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.
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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.
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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.
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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.