Top Gear: Finland’s Busiest Roads Revealed

How busy are the roads where you drive? New figures for Helsinki, Tampere, Turku and Oulu show the country's most crowded highways.

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You might not find too many traffic jams in remote parts of Lapland, but it’s no surprise that roads are a lot more crowded in the south of the country.

Now, the Finnish Transport Agency Liikennevirasto has revealed exactly where the country’s busiest roads are located.

There’s more than 400,000 kilometres of roads in Finland, but the busiest stretch is unsurprisingly in the Helsinki region on Ring I just east of Hämeenlinnanväylä where 95,312 vehicles pass each day.

In practice, traffic volumes on Ring I exceed 50,000 per day on the whole route between Leppävaara in Espoo, and Itäkeskus in east Helsinki.

Airport Increases Vantaa Traffic

Finland’s second busiest road is on Ring III at the Jumbo shopping centre in Vantaa where a total of 87,112 vehicles zoom past every day.

Ring III is a busy road anyway, but the area around Jumbo and heading out to the airport can get particularly crowded.

The other busy stretches of roads in the Helsinki capital city region are Lahdenväylä (73,800 vehicles per day); Tuusulanväylä (68,931 vehicles per day); Turunväylä in Espoo between Ring I and Ring II (68,589 vehicles per day) and Länsiväylä at Lauttasaari (62,946 vehicles per day).

Other Parts Of Finland

In other parts of the country, there are only a few spots where the traffic volume gets close to capital city numbers.

The main stretch of motorway heading into Oulu sees 54,183 vehicles per day. The bypass south of Tampere has 51,019 vehicles per day.

Turku’s busiest road is at the east end of the Naantali expressway with 33,574 vehicles per day.

Traffic flows in Finland’s most important north-south road the Nelostie vary wildly in different places. At the beginning of the road in Helsinki there are more than 70,000 vehicles per day.

At Oulu it’s more than 40,000 vehicles on that same road. And when the Nelostie goes to the Norwegian border at Utsjoki, the number has dropped down to 877 vehicles per day in the far north of the country.