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Countries with the Most Cars per Capita

Which countries have the greatest number of motor vehicles in relation to their population?
Includes cars, vans, buses, and trucks; but not motorcycles and other two-wheelers
Source: Wikipedia
Last updated: June 05, 2019
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# per 1,000 ppl
Country
1,263
San Marino
899
Monaco
860
New Zealand
824
Iceland
811
United States
773
Liechtenstein
734
Luxembourg
730
Australia
738
Malta
721
Brunei
# per 1,000 ppl
Country
695
Italy
650
Canada
631
Poland
616
Norway
615
Japan
598
Austria
596
Estonia
591
Spain
589
Germany
579
United Kingdom
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level 47
Apr 3, 2019
A very interesting quiz, nice!
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level 33
Apr 3, 2019
Thanks! :)
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level 78
Jun 5, 2019
I've heard of Ford Falcons, but not Maltese Falcons.
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level 67
Jun 10, 2019
Oh man, Maltese traffic. Seriously.
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level 51
Jun 5, 2019
an average of 17, that is high! (but a relatively new quiz I think) I got 17 too, missed new zealand, malta and brunei. Of the other ones I think austria somehow surprised me the most, I think of snow and mountains, so less room for cars haha. And france/netherlands/belgium werent there while germany on one end and spain on the other end were there. And luxembourg,
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level 51
Jun 5, 2019
Ok, it is important to know that some of this data is from 2018 while other is from 2013. A lot could have changed since then (there is even data as far back as 2004 , but not anywhere near the top 20, so I dont think those would have reached the top 20 anyway since then.)
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level 77
Jun 5, 2019
I understand that small rich countries have more cars/capita, still no Belgium surprises me... there are cars just everywhere here. According to wikipedia, we are 23rd with 573.
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level 77
Jun 5, 2019
Well, it seems Wikipedia's list is a bit out of order. Maybe you should check Lebanon.
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level ∞
Jun 5, 2019
Obviously Lebanon is an error on the Wikipedia page.
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level 77
Jun 6, 2019
Ok, I thought so. But doesn't that make their whole list dubious?
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level 58
Jun 7, 2019
I went there last week and the whole coastline is a massive queue of cars, where it takes hours to just go a few kilometers. Even though it is probably an error on the wikipedia page, there are probably more than 683 000 cars in the country.
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level 51
Jun 5, 2019
This is perhaps a better source to use (maybe there are even better ones, but havent been able to find them the last hour) https://www.acea.be/statistics/tag/category/vehicles-per-capita-by-country It is still not extremely recent, 2016 but it is atleast more recent for over half of the countries that made it to the top20 in this quiz, most of which use 2015 data. Plus (seemingly) having used the same year for a the countries makes it a lot fairer, compared to data gaps of 5+ years.
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level 51
Jun 5, 2019
After a lot of research, (and several dead ends and sites that werent pleasant to navigate at all..) this is the best I can come up with:

http://appsso.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/nui/show.do?dataset=road_eqs_carhab&lang=en

It is 2017 data (has been updated last in 2019, so seemingly no more recent data s available)

just like in the previous link finland has risen a lot, to number 3 in 2017. And netherlands and belgium join the top 20. Ow... but it is statistics only on europe... Still.. major changes fromt the 2015 data

1 am now.. so any more research now would be counterproductive I think.. would mainly be my head on the keyboard haha.
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level ∞
Jun 5, 2019
Going to stick with the Wikipedia page for now.
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level 44
Jun 6, 2019
I missed Italy and Spain...
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level 71
Jun 6, 2019
Brunei was my first entry, the Sultan has something like 5000 exotic cars himself.
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level 61
Jun 11, 2019
And yet despite all those phallic exotic sports cars, homosexuality is illegal in Brunei.
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level 76
Jun 6, 2019
Got everything except Estonia. Seems odd that no Arabian peninsula countries show up on the list. I was especially expecting to see the UAE and Qatar. Funny that some small island nations show up... can't exactly take a long drive anywhere from Malta.
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level 20
Jun 6, 2019
Somehow I was surprised there were so many little nations on there.
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level 63
Jun 6, 2019
Estonia is relatively rich as for former communist country. In Poland it's connected also to the distances and, more importantly, higher purchasing value of salaries and lower car prices than before. In my province the most families have 2 or 3 cars.
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level 68
Jun 15, 2019
UAE was a genuine shocker. Maybe they go by actual transient population, not citizen population?
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level 67
Jun 10, 2019
It's insane that a country has more cars than inhabitants...
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level 21
Jun 10, 2019
How was the Vatican not on here?
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level 61
Jun 11, 2019
Guess Popemobiles aren't included
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level 62
Jun 11, 2019
They are, but unfortunately the Popemobile to Pope ratio is 1:1.
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level 66
Jun 12, 2019
Apparently, to get high on this list, a country has to be wealthy and people need to travel relatively long distances - or really, really short distances (looking at you, San Marino and Monaco).
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level 60
Jun 18, 2019
It would be interesting to know how many km/miles those cars are driven on average. The people of San Marino and Monaco may be rich and have a lot of cars per capita but I'm sure they only take short trips. To see and to be seen.