Countries driving on the left or right

Driving direction: 1919 vs 2019

In 1919, 104 of the world’s territories were left-hand traffic and an equal number were right-hand traffic. From 1919 to 1986, 34 of the left-hand traffic territories switched to right-hand traffic.

Left- and right-hand traffic in Europe
European countries with left-hand traffic (1922): United Kingdom, Ireland, Portuguese, Swiss, Czechia, Hungary

From 1919 to 1986, 34 of the left-hand traffic territories shifted to right-hand traffic territories.

The driving directions for all nations and any changes that have happened in the past starting with Finland’s transition in 1858

The driving directions for all nations and any changes that have happened in the past starting with Finland's transition in 1858
Red – driving on the right (Right-Hand Traffic)
Light Red – driving on the right, but in the past, this nation drove on the left.
Purple – driving on the right, but in the past, this state had different laws of the road depending on one’s place.

Blue – driving on the left (Left Hand Traffic)
Light Blue – driving on the left, but in the past, this nation drove on the right.

Today right-hand traffic is practiced in 163 nations and territories, with the remaining 76 countries and territories using left-hand traffic.

Countries that practice left-hand traffic account for about a sixth of the world’s area and a quarter of its roads.

Countries driving on the left or right in the world
Countries by the handedness of traffic (2019): Right-hand traffic – red color, Left-hand traffic – blue color

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