Traffic statistics in the Faroe Islands have changed significantly since the turn of the century, with twice the number of vehicles and two-thirds fewer accidents.
From 1 January 2000 to 1 January 2023, the number of registered motor vehicles surged from just under 19,000 to more than 42,000 – an increase of more than 23,000, of which almost 14,000 were passenger cars. The increase in cars has been proportionally greater than the population growth, with 3.2 people in the 18+ driving-age population per car in 2000 and two per car in 2023.
Traffic accidents down by two-thirds
The start of this century saw an annual average of 1,200-1,300 traffic accidents. This figure has since been on a relatively steady decrease, reaching 461 in 2023. The lowest annual figure of 410 was registered in 2010, according to figures from the police.
The number of accidents with personal injury has gone down significantly. In the mid-00s, the annual number of accidents with personal injury was between 60 and 70 up until 2008. The figure then dropped significantly and has since remained steady between 20 and 30.
Two traffic fatalities were registered in 2022, one in 2021 and none in 2020. A total of four traffic fatalities were registered in the 2018-2022 period, compared to 16 in the previous 5-year period.
There has also been a significant decrease in drink driving charges, dropping from almost 200 in 2007 to 70 in 2017. This figure has, however, gone up again in the past 5-6 years, reaching 161 in 2022.
It should be noted that in 2009, the blood alcohol content (BAC) limit was lowered from 0.5 to 0.2.