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Top 10 Cleanest Countries in The World

by Anuradha Ramkumar on 12/01/10 at 9:50 am

Do you wish to know the top 10 cleanest countries in the world? According to environment performance index, a survey was recently conducted and they have declared their scores with switzerland topping the list. Other countries that follow switzerland would include sweden, norway, finland, costa rica, new zealand, france, columbia, latvia, austria. Enjoy the read.

You must have heard the old adage “Cleanliness is next to Godliness.” How much of us give importance to cleanliness? More and more countries are trying to find out ways to keep their country clean and thereby keeping our environment clean. These measures will help in reducing carbon footprints and global warming. Read this article on Leave only footprints and not Carbon footprints to know more about global warming and carbon footprints and how they affect our environment.

Columbia University’s Center for International Earth Science Information Network and Yale University’s Center for Environmental Law and Policy developed the index to highlight the cleanest countries; a total of 140 countries were assessed on 25 parameters which includes the quality of air, water, use of pesticides, etc. Switzerland topped the list with an Environmental Performance Index (EPI) of 95.5 on a scale of 100.

1. Switzerland:

 

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Switzerland is not only famous for chocolates and watches but also for its cleanliness. It tops the list with an EPI of 95.5. In eight parameters like sanitation, water quality, pesticide regulation, Switzerland scores a perfect 100. As the country is clean, life expectancy rate is also high and it is 81 years.

2. Sweden:

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Sweden is the second cleanest country with an EPI of 93.1. Sweden scored strongly in areas concering with envrionmental issues, air pollution, drinking water, and greenhouse gas emission. Do you know they take good care of their forest; hence low greenhouse gas emission.

3. Norway:

 Image via engineering

Norway tied with Sweden in the second place. EPI of Norway is 93.1. Norway is not only the second cleanest country but also third wealthiest country in the world. They scored a perfect 100 in parameters like quality of water and air, ozone levels, and sanitation. 98% of the electricity is generated by Hydro power in Norway.

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lillyrose

Jan 12th, 2010

Great article. Some how I thought those Countries would be up there!

Ramalingam

Jan 12th, 2010

All the countries mentioned above really deserve their due place in the EPI.But all of them have a low birth rate and population density.But countries like India and China, despite their steady economic growth are vying with each other in population growth.Naturally we have a low EPI.What to do?

Christine Ramsay

Jan 12th, 2010

I too would have expected those countries to be up there. We must all try hard to improve our own cleanliness. An interesting article.

Christine

Kimberly Wilson

Jan 12th, 2010

The USA can learn a few things from these countries!!!

FlexionCalc

Jan 12th, 2010

thanks for the interesting read

Atanacio

Jan 12th, 2010

a very good read

Atanacio

Jan 12th, 2010

a very good read :)

Atanacio

Jan 12th, 2010

wow didn’t know this

albert1jemi

Jan 12th, 2010

wow when ll my country come to that list

chitragopi

Jan 12th, 2010

Wonderful. I think our country has a long way to go.

Ashley89

Jan 12th, 2010

Thanks for a great share I had no idea!

j p gallagher

Jan 12th, 2010

I too, pretty much expected the top three or four, surprised by France though, way to go France!!

Frances Lawrence

Jan 12th, 2010

I am not surprised that Switzerland topped the list but I am very surprised that France was on the list.

Eunice Tan

Jan 12th, 2010

Nice info. It is good to live in those countries.

devsir

Jan 13th, 2010

Great compilation. Nice images. Great work
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alensmith

Jan 13th, 2010

Nice images. Great work a very good read

Leonardo da Vinci E.

Jan 13th, 2010

Those countries get more than just environmental issues
right.

AlmaG

Jan 14th, 2010

Great post! Doesn’t it feel wonderful to be living in a clean country.

Jane Jane

Jan 14th, 2010

wow, when wil our country be on that list. I wonder.

Jairo Hermenegildo

Jan 14th, 2010

ColOmbia, not Columbia. It’s a country, not a district. gracias.

Anuradha Ramkumar

Jan 14th, 2010

@Jairo, Thank you for pointing out. I’ll correct the post and re-sbumit it.

drelayaraja

Jan 15th, 2010

Congrats to those ten countries… Hope INDIA can feature in this list in future :)

BeatsMe

Jan 15th, 2010

Nice list. They do look clean.

CA Johnson

Jan 15th, 2010

Great article. I didn’t see my country (United States) on the list. I guess we need to make better efforts to keep the country clean.

Anuradha Ramkumar

Jan 15th, 2010

@ CA Johnson, US is in the 39th place. You can find out the various parameters that were taken into consideration by visiting the Environmental Performance Index url provided in the article.

deep blue

Jan 16th, 2010

Well done my friend. So I must say not all great countries comes to be the cleanest.

qasimdharamsy

Jan 16th, 2010

Very Nice post…good work…

drgthy

Jan 16th, 2010

kinda wrong in the way that countries that have like 99% rainforest are first but the actuall cities are filthy a perfect example is Colombia

Jennifer E. Brown

Jan 18th, 2010

The US should take some tips from these countries. We have much to learn.

catlord

Jan 18th, 2010

Kind of relieved that Canada did not make the list; at last considering Toronto… We USED to be a very clean city… anymore I see garbage laying in the streets, overflowing trash cans, bags stuck in trees, etc etc… shameful waste!

speckledlily

Jan 19th, 2010

I’m looking for Singapore in this article, but it’s not in the list. I thought Singapore belongs to the top 10. Do you know the rank of Singapore?

Anuradha Ramkumar

Jan 19th, 2010

@bethenya, I think Singapore didn’t participate in the survey coz I couldn’t find any information about it. Malaysia is in 27th position.

thuanynguyen

Jan 19th, 2010

enjoying read.

Webiny

Jan 19th, 2010

Wow this was interesting. It’s interesting to note too that most of these are European countries. I enjoyed reading this, thanks. =)

Intuitive

Jan 19th, 2010

Very interesting article. Wonder why singapore din’t participate it would have made it into the top 10.

carolinad

Jan 21st, 2010

Really good info and interesting article; thank you for writing; I had no doubt that most will be in Europe!

8Shei8

Jan 22nd, 2010

I have never been to those countries but your pictures do show they are clean. I would love to travel and visit.

Jenilia12

Jan 26th, 2010

great writing….go ahead

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K Kristie

Jan 27th, 2010

I’ve always wanted to visit Switzerland. The country has such a great reputation.

Anuradha Ramkumar

Jan 27th, 2010

@Kristie, I too wanted to visit Switzerland. My hubby has been there and he loves the place.

T. S. GARP

Jan 28th, 2010

Great article. Nice to see so many clean countries!

Aiyanna

Feb 3rd, 2010

Thank you for this :-) Proud to be living in New Zealand…

frenchies

May 5th, 2010

I have to report an error. The photo of Latvia has been taken in France … in the Highway A26 in North of France . not in Latvia :)

Anuradha Ramkumar

May 5th, 2010

@Frenchies, Thnk you for the information. The photo is now replaced.

uzomba ugonna

Jun 18th, 2010

WOW, THIS IS A CHALLENGE TO US HERE IN NIGERIA……… WE WILL MAKE THE LIST NEXT TIME. WE ARE OUT FOR THAT ugonna,

Peter

Sep 22nd, 2010

I’ve been in 6 out of 10 countries, but my heart goes out to Norway.. for sure.
Surprised France is in the list, Holland is MUCH cleaner!
Pete

Ronald TN

Oct 21st, 2010

VERY SUPPRISED THAT NOT EVEN ONE AFRICAN COUNTRY IS NOT THERE , BIG UP TO THE TOP TEN IN THE WORLD AND ALSO SOUTH AFRICA SITTING THERE TOP OF AFRICA AND IS TIME TO BE CLEAN

Karen Gross

Oct 27th, 2010

Very interesting topic – thanks for researching and sharing this. I was surprised that Canada did not make the list, but looked up your link and found that we are not caring for our fisheries. Too bad- we have so many resources that are underused and not preserved.

One thing I knew – we have pristine water. We do take it for granted.

Vanessa SMith

Nov 22nd, 2010

Whoooo Go New Zealand!!!!

Jun Fuentes

Nov 23rd, 2010

Thats’s why I Love European countries if the topic is about cleanliness. I hope Philippines would be one of them soon.

BJ 'd nature lover

Dec 21st, 2010

>>> speckledlily & intuitive

Singapore is actually the \”9th\” on the rank for the \”cleanest cities in the world\”. [according to this article:]
http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90001/90782/6953858.html

brendon

Mar 13th, 2011

No Singapore? vry suprised…

jore kalm

Mar 17th, 2011

The picture that Finland has is absolutely not from here. We dont have register licenses like that at all

Gunnar

Mar 23rd, 2011

Guess Iceland was never on the list even though there’s only population of 300.000,- there.

ashik

Apr 7th, 2011

good

max

Apr 12th, 2011

Sweden aint the cleanest country. I live there and we have many litters.

Anders.....

Apr 12th, 2011

I do not think Sweden is one of the cleanest countries! I have been in Sweden.
1: Very poor.
2: Very littering.
3: The air smells bad.
4: Very crime.
5: Sweden is receiving too many refugees.
I think that Estonia will be one of them cleanest countries. Have been there, (very beautiful)
So I do not think Sweden is one of them cleanest countries, so sorry. That’s it.

angei

Apr 23rd, 2012

y venezuela ?

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