Communities and transport

Downturn in traffic-related carbon dioxide emissions despite the increase in commuted distances

Although the number of cars is increasing in Finland, the distances driven have shown signs of tailing off in the 2000s. Most traffic-related emissions have clearly fallen since the early 1980s mainly thanks to increasing use of biofuels and lower emission levels of new cars. The carbon emissions will most probably rise again when the economy picks up, and achieving the ambitious EU goals on emission reduction will be difficult.

Due to the urban sprawl the average commuted distance of a Finn has doubled since 1985 to 14 kilometres. At the same time services, such as grocery stores, have moved further away and public transport’s share of passenger traffic is declining.

The positive aspect regarding the functionality of communities is the amount of green space in the cities. Finnish cities have considerably more green space than European cities in general. Parks and other green places make important recreation areas for urban residents, and in recent years urban farming has gained popularity among city dwellers.

National indicators

Published 2015-04-28 at 13:01, updated 2021-01-12 at 15:11