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Swiss remain world champs for train travel

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Swiss remain world champs for train travel
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09:02 CEST+02:00
Switzerland remains the world champion for passenger train travel, according to figures issued by the information service for public transport (LITRA).

Swiss residents travelled an average of 2,307 kilometres by rail in 2013, 1.45 percent more than in the previous year, LITRA said on Tuesday citing statistics from the Paris-based International Union of Railways.

That was almost 400 kilometres more than in Japan (1,912 kilometres), the nearest rival to Switzerland, the information service said.

France (1,301 kilometres) ranked third, followed by Austria (1,280 kilometres) and Denmark (1,190 kilometres).

In terms of trips, the Japanese took more on a per capita basis — 69, versus 53 on average in Switzerland.

But the Swiss remained on top in Europe, ahead of Luxembourg (40 tips), (Denmark (35), Austria (28) and the UK and Germany with 25 trips each.

Sweden, Estonia, Romania, Lithuania and Greece ranked at the bottom in Europe, with an average of just three train rides per capita.

Check here to see the LITRA report (in German and French).

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