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  • ... that car density in the EU doubled in the last 25 years, and in 2004 reached 463 passenger cars per 1000 inhabitants; but that is still far away from the US, with 771 cars per 1000 inhabitants? In 2004, Luxembourg led the way in the EU statistics with 659, followed by Italy with 581, Portugal with 572, and Germany with 546 passenger cars per 1000 inhabitants. In contrast, the lowest number of passenger cars among EU member states can be found in Romania, where the number is 149 cars per 1000 citizens. In Slovenia, the number is below the EU average, at 456 cars per 1000 inhabitants.
  • ... that in 2005, the death toll arising from road accidents in EU was 44,900? In sharp contrast to fatalities in rail, sea and air transport accidents, the share of death in road accidents accounts for more than 96% of all fatalities in transport accidents. Did you know that of all EU member states, Portugal is the only country with more than 500 people killed in road accidents per million inhabitants? Malta, Denmark and Italy have the lowest number of casualties in road accidents per million inhabitants.
  • ... that the gender pay gap (difference between men's and women's hourly earnings in percentages of men's hourly earnings) persists in all EU member states (15% at the European level), varying from 4% in Malta to 25% in Cyprus? Some of the underlying factors that may explain gender pay gaps include the sectoral and occupational segregation of the labour market, education and training, awareness and transparency. Slovenia is above the EU average, with an 8% pay gap between men and women.
  • ... that Sweden, Slovenia and Denmark are the EU member states with the lowest differences in wealth between their citizens? In these three countries the ratio of total income received by the 20% of the population with the highest income to that received by the 20% of the population with the lowest income was less than 3.5. For comparison, the respective ratio for Portugal is 8.2.
  • ... that Slovenes have the lowest average age at which active persons definitively withdraw from the labour market? In 2005, the average age in Slovenia was 58 years, whereas in Ireland people retired on average at 64.
  • ... that among EU members, Sweden has the highest proportion of women in its national parliament – 47.3%? With 12.2% share of women in the national parliament, Slovenia, along with France and the Bahamas ranked 86th in the world, with countries like Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, etc. having higher shares.


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Date: 28.12.2007