Among EU Capitals, Berlin’s Roads the Safest, Ljubljana’s Most Dangerous

Finally, something beyond my anecdotal rants about the maniacs that are on the roads in Slovenia.

According to a study of accident rates in EU capitals released Wednesday by the European Transport Safety Council, Berlin has the safest roads in 2007, with 1.64 deaths per 100,000 residents, just ahead of –oui, c’est vrai!– Paris, with 1.70 per 100,000.

Bottoming out the list was Ljubljana, which tallied 12.98 fatalities per 100,000, edging Vilnius, Lithuania, which scored 12.09 last year.

The safest of the safest? Maltese capital Valletta, which hasn’t seen a death on the road since 2001.

In pure numbers, Athens witnessed the largest number of deaths last year with 226, just ahead of London with 222.

Overall, the number of deaths in the capitals fell from 1,881 in 2006 to 1,560 last year.

Lausanne 027, originally uploaded by pirano.

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