According to the 2020 data compiled by the European Union (EU) Statistical Office (Eurostat) from the national statistics offices of the countries, Iceland is the country with the highest number of vehicles per person with 731 vehicles per thousand. Luxembourg is second with 682 cars and Italy is third with 670.
The number of cars per thousand people in the European Union (EU) is 560.
In Turkey, while there were 69 cars per thousand people in 2002, this number increased to 157 in 2020. However, Turkey stands out as the country with the lowest rate among 38 European countries, including Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Albania and North Macedonia.
While there are 580 vehicles per thousand people in Germany, this rate is 567 in France. The number of automobiles per thousand people in some other countries is as follows: Austria 570, Czechia 565, Norway 544, Greece 514, Belgium 510 and England 473.
After Turkey, which ranks last, the countries with the lowest number of vehicles in terms of population are Kosovo (174), Albania (191), Bosnia-Herzegovina (192), North Macedonia (207), Serbia (315).
It is noteworthy that Turkey is behind all Balkan and Eastern European countries in the number of vehicles per capita.
Record increase in Turkey in the 2000-2020 period
The number of vehicles per capita in Turkey has shown a great increase in the 20-year period covering the years 2000-2020. While there were 68 cars per thousand people in 2000, this number was 69 at the end of 2002, when the AK Party came to power. This means an increase of 128 percent in the last 18 years.
The number of automobiles according to the population in Turkey has increased gradually in the last 20 years. While the 100 threshold was exceeded for the first time in 2010, the 150 threshold was exceeded in 2017. 157 per thousand in 2020 means that there is not even 1 car for every 5 people. However, the EU average is above a car for two people.
One out of 3 people cannot afford to buy a car.
On the other hand, according to Eurostat data, one out of three people in Turkey cannot afford to buy a car. Moreover, this data belongs to the year 2020. This ratio is expected to change after rising inflation in Turkey and the depreciation of the Turkish lira.
In 2020, 35 percent of Turkish people could not afford to buy a car. Turkey ranks second after Albania (54 percent) in the first place. The EU average is only 6%.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in his statement in July 2022, stated that the number of vehicles in Turkey increased 3 times from 8.5 million to 26 million, and commented, “We were talking about economic distress”.