Cyprus was the country with the third highest number of cars per capita in the EU in 2019, after Luxembourg and Italy, according to data published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
In particular, Luxembourg was ahead with 681 passenger vehicles per thousand inhabitants, Italy followed with 663 vehicles per thousand inhabitants and Cyprus was in third place with 645 vehicles per thousand inhabitants.
Near the third place in Cyprus were Finland and Poland, where 642 vehicles were registered per thousand inhabitants.
As for Luxembourg, however, Eurostat notes that the number may be affected by people working but not residing in the country (cross-border workers), and using company cars registered in Luxembourg.
At the other end of the list with the lowest driving ratios are Romania (357 vehicles per thousand inhabitants), Latvia (381 vehicles per thousand inhabitants) and Hungary (390 vehicles per thousand inhabitants).
The largest number of registered passenger vehicles in total per country in 2019 was recorded in Germany, where 48 million cars were registered. They are followed by Italy (40 million) and France (32 million).
The largest increase in the number of registered vehicles between 2015 and 2019 was recorded in Romania (34% increase), Lithuania (20%), Hungary (19%) and Slovakia and Poland (18%).
The only country in which the number of registered vehicles decreased during the same period was Bulgaria, where it fell by 11%.
At the same time, in several countries the percentage of “old” cars (aged 20 and over) remained high in 2019, with the highest percentages being recorded in Poland (37.9%), Estonia (31.5%), Finland (26.9%) and Lithuania (22.6%).
The proportion of new cars (less than two years old) was higher in Ireland (28.8%), Luxembourg (23.7%), Belgium (22.9%) and Denmark (22.6%).
According to the Eurostat announcement, in recent years some countries have supported the purchase of new vehicles with low greenhouse gas emissions and the withdrawal of old ones with related programs. The goal of the programs is to replace vehicles with more environmentally friendly vehicles, and at the same time to stimulate the economy.