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Copenhagen Named Least Congested Scandinavian City


  • Stockholm commuters spend the most time in traffic at 104 hours per year
  • This compares to 69 hours in Oslo and 32.5 hours in Copenhagen
  • Midweek rush hour and Fridays at 4pm are the peak traffic times


Copenhagen, Denmark – 28 May, 2015: A new report published today from INRIX, the leading global provider of high quality traffic data, reveals that Copenhagen has one of the lowest congestion rates in Scandinavia. With an average commute time of 38 minutes, Copenhagen drivers spend just 7.5 minutes in traffic per day.

In Stockholm and Oslo drivers spend half or more of their commute time in traffic. Stockholm commuters spend 24 minutes of an average 40 minute journey in traffic. In Oslo, drivers spend 16 minutes of 32 minutes in traffic. These figures equate to 104 hours spent in traffic for drivers in Stockholm per year and 69 hours in Oslo, compared to just 32.5 in Copenhagen.

However, the recent public holidays in Denmark has meant more traffic on the roads. Wednesday 13th May saw almost twice as much congestion as normal with a rush hour that lasted until 8pm ahead of Ascension Day on 14th May. Traffic was also double its normal level on 30th April from 3.30pm to 6.30pm ahead of May Day on Friday 1st May.

INRIX has conducted the analysis using hundreds of millions of real-time data points from over fifty different sources including commercial vehicles, taxis and mobile devices – not just road sensors. This level of detail provides valuable insights to transport authorities around the world, enabling the better flow of people and vehicles in urban areas to boost economic productivity. The same data powers INRIX XD Traffic app, a free smartphone app that helps drivers get places faster, saving time, fuel and frustration along the way.

Greg Hallsworth, lead data analyst, INRIX says, “Copenhagen is clearly doing something right when it comes to traffic management. As more cities around the world look to become smarter, Copenhagen is a best practice example. “The Danish capital is already investing in eight innovative traffic pilot tests to ensure the best possible flow of traffic around the city. Data from pedestrians, cars, public transport and bicycles is integrated with weather forecasts, construction work and public transport schedules to give a clearer picture of congestion. Copenhagen’s vision is to give cyclists, public buses filled with passengers and people leaving football game and concerts longer green lights. These solutions are all aimed at improving congestion and reducing noise in residential areas, making Copenhagen a true pioneer in data-driven traffic innovation.”

For more information about INRIX visit or download the INRIX XD Traffic app at


Notes to Editors Report Methodology

  • INRIX measures the traffic congestion by going beyond traditional limitations of road sensors and statistical sampling techniques by analysing an historical archive of real-time data crowd-sourced from actual vehicles travelling on major metropolitan roadways
  • Data was compared for four cities: Oslo, Amsterdam, Stockholm and Copenhagen
  • Data is shown for the period between Monday 11th and Wednesday 20th May
  • INRIX analyses trillions of real-time data points from over a hundred sources including crowd-sourced data from a variety of commercial vehicles, including taxis, airport shuttles, service delivery vans, long haul trucks as well as consumer vehicles and mobile devices
  • Each data report from these GPS-equipped vehicles and devices includes the speed, location and heading of a particular vehicle at a reported date and time.


INRIX is one of the fastest growing big data technology companies in the world. The company leverages big data analytics to reduce the individual, economic and environmental toll of traffic congestion. Through cutting-edge data intelligence and predictive traffic technologies, INRIX helps leading automakers, fleets, governments and news organizations make it easier for drivers to navigate their world. Our vision is simple – to solve traffic, empower drivers, inform planning and enhance commerce. Whether through an in-car or smartphone navigation application, a local newscast or our INRIX Traffic app, our up-to-the-minute traffic information and other driver services help millions of drivers save time, fuel and frustration. INRIX delivers traffic and driving-related insight, as well as sophisticated analytical tools and services across six industries covering nearly five million miles (7.9 million km) of road in 41 countries.

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