- Nov 2011
- Hercynian Forest
You will also have to factor in the very different historical developments of various European countries after WWII.Not all European countries are as tightly populated as Belgium, though.
That's an excellent point, but what about European countries with a low population density? I'm specifically talking about Eastern Europe here:
Northwestern Europe was most similar to the United States (but still poorer), whereas Eastern Europe was under Socialism, which often meant that urban development was completely in the hands of the state, and that motorization was much, much lower than in Western Europe or the United States.
Parts of Southern Europe, e.g. Spain or Portugal, did not modernize much until the 1970s, meaning that the structure of many cities and towns was conserved, and greater changes, including suburbanization, only happened much later and to a much smaller degree (as compared to France or the UK, for example).