This is an archived release.
257 killed on Norwegian roads
257 people were killed and 12 121 injured on Norwegian roads in 2004, which is 23 fewer fatalities, but 270 more injuries than in 2003. A total of 8 425 road traffic accidents were reported to the Norwegian police in 2004.
Of the 12 121 people injured in traffic accidents last year, 980 were dangerously or seriously injured. In comparison, the figures for 1995-2004 show an annual average of 298 people killed and 1 196 dangerously or seriously injured.
Fewer cycle accidents in 2004
A total of ten cyclists were killed and 716 injured last year, compared with 14 killed and 731 injured in 2003. 188 of the killed and injured people were children under the age of 15. Compared with 1995 the number of killed and injured cyclists has fallen by just above 24 per cent.
Fewer pedestrians killed, but more injured
While 34 pedestrians were killed and 821 were injured in 2003, the figures for 2004 show that 22 pedestrians were killed and 854 injured on Norwegian roads last year. The figures for the ten-year period 1995-2004 show that 39 pedestrians were killed and 927 injured on average each year.
Fewer motorcycle accidents
A total of 33 motorcyclists were killed and 640 injured in 2004, compared with 30 killed and 660 injured in 2003. The average figures for 1995-2004 show 29 killed and 678 injured.
More moped accidents
Eight people were killed and 715 injured in moped accidents last year, compared with seven people killed and 585 people injured in 2003. The average figures for 1995-2004 show seven killed and nearly 500 injured in moped accidents.
Ten children under the age of 15 were killed and 987 injured in Norwegian traffic accidents in 2004, a decrease of ten and twelve respectively compared with 2003. The figures for 1995-2004 show that an average of 16 children are killed and 1 001 are injured on Norwegian roads each year. Of the ten children that were killed in road traffic accidents last year, four were passengers of cars, three were cyclists and three were pedestrians.
46.7 per cent of the people that were killed in Norwegian traffic accidents last year were between 15 and 34 years old, an increase of 5 per cent from 2003. In total, 120 people in this age group were killed on Norwegian roads in 2004, compared with 124 people in 2003. The number of injured persons in the age group 15-34 years also increase compared with the previous year. A total of 5 910 people between 15 and 34 were injured in 2004, which is 73 more than in 2003.
The number of fatalities in the age group 70-74 years increased from 2003 to 2004. A total of 12 people were killed and 249 were injured in this age group last year, compared with six killed and 203 injured in 2003.
Fewer people over 79 killed
21 people over 79 years were killed and 278 injured on Norwegian roads last year, compared with 28 killed and 258 injured in 2003. Nine of the 21 people that were killed in this age group in 2004 were drivers of cars, the same as in 2003. Of the other fatalities in this age in 2004, eight were passengers of cars, two were pedestrians and two were other road users.
Road traffic accidents in Nordic countries
Comparative figures show that Norway had six injuries per 100 000 inhabitants in 2004. Similar figures for Denmark show eight casualties, while the figures for Finland show seven casualties per 100 000 inhabitants.
The statistics are based on accidents reported to the police. Less severe accidents and injuries are therefore under-represented in the figures.
- Table 1 Persons killed or injured in road traffic accidents, by group of road-user. 1995-2004
- Table 2 Persons killed or injured, by road-user and degree of injury. 1995-2004 (Corrected 5 July 2005)
- Table 3 Persons killed or injured, by road-user and sex. 1995-2004
- Table 4 Persons killed or injured, by group of age. 1995-2004
- Table 5 Persons killed or injured, by road-user and age. 2004
- Table 6 Persons killed or injured, by road-user, police district and county. 2004
- Table 7 Persons killed or injured, by age, police district and county. 2004
- Table 8 Persons killed or injured in road traffic accidents, by group of road-user, type of residential area and group of accidents. 2004 (Corrected 30 June 2005)
- Table 9 Cyclists killed or injured, by age, sex and protection. 2004
- Table 10 Persons killed or injured in road traffic accidents in the Nordic countries. 1995-2004