Finland’s Car Fleet Is Getting Older

The country's passenger car fleet is getting older - and there's still very few non-diesel or petrol cars on the roads.

File picture of cars in car park, taken from above / Credit: iStock

Do you drive an old banger, or a brand new model?

The average age of passenger cars in Finland is getting older, according to the latest research.

Traffic Safety Agency Trafi says the average age of passenger cars on Finnish roads is 11.5 years.

In 2016 the average was 11.5 years, so there has been an increase for nine years in a row.

Back in 2008 the country’s car fleet was relatively modern by today’s standards, just 9.9 years old.

In total, Finland 3.1 million passenger cars on the road at the end of last year. That’s slightly more than the year before.

There were also 319,000 vans; 96,000 lorries; and 15,000 other types of car.

Of passenger cars, 72% were gasoline powered and 27.4% run on diesel. The number of alternative-powered cars did rise last year, but the number is still very low just 0.5%.