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Most populous country with no freeways
« on: April 25, 2021, 07:07:28 PM »

Does Bangladesh have any freeways?
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Re: Most populous country with no freeways
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2021, 07:19:43 PM »

I read the title as 'county' for a few seconds, until I saw the section this thread was posted in.

Bangladesh's first expressway opened last year, according to this article, though I don't see it on Google Maps.

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Re: Most populous country with no freeways
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2021, 08:13:52 PM »

Probably the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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Re: Most populous country with no freeways
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2021, 09:27:36 PM »

I read the title as 'county' for a few seconds, until I saw the section this thread was posted in.

Bangladesh's first expressway opened last year, according to this article, though I don't see it on Google Maps.
Expressway or full freeway?
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Re: Most populous country with no freeways
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2021, 09:41:00 PM »

I read the title as 'county' for a few seconds, until I saw the section this thread was posted in.

Bangladesh's first expressway opened last year, according to this article, though I don't see it on Google Maps.
Expressway or full freeway?
I'm guessing full freeway. Those words often are used interchangeability in mainstream usage (obviously, there's a difference on this forum), but the article did define an expressway as a highway designed for fast traffic, with controlled access. That is categorized as a freeway here.

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Re: Most populous country with no freeways
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2021, 10:35:37 PM »

Controlled access doesn't necessarily mean freeway.  It just means no driveways.

Those pictures leave it ambiguous, but the narrowness of the road plus the sidewalks on the bridge make me think "not freeway".
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Re: Most populous country with no freeways
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2021, 12:32:00 AM »

The article says it has service roads. This portion, at least, definitely looks like a freeway:
https://maps.app.goo.gl/nDZ13iVQaYg9MESB7


As for DR Congo, Kinshasa does have some recent flyovers, but probably not a full freeway: https://www.digitalcongo.net/article-en/5fec6c29778cf30017d8c313/
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Re: Most populous country with no freeways
« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2021, 09:35:58 AM »

Controlled access doesn't necessarily mean freeway.  It just means no driveways.

Those pictures leave it ambiguous, but the narrowness of the road plus the sidewalks on the bridge make me think "not freeway".
There can be sidewalks on freeways.
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Re: Most populous country with no freeways
« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2021, 10:49:33 PM »

Egypt and Nigeria. Brazil has a pretty good network.
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Re: Most populous country with no freeways
« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2021, 03:00:46 AM »

Egypt has built a huge freeway system in recent years. There are many 6 - 10 lane freeways in the northeast now. Cairo has three beltways, the longest being 367 kilometers (228 mi) long.

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Re: Most populous country with no freeways
« Reply #10 on: April 29, 2021, 06:10:48 AM »

Nigeria

Lagos has urban freeways. Rural expressways in Nigeria seem to lack real access control though.
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Re: Most populous country with no freeways
« Reply #11 on: April 04, 2023, 05:36:36 PM »

North Korea maybe.
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Re: Most populous country with no freeways
« Reply #12 on: April 04, 2023, 08:26:56 PM »

North Korea has freeways.  Not nearly as many as South Korea, but they have them.
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Re: Most populous country with no freeways
« Reply #13 on: April 05, 2023, 01:17:21 PM »

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_and_dependencies_by_population

The D.R. Congo has a population of 99 million and no freeways. In fact they only have 3,300 km (2,000 mi) of paved roads, no other country comes close with population / paved road ratio. West Africa has improved substantially on this indicator over the past 15 years.

The next largest country with no freeways is Tanzania (pop 61M). Dar es Salaam has some flyovers, but no roads that could be considered bona fide freeways.

The smallest country with freeways (or at least some controlled-access highways) is probably Iceland. Iceland doesn't have formal motorways, but they do have some controlled-access divided highways with at least four lanes.

The next smallest country with a bona fide motorway is Montenegro, followed by Luxembourg, which is the smallest country to have an actual network of motorways (156 km, six separate routes).

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Re: Most populous country with no freeways
« Reply #14 on: April 05, 2023, 01:54:12 PM »

Luxembourg, which is the smallest country to have an actual network of motorways (156 km, six separate routes).

Do they fit the grid?
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Re: Most populous country with no freeways
« Reply #15 on: April 05, 2023, 06:40:47 PM »

Luxembourg, which is the smallest country to have an actual network of motorways (156 km, six separate routes).

Do they fit the grid?
No, it does not seem to me that Luxembourg's freeways use any sort of grid.
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Re: Most populous country with no freeways
« Reply #16 on: May 21, 2023, 11:59:07 AM »

IIRC, Andorra has no motorways.

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Re: Most populous country with no freeways
« Reply #17 on: May 21, 2023, 12:44:28 PM »

I don’t believe the Bahamas has any freeways.
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