Danes commuting farther than ever

On average, west and south-Zealanders commute 28.1 kilometres to work

When the Danes hop into their vehicles to head to work in the mornings, it's commuters from west and south-Zealand who have the farthest to go on average, according to a new report.

The report, from the national statistics office Danmarks Statistik, showed that commuters from west and south-Zealand on average have to drive 28.1 kilometres to reach their work and that nationally, the Danes are commuting farther today than they did ten years ago.

“There can be many explanations,” Kasper Grøndahl Rosenstand, a department head with the road authorities Vejdirektoratet, said in a press release.

“The financial crisis could have contributed to longer commutes. A family won't necessarily move if one spouse gets a new job a bit further away. We've also seen a tough real estate market in recent years. It hasn't been easy to sell one's home, so many have had to keep them despite working far away.”

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Love their cars
A study by the Technical University of Denmark showed that two thirds of all commuters in Denmark drive cars, a figure that rises to 80 percent if the commute is more than 20 kilometres.

The commuting report showed that commuters in east-Zealand on average travelled 22.6 kilometres to get to work, followed by north-Jutland (22.4 km), Funen (22.2 km), Bornholm (22 km), east-Jutland and south-Zealand (both 21.6 km) north-Zealand and west-Jutland (both 20.7 km).

The commuters with the smallest distance to travel are found the Copenhagen region. On average, they commute just 13.1 km.