The following countries have more roads per capital than the USA: Canada, Iceland, Australia, Namibia, New Zealand, Estonia, Latvia, Austria (they speak Austrian, don't they?), Ireland, Sweden and New Caledonia. Highways total (per capita) statistics - Countries compared - NationMaster Yet, even with all those roads to transport the stuff people build (Canada has twice as many roads per capita) The US economy is the worlds #1 economy. Maybe its not just the roads? Maybe it's Free Enterprise?