Pollution is increasing every single day and then and we can’t even think about it. In today’s time, most countries suffer from pollution problems. And this is mainly because of the government and people who do not play this responsibility properly.
In today’s time, there are some countries that always live on top because of the beauty and cleanliness of their country. We are going to talk today, about the world’s top 10 cleanest countries. Which place does your country come? If you want to keep your country clean then there is a need to reduce carbon emissions, protect forests, increase green area size and reduce the use of cars. If you also follow this rule then your country can one day join the list of the top 10 cleanest countries in the world 2018
Top 10 Cleanest Countries in the World 2018
“If you want to make your country clean then reduce the use of these things.”
- Decrease in carbon emissions
- Protect forests
- Increase in green area size
- Decrease in the use of vehicles
- increase tree plants
Let’s see the top 10 cleanest countries in the world
Finland sits at the top of the list with a 90.68 EPI score. It is often considered one of the best countries to live in. It is known for having excellent air quality with minimal air pollution and for using environment-friendly energy resources. Finnish folks have very low chances of falling ill due to environmental risks because of the level of cleanliness in the Nordic country.
Finland ranks fourth in Health Impacts, 18th in Air Quality, 26th in Water and Sanitation, 18th in Water Resources, eight in Fisheries, 19th in Biodiversity and Habitat, and 18th in Climate and Energy. However, Finland ranks really low in regard to Forests, checking in at a paltry 106th – the country has long-standing issues with logging.
Purity and Cleanliness in Finland
|Air quality||93.29||Very High|
|Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility||96.69||Very High|
|Garbage Disposal Satisfaction||86.16||Very High|
|Clean and Tidy||79.71||High|
|Quiet and No Problem with Night Lights||74.38||High|
|Water Quality||83.96||Very High|
|Comfortable to Spend Time in the City||93.24||Very High|
|Quality of Green and Parks||79.87||High|
Pollution in Finland
|Air Pollution||6.71||Very Low|
|Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility||3.31||Very Low|
|Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal||13.84||Very Low|
|Dirty and Untidy||20.29||Low|
|Noise and Light Pollution||25.62||Low|
|Water Pollution||16.04||Very Low|
|Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City||6.76||Very Low|
|Dissatisfaction with Green and Parks in the City||20.13||Low|
Like Finland, Iceland has great air quality. It has strict policies when it comes to smoking, most especially inside enclosed public places. In 2007, the government banned everyone from smoking in places such as bars and restaurants. Not many people openly smoke and walk around outside as well, which translates to minimal air pollution and cigarette butts on the streets.
Iceland isn’t blessed with forests, so no marks for it in the Forests category. In fact, only less than 2 percent of Iceland is covered with trees or forests, courtesy of the Vikings who decided to chop down all trees in sight about 10 minutes after they arrived. The lack of forests severely affected its ranking in Biodiversity and Habitat, scoring only 66.04, which is only good for 129th.
In other categories, Iceland ranks third in Health Impacts, fourth in Air Quality, 20th in Water and Sanitation, and third in Climate and Energy. Overall, Iceland has an EPI score of 90.51.
Purity and Cleanliness in Iceland
|Air quality||88.92||Very High|
|Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility||95.16||Very High|
|Garbage Disposal Satisfaction||80.24||Very High|
|Clean and Tidy||72.58||High|
|Quiet and No Problem with Night Lights||76.61||High|
|Water Quality||90.83||Very High|
|Comfortable to Spend Time in the City||92.36||Very High|
|Quality of Green and Parks||72.18||High|
Pollution in Iceland
|Air Pollution||11.08||Very Low|
|Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility||4.84||Very Low|
|Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal||19.76||Very Low|
|Dirty and Untidy||27.42||Low|
|Noise and Light Pollution||23.39||Low|
|Water Pollution||9.17||Very Low|
|Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City||7.64||Very Low|
|Dissatisfaction with Green and Parks in the City||27.82||Low|
With an estimated population of 1.3 million, Estonia is one of the least populated European countries. It is a well-developed country with an excellent healthcare and education system. And despite leaning heavily on oil shale, which is a major source of pollution, for electricity, Estonia is considered one of the cleanest countries in the world.
Because of the abundance of oil shale in the country, the Estonian government isn’t too invested in clean and renewable energy resources. In terms of cleanliness on the street level, Estonia gets top marks, with most places generally free of trash. Of course, the low population plays a big part in that – more populous countries tend to have more trash in cities and towns.
Estonia ranks 10th in Health Impacts, 24th in Air Quality, 34th in Water and Sanitation, 25th in Water Resources, first in Agriculture (tied), and first in Biodiversity and Habitat (tied). The country ranks 58th in Climate and Energy, mostly because of its oil shale industry. Estonia has an overall score of 88.59 EPI, barely missing out on the seventh spot.
Purity and Cleanliness in Estonia
|Air quality||88.35||Very High|
|Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility||87.50||Very High|
|Garbage Disposal Satisfaction||79.03||High|
|Clean and Tidy||78.79||High|
|Quiet and No Problem with Night Lights||65.15||High|
|Water Quality||82.58||Very High|
|Comfortable to Spend Time in the City||89.61||Very High|
|Quality of Green and Parks||76.52||High|
Sweden, another Nordic country, checks in at third place. A lot of people might argue that it should be at the top of this list. Sweden is one of the most beautiful places on earth, with garbage-free streets, minimal air pollution, and sanitary facilities everywhere you go.
Sweden is known for its policies on recycling trash – the country is a master at recycling. It is so good at recycling trash that it imports trash from other countries in order to keep its incredibly effective recycling system running. And naturally, the country is also adept at utilizing renewable energy sources.
Sweden ranks fifth in Health Impacts, 22nd in Air Quality, 16th in Water and Sanitation, 12th in Water Resources, first in Agriculture (tied), and 10th in Climate and Energy. Overall, Sweden checks in with a 90.43 EPI score.
Purity and Cleanliness in Sweden
|Air quality||84.11||Very High|
|Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility||92.93||Very High|
|Garbage Disposal Satisfaction||80.95||Very High|
|Clean and Tidy||74.34||High|
|Quiet and No Problem with Night Lights||70.81||High|
|Water Quality||84.22||Very High|
|Comfortable to Spend Time in the City||88.77||Very High|
|Quality of Green and Parks||83.78||Very High|
Pollution in Sweden
|Air Pollution||15.89||Very Low|
|Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility||7.07||Very Low|
|Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal||19.05||Very Low|
|Dirty and Untidy||25.66||Low|
|Noise and Light Pollution||29.19||Low|
|Water Pollution||15.78||Very Low|
|Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City||11.23||Very Low|
|Dissatisfaction with Green and Parks in the City||16.22||Very Low|
It is the most polluted country on this list since it is ranked as the 5th cleanest country in the world. The Environmental Performance Index score that is given to Norway is 78.04. Ranking Norway as one of the cleanest countries in the world helped it to be also ranked among the best countries in the world to live in. The country is renowned for its natural heritage which makes it a perfect place to visit and live in. because of this Norway also come in top 10 cleanest countries in the world
Purity and Cleanliness in Norway
|Air quality||80.74||Very High|
|Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility||94.56||Very High|
|Garbage Disposal Satisfaction||81.76||Very High|
|Clean and Tidy||71.80||High|
|Quiet and No Problem with Night Lights||69.38||High|
|Water Quality||84.92||Very High|
|Comfortable to Spend Time in the City||89.43||Very High|
|Quality of Green and Parks||80.00||Very High|
Pollution in Norway
|Air Pollution||19.26||Very Low|
|Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility||5.44||Very Low|
|Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal||18.24||Very Low|
|Dirty and Untidy||28.20||Low|
|Noise and Light Pollution||30.63||Low|
|Water Pollution||15.08||Very Low|
|Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City||10.57||Very Low|
|Dissatisfaction with Green and Parks in the City||20.00||Low|
New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses – that of the North Island, or Te Ika-a-Māui, and the South Island, or Te Waipounamu – and numerous smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 1,500 kilometres east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga.
Purity and Cleanliness in New Zealand
|Air quality||85.94||Very High|
|Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility||85.70||Very High|
|Garbage Disposal Satisfaction||76.30||High|
|Clean and Tidy||74.23||High|
|Quiet and No Problem with Night Lights||66.58||High|
|Comfortable to Spend Time in the City||87.07||Very High|
|Quality of Green and Parks||86.11||Very High|
Pollution in New Zealand
|Air Pollution||14.06||Very Low|
|Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility||14.30||Very Low|
|Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal||23.70||Low|
|Dirty and Untidy||25.77||Low|
|Noise and Light Pollution||33.42||Low|
|Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City||12.93||Very Low|
|Dissatisfaction with Green and Parks in the City||13.89||Very Low|
The Environmental Performance Index score that is given to Austria is 78.32 which makes it the 7thcleanest country in the world. Austria is also ranked as one of the most peaceful countries in the world to live in. It has strong economy and several historical monuments making it a good place to visit.
Purity and Cleanliness in Austria
|Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility||90.85||Very High|
|Garbage Disposal Satisfaction||83.18||Very High|
|Clean and Tidy||82.50||Very High|
|Quiet and No Problem with Night Lights||65.85||High|
|Water Quality||86.04||Very High|
|Comfortable to Spend Time in the City||83.14||Very High|
|Quality of Green and Parks||80.05||Very High|
Pollution in Austria
|Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility||9.15||Very Low|
|Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal||16.82||Very Low|
|Dirty and Untidy||17.50||Very Low|
|Noise and Light Pollution||34.15||Low|
|Water Pollution||13.96||Very Low|
|Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City||16.86||Very Low|
|Dissatisfaction with Green and Parks in the City||19.95||Very Low|
It holds the 8th position on the list as the cleanest country on this planet with the highest Environmental Performance Index score of 87.67. There are many reasons behind making Switzerland one of the best countries in the world to live in such as the cleanest environment, fresh air, pure and tasty water, peace and safety as it has not been involved in wars since 1815, lowest level of corruption, strong economy, high life expectancy, high quality of life, natural and historic attractions and more features but before moving to this country, you have to know that it is the most expensive country in the world to live in. Is there any other country that is better than Switzerland for living a clean life and raising healthy children?
Purity and Cleanliness in Switzerland
|Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility||91.20||Very High|
|Garbage Disposal Satisfaction||81.79||Very High|
|Clean and Tidy||82.25||Very High|
|Quiet and No Problem with Night Lights||65.53||High|
|Water Quality||84.02||Very High|
|Comfortable to Spend Time in the City||84.31||Very High|
|Quality of Green and Parks||77.90||High|
Next up we have Denmark, yet another Nordic country. With four of the top spots occupied by Finland, Iceland, Sweden, and Denmark, the list might as well have been about the cleanest Nordic countries. Denmark has an 89.21 EPI score, making it the only Nordic country with a below-90 EPI score on this list.
Yes, we just spoiled that Norway isn’t included in the top 10 cleanest countries in the world, which might sound incredulous to some.
Denmark is also known for placing more emphasis on renewable energy sources than traditional sources. It ranks 14th in Health Impacts, 12th in Water and Sanitation, 13th in Water Resources, 17th in Biodiversity and Habitat, and 24th in Climate and Energy.
Purity and Cleanliness in Denmark
|Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility||85.15||Very High|
|Garbage Disposal Satisfaction||79.59||High|
|Clean and Tidy||73.02||High|
|Quiet and No Problem with Night Lights||72.66||High|
|Water Quality||83.25||Very High|
|Comfortable to Spend Time in the City||84.32||Very High|
|Quality of Green and Parks||77.86||High|
Pollution in Denmark
|Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility||14.85||Very Low|
|Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal||20.41||Low|
|Dirty and Untidy||26.98||Low|
|Noise and Light Pollution||27.34||Low|
|Water Pollution||16.75||Very Low|
|Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City||15.68||Very Low|
|Dissatisfaction with Green and Parks in the City||22.14||Low|
It is the 10 cleanest country in the world with an Environmental Performance Index score of 82.4. Australia is not just one of the cleanest countries in the world, but it is also ranked as the 1stcountry in the world in terms of offering the best quality of life which makes those who live in it highly satisfied with the happy life that they live. The country has a total population of about 23,627,800 people and is ranked as the 4th country in the world in terms of the high life expectancy that it has.
Purity and Cleanliness in Australia
|Air quality||81.94||Very High|
|Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility||85.11||Very High|
|Garbage Disposal Satisfaction||77.69||High|
|Clean and Tidy||72.16||High|
|Quiet and No Problem with Night Lights||65.09||High|
|Comfortable to Spend Time in the City||82.56||Very High|
|Quality of Green and Parks||81.61||Very High|
Slovenia is a gorgeous country filled with breathtaking mountain landscapes. But the mountains aren’t the only impressive things about Slovenia – the entire country, in general, is a picture of cleanliness and sanitation.
Towns and cities in Slovenia are well-kept, making it a joy to walk around in the streets as a tourist. In 2010, Slovenia made headlines when an environmentalist organization, Ecologists Without Borders, arranged a project to remove tons of solid waste from illegal landfills in the country. Over 200,000 volunteers showed up and removed 12,000 tons of waste. The organization did it again in 2012 with a similar positive result.
Slovenia is often called one of the most unheralded European countries. Because of the country’s geographical structure, Slovenia ranks high in Biodiversity and Habitat and Forests, placing first and 15th, respectively, in those categories. Overall, Slovenia has an 88.98 EPI score.
Purity and Cleanliness in Slovakia
|Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility||85.32||Very High|
|Garbage Disposal Satisfaction||62.10||High|
|Clean and Tidy||53.97||Moderate|
|Quiet and No Problem with Night Lights||61.51||High|
|Comfortable to Spend Time in the City||69.29||High|
|Quality of Green and Parks||57.38||Moderate|
Pollution in Slovakia
|Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility||14.68||Very Low|
|Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal||37.90||Low|
|Dirty and Untidy||46.03||Moderate|
|Noise and Light Pollution||38.49||Low|
|Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City||30.71||Low|
|Dissatisfaction with Green and Parks in the City||42.62||Moderate|
Kind of funny that Spain and Portugal are also next to each other on this list. For those unfamiliar, the two countries sit right next to each other on the map, with Portugal being the smaller nation of the two.
Portugal has better air quality than Spain and has a more efficient system for renewable energy utilization. It has one of the largest solar power plants in the world, the Moura Photovoltaic Power Station, and houses the first ever commercial wave power farm, the Agucadoura Wave Farm. The country also puts wind power to good use. Electricity is never a problem in Portugal.
Portugal ranks 13th in Health Impacts, 21st in Air Quality, 11th in Water and Sanitation, first in Agriculture (tied), 22nd in Biodiversity and Habitat, and 16th in Climate and Energy. Overall, Portugal has an EPI score of 88.63.
Purity and Cleanliness in Portugal
|Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility||82.28||Very High|
|Garbage Disposal Satisfaction||69.58||High|
|Clean and Tidy||61.85||High|
|Quiet and No Problem with Night Lights||61.26||High|
|Comfortable to Spend Time in the City||82.20||Very High|
|Quality of Green and Parks||69.08||High|
Pollution in Portugal
|Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility||17.72||Very Low|
|Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal||30.42||Low|
|Dirty and Untidy||38.15||Low|
|Noise and Light Pollution||38.74||Low|
|Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City||17.80||Very Low|
|Dissatisfaction with Green and Parks in the City||30.92||Low|