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28 countries spending most on road infrastructure

September 19, 2013 08:56 IST

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Good road infrastructure is one of the most important components of the economy as it plays a big part in delivery of goods and services.

Let's take a look at some countries spending a lot on improving their roads.

Source: internationaltransportforum.org

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Image: Cars drive over a bridge towards central Melbourne, Australia.
Photographs: Mick Tsikas/Reuters
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United States

Total investments: $74,164 million

Overall rank: 1

United States, the biggest economy in the world, spends a huge amount on its road infrastructure. The US, known as the country of cars, has some of the most well-connected highways and freeways in the globe.

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Image: Tourists gather in Times Square in New York City, United States.
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Canada

Total investments: $20,109 million

Overall rank: 2

Canada, one of the richest countries in the world, is the second-biggest spender on roads primarily because the country is huge and its population is thinly spread.

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Image: A view of Montreal, Canada.
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Australia

Total investments: $18,417 million

Overall rank: 3

Australia, one of the fastest growing economies in the world, is the third-biggest spender on roads primarily because the country is huge and its population is thinly spread.

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Image: Traffic crosses a major road bridge leading to Sydney's central business district, Australia.
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France

Total investments: $15,860 million

Overall rank: 4

France, one of the richest economies in the world, connects some of its most beautiful cities and tourist destinations with equally efficient road network.

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Image: A view of Paris, France.
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Germany

Total investments: $15,503 million

Overall rank: 5

Germany, one of the biggest economic powerhouses of the world, owes much of its trade success to its excellent roads.

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Image: Tourists Caro and Anna from Munich lie in a bed mounted to a rental bike as they ride along Friedrichstrasse in central Berlin, Germany.
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Russia

Total investments: $11,235 million

Overall rank: 6

Russia, one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, invests a lot in its road network primarily because its a huge country and its population is thinly spread.

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Image: A woman walks on the platform as a train arrives at Mayakovskaya metro station, which was built in 1938, in Moscow, Russia.
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Poland

Total investments: $11,108 million

Overall rank: 7

Poland, which was hit badly by the 2008 global economic crisis, is investing a lot of money into infrastructure in an effort to boost trade.

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Spain

Total investments: $7,893 million

Overall rank: 8

Spain, which was also hit badly by the 2008 global economic crisis, is investing a lot of money into infrastructure in an effort to put its economy back on track.

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Turkey

Total investments: $6,918 million

Overall rank: 9

Turkey, one of the fastest growing economies in the world, is investing a lot of money into infrastructure as its economy witnesses a boom.

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Image: A view of Istanbul's financial district, Turkey.
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United Kingdom

Total investments: $6,872 million

Overall rank: 10

United Kingdom, one of the biggest financial centres of the world, has some of the most well-connected roads in the globe.

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Image: Piccadilly Circus in central London, United Kingdom.
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Mexico

Total investments: $5,223 million

Overall rank: 11

Mexico, one of fastest growing economies in the world, is investing a lot on road network in an effort to boost trade both within the nation and also with neighbouring countries.

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Romania

Total investments: $4,383 million

Overall rank: 12

Romania, which was hit badly by the 2008 global economic crisis, is focusing on its road network as its growth bounces back.

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Norway

Total investments: $3,637 million

Overall rank: 13

Norway, one of the richest nations in the world, invests millions of dollars on its roads every year.

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The Netherlands

Total investments: $3,053 million

Overall rank: 14

The Netherlands, one of the biggest exporters of dairy products in the world, sees millions of tourists enjoy its excellent road network every year.

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Azerbaijan

Total investments: $2,085 million

Overall rank: 15

Azerbaijan, which has one of the biggest oil and gas reserves in the world, is the largest country in Central Asia.

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Czech Republic

Total investments: $1,727 million

Overall rank: 16

Czech Republic, one of the most developed countries in eastern Europe, has some of the best infrastructure in the region.

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Finland

Total investments: $1,244 million

Overall rank: 17

Finland, one of the richest countries in the world, has some of the most picturesque roads in the globe.

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New Zealand

Total investments: $1,121 million

Overall rank: 18

New Zealand, one of the biggest producers of dairy products in the world, has some of the best roads connecting its beautiful hills and rural areas.

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Ireland

Total investments: $618 million

Overall rank: 19

Ireland, which was hit badly by the 2008 global economic crisis, is investing a lot in its infrastructure to boost its growth.

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Image: A cyclist rides past the Coffee To Get Her restaurant near Dublin city centre which becomes a bar and club in the evenings, Ireland.
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Slovakia

Total investments: $576 million

Overall rank: 20

Slovakia, whose capital Bratislava is the financial capital, is witnessing a lot of foreign investments in various sectors, including infrastructure.

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Bulgaria

Total investments: $459 million

Overall rank: 21

Bulgaria, which has seen rapid growth in recent years, is putting in a lot of money in its road network.

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Image: A woman walks past the golden-domed Alexander Nevski cathedral in central Sofia, Bulgaria.
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Lithuania

Total investments: $457 million

Overall rank: 22

Lithuania, which has the biggest economy in the Baltic region, has a GDP per capita of $21,615.

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Serbia

Total investments: $452 million

Overall rank: 23

Serbia, whose economy is primarily based on service sector, is witnessing a big jump in foreign investment.

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Latvia

Total investments: $299 million

Overall rank: 24

Latvia, which enjoys high standard of living, has booming trade relations with its neighbouring countries.

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Luxembourg

Total investments: $293 million

Overall rank: 25

Luxembourg, one of the richest countries in the world, has some of the most well-connected roads in the globe.

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Georgia

Total investments: $288 million

Overall rank: 26

Georgia, whose economy was badly hit after civil strife in the 1990s, has seen its trade bounce back.

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Albania

Total investments: $280 million

Overall rank: 27

Albania, which is rich in natural resources, is investing in its infrastructure to boost trade and economy.

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Estonia

Total investments: $210 million

Overall rank: 28

Estonia, which is projected to become the most productive country in the European Union by 2050, has a GDP per capita of $21.200.


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