The trouble with European cities is that most of them were laid out long before the advent of the automobile. Little wonder, then, that nearly all of them suffer from terrible traffic congestion. But which is the most jammed of all of them?

Brussels. The Belgian capital is also the seat of NATO, the European Union and countless other international organizations. And this year it's been rated as the most congested city in Europe. Traffic in the UK is hardly any better with three cities listed in the top 10 – second only to France, which features four.

The ratings were conducted by TomTom. The GPS company compiles data from individual units once they're connected to the internet for updates, and calculates how much time was spent citing in traffic jams. Big Daddy is watching, but at least he can give us some useful information once in a while.


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      theblackemblem
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Big father is watching"? Did you mean to say "big brother"?
      bh
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have nothing to add except a Monty Python sketch that refers to Belgium. "Now, the result of last week's competition when we asked you to find a derogatory term for the Belgians. Well, the response was enormous and we took quite a long time sorting out the winners. There were some very clever entries. "Mrs Hatred of Leicester said 'Let's not call them anything, let's just ignore them,' and a Mr St John of Huntingdon said he couldn't think of anything more derogatory than Belgians. "But in the end we settled on three choices: number three: 'the Sprouts,' sent in by Mrs Vicious of Hastings, very nice ; number two: the Phlegms, from Mrs Childmolester of Worthing; but the winner was undoubtedly from Mrs No-Supper-For-You from Norwood in Lancashire: MISERABLE FAT BELGIAN BASTARDS!!!" Hey, it's no less car-related than some AB posts.
      wonky donky.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Brussels is also a surprisingly dangerous and sleazy place. -Like sleazier and dangerous-er than the Bois de Boulogne.
        xor.be
        • 3 Years Ago
        @wonky donky.
        Very true Brussels is too small to be a big city. Bad neighborhoods are within walking distance of good neighborhoods Not to mention in other countries downtown is the safe area and the areas around is the bad places In brussels is the other way around. The more you get away from the center, the safer and prettier it gets. Nothing says welcome to Brussels like arriving at our muslim infested south station ;-)
      N Bluth
      • 3 Years Ago
      "The trouble with European cities is that most of them were laid out long before the advent of the automobile." Yeah, because Los Angeles, a city built almost completely around the car, has no congestion problems. Sorry, but as a Los Angeles resident who wishes I didn't have to get in my car to run even the most simple errands, I'll take a city designed around *people* as opposed to cars any day.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Siugt8
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hi hate NATO, they are cold blooded murderers!
      Stix
      • 3 Years Ago
      "The trouble with European cities is that most of them were laid out long before the advent of the automobile." America and all of its' cities were established before the advent of the auto. What kind of idiotic, lame-brained remark were you trying to make with that? "Big Daddy is watching, but at least he can give us some useful information once in a while." What the hell does the government have to do with this? Your article said that the info was conducted by a private company, not the government. Whoever wrote this needs to go back to a journalism school, and learn about how to format an article.
      Kai F. Lahmann
      • 3 Years Ago
      Strange. Most Europeans coming back from a trip into the USA report about far to must traffic jams. Maybe parking is better in the USA (as there are big malls with parking areas big as a whole quarter), but not the traffic itself.
      xor.be
      • 3 Years Ago
      Jeej, Belgium wins something !! It's not as bad here. I'm sure stats are influenced by the fact that recently the speed limit for the entire downtown area became 30km/h Also, as in any city everybody is sticking to the main access roads using their gps. One quick glance at the map shows a number of streets running paralel to the main road.