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Slovak highways most expensive in Europe

Building highways in Slovakia costs more than in any other European Union country. According to EU estimates, one kilometre of Slovak highway costs €12.5 million, the daily SME wrote.

In comparison, one kilometre of highway in the Czech Republic costs €8.4 million, and in Italy just €2.7 million.

The European Commission published the costs at the request of the European Parliament. The average cost of one kilometre of highway in the EU15 is €6.8 million, and in the ten new EU countries €9.1 million.

Slovenia, Hungary, and Slovakia have the most expensive highways. Belgium, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Holland, and Austria have the second most expensive highways.

The cost differences were attributed to population density, local environment and varying estimation methods. According to the Commission, there is as yet no unified methodology on estimating highway costs.

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