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Number of petrol/fuel stations in Europe 2019, by country

Italy has the most petrol stations out of all European countries. As of 2019, there were 21,700 operational and multiproduct service stations in the country. This was far more than those of the second entry, Germany, which was home to some 14,500 forecourts. The combined total for Europe amounted to around 138,000, however for some countries only figures for 2016 and 2017 had been made available.
The Italian market is led by Eni. The Italian multinational oil and gas company owned 4,310 petrol stations in 2017.

Petrol station decline

In many European countries, the number of petrol stations is decreasing. In Germany, for example, the number of available stations decreased by more than half from 1970 to 1990, with a further 4,900 stations closing between 1990 and 2019. The number of outlets in 2019 was even lower than the number of operational petrol stations in 1950.
Figures also declined in the United States, although the country is still home to an impressive number of petrol stations, when compared to European totals. In 2016, there were approximately 111,000 gas stations in the North American country.

The nascent Age of electric vehicles

Traditional fuels like petrol and diesel for combustion motors have greatly contributed to a rapidly warming climate. Because of this, governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations alike have urged carmakers and car owners to make the switch to electric vehicles. This is also demonstrated by the steady increase in vehicle charging infrastructure. By 2019, there were over 170,000 public electric charging stations across Europe.

Number of petrol stations in selected European countries at the end of 2019

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June 2020



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*Figures are from 2016.
**Figures are from 2018.

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