road network itself, the total kilometers of roads are divided by road type and geographical by country. In addition, investments in the road network in DKK million are estimated and divided by investment type. Investments are calculated in current year's prices, 1995 prices and 2000 prices. For traffic, the number of motor vehicles by road type, and million vehicle kilometers of Danish vehicles on Danish roads by means of transport are estimated.

Classification system

The road network is divided geographically by provinces and type of road in respectively state, municipal and other:

  • Motorways
  • Dual carriageways
  • Other roads.

Type of investments in the road network are divided into:

  • Cost of new constructions
  • Cost of maintenance
  • Great belt link
  • Oresund link

Road traffic of Danish vehicles are grouped into means of transport.

Sector coverage


Statistical concepts and definitions

Motorway: A road specially constructed and built for the use of motor vehicles and; have separate carriageways for traffic in two directions; have no access to neighboring properties; is not crossed at the same level by other road, rail, tram line or pedestrian crossing; is reserved for specific categories of road motor vehicles.

Dual carriageway: A road specially constructed and built for the use of motor vehicles and; doesn't have separated lanes in the two traffic directions; have no access to neighboring properties; may have crossing traffic; is reserved for certain categories of motor vehicles.

Other roads: Other roads than motorways or express roads not including paths and gravel roads and roads on private property. Roads under municipality supervision (public access) is included.

State road: Road owned and maintained by the state. Typically motorways and main dual carriageways.

Municipality road: Road maintained by municipalities. Typically local dual carriageways, country roads and minor urban and non-urban roads.

E-road: Road that is part of the European road network. In Denmark these are mainly motorways which are transit corridors between Germany, Sweden and Norway.

Cost of new constructions: Cost of new constructions.

Cost of maintenance: Cost of maintenance of existing infrastructure.

Great belt link: Bridge and tunnel connection between Funen and Zealand.

Oresund link: Bridge and tunnel connection between Zealand and Sweden.

Statistical unit


Statistical population

The road network in Denmark excluding paths and unpaved roads.

Reference area


Time coverage

  • The road network covers the period from 1990 and onwards for road type at national level, but there is a geographical data breach from 2007 onwards
  • Investments in the road network cover the period from 1990 and onwards
  • Motor vehicles per day cover the period from 1988 and onwards
  • Traffic work with Danish vehicles covers the period from 2000 and onwards

Base period

Investments in the road network are presented in current prices, 2000-prices and 1995-prices.

Unit of measure

  • Road network in kilometers (KM)
  • Investments in DKK million
  • Motor vehicle traffic in number of per day
  • Road traffic in million vehicle km. (VKM)

Reference period

Calendar year.

Frequency of dissemination


Legal acts and other agreements

The Act on Statistics Denmark (Lov om Danmarks Statistik), Section 8, cf. Order no. 610 of 30. may 2018.

Cost and burden

There is no direct response burden in compiling these statistics since data is reported by another public authority.


For further information contact Statistics Denmark directly.