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The number of inhabitants who live in the impact area of major roads outside urban areas has decreased. In 2017, around 16,000 fewer inhabitants were exposed to high noise levels throughout the day and during the night compared to 2012. In urban areas, the number of inhabitants who are exposed to road traffic noise has not decreased. The number of inhabitants who are exposed to high noise levels throughout the day has remained at the same level as in 2012 and is estimated at 64,000. The number of inhabitants who are exposed to noise during the night along major roads in urban areas has slightly increased.

The number of inhabitants who live along major railways outside urban areas did not change significantly between 2012 and 2017. In 2017, around 7,000 inhabitants were exposed to high noise levels throughout the day and around 10,700 inhabitants during the night. Despite a decrease in the number of inhabitants exposed to noise during the night within urban areas, around 8,800 inhabitants were exposed to high noise levels during the night in 2017.


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Figure HR01-1: Number of people exposed to noise levels above 55 dB throughout the day and 50 dB during the night, along roads inside and outside urban areas
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Noise source Unit Lden > 55
outside urban area
Lnight > 50
outside urban area
Lden > 55
inside urban area
Lnight > 50
inside urban area
Roads 2007 num. 136343 85771 168696 113945
Roads 2012 num. 146151 96351 206709 137477
Roads 2017 num. 112341 73084 207815 152871
Figure HR01-2: Number of people exposed to noise levels above value 65 dB throughout the day and 55 dB during the night, along roads inside and outside urban areas
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Noise source Unit Lden > 65
outside urban area
Lnight > 55
outside urban area
Lden > 65
inside urban area
Lnight > 55
inside urban area
Roads 2007 num. 28988 37212 51967 59516
Roads 2012 num. 43688 50817 64615 61730
Roads 2017 num. 27507 34271 64035 78035
Figure HR01-3: Number of people exposed to noise levels above 55 dB throughout the day and 50 dB during the night, along rails inside and outside urban areas
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Noise source Unit Lden > 55
outside urban area
Lnight > 50
outside urban area
Lden > 55
inside urban area
Lnight > 50
inside urban area
Railways 2007 num. 10051 8482 11326 8832
Railways 2012 num. 20791 17567 24620 21022
Railways 2017 num. 22596 19391 28176 15589
Figure HR01-4: Number of people exposed to noise levels above value 65 dB throughout the day and 55 dB during the night, along rails inside and outside urban areas
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Noise source Unit Lden > 65
outside urban area
Lnight > 55
outside urban area
Lden > 65
inside urban area
Lnight > 55
inside urban area
Railways 2007 num. 1864 4026 1124 2998
Railways 2012 num. 6959 9850 6645 10646
Railways 2017 num. 7057 10672 7735 8810
Figure HR01-5: Number of people exposed to noise levels above value 65 dB throughout the day and 55 dB during the night, inside and outside urban areas in EU, in 2017
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Agglomeration Unit Roads Railways Airports Major roads Major railways Major airports
Inside urban area, Lden > 55 num.    78.236.200,00      10.337.200,00        3.028.200,00                              -                                -                             -    
Inside urban area, Lnight > 50 num.    55.088.700,00        7.833.100,00            857.400,00                              -                                -                             -    
Outside urban area, Lden > 55 num.                           -                               -                               -         30.574.800,00       10.666.700,00       1.072.800,00  
Outside urban area, Lnight > 50 num.                           -                               -                               -         20.705.700,00         8.826.700,00          439.800,00  

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