People who live in cleaner countries tend to live longer than people in dirtier surroundings. People give a lot of importance to cleanliness and prefer to live in places which are environmental friendly. Keeping any country with major cities clean is no small task, but the world's cleanest countries have figured out a balanced between population and sanitation and work tirelessly to be the cleanest and most efficient countries. Cleanliness contributes to beauty and health and it can be achieved by cleaning. For some countries like Singapore, this means enforcing strict rules to keep the streets clean . Others have the national culture that tends towards tidiness and find that cleanliness is enforced through societal pressure and expectations. Clean water, better air quality, better handling of waste and sanitation are all factors that significantly affect human health. The Environmental Performance Index(EPI) ranks countries from the cleanest to the dirtiest in the world based on two policy objectives; ecosystem vitality and environmental health. The EPI allows countries to see how effective their environmental policies are and how close they are to achieving their environmental goals. These are ten of the cleanest countries in the world.
Denmark is the most cleanest and most environmentally friendly country. Apparently, this country in the Nordic region emphasizes the use of renewable energy. Denmark has some of the world's best policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prevent climate change. Its EPI score is 82.5, standing out for high air quality scores and the biodiversity and habitat category. Denmark also focuses on sustainability with eco-friendly hotels, solar-powered boats and organic foods.
Luxembourg ranks as the 2nd cleanest country in the world with an EPI score 82.3. This small European country is surrounded by Belgium, France, and Germany. Luxembourg is a relative small nation with less than 600,000 people, allowing the majority of the country to be rural. This allowed forest and the nature parks to be plentiful. Luxembourg has made significant progress in reducing the negative impacts on its environment despite its rapid population and GPD growth. Luxembourg's score for biodiversity and habitat and water resources are notably high at 96.54 and 99.76, respectively.
Switzerland is the third cleanest country in the world, with an overall EPI score of 81.5. Switzerland scored exceptionally high for water sanitation, receiving a score of 99.99, and for water resources, receiving a score of 99.67. Switzerland is known for its clean water, thick forest, and abundant wildlife.
United Kingdom sits at no. 4, with an EPI score of 81.3. United Kingdom has received perfect scores in drinking water and sanitation and reducing exposure to PM2.5 exposure. The UK also has high scores for both air quality and biodiversity and habitat.
France ranks as the fifth cleanest country with an EPI score of 83.95. Found in Western Europe, it is the largest country on the continent. France gets to be among the world's most environment-friendly and tidiest countries. It received a high score on air quality, water sanitation and fisheries. Despite the fact that France is industrialized, 80 percent of its electricity depends on nuclear energy. This makes France the largest consumer of nuclear power in the whole world. That is why it has a low score on carbon dioxide emissions.
With an EPI of 79.6, Austria is the sixth cleanest country in the world. Austria ranked third overall for agriculture, having stringent regulation for pesticides and fertilizers,and fifth for ecosystem vitality. Austria is known to have some of Europe's strictest air pollution standards, chemicals and waste management. About two-thirds of Austria is covered in dense forest and meadows.
Finland occupies the 7th spot with an EPI score of 78.64. Finland is recognized for its excellent air quality, lofty forests and incredibly breath-taking natural landscapes. It produces minimal air pollution and utilizes environment-friendly energy resources.
Sweden's EPI score is 78.7. Sweden, also received a perfect score for addressing the life-threatening impacts of lead exposure. The country is one of the most sustainable globally known for its low carbon dioxide emissions and the use of renewable energy sources. Sweden is known for increasing its greenery and preserving thousands of acres of forests, as well as being a professional in recycling.
Norway's EPI is 77.7. It has a perfect score for sanitation and drinking water and an air quality score of 97.9. Norway's electricity is 97% renewable.
Germany is the tenth cleanest country in the world and also the most technologically advanced country. Its EPI score is 77.2, with a perfect score for sanitation and ranking fourth for biodiversity. Germany is heading towards a renewable energy resolution increasing its environment friendliness through 10 green initiatives.
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