It is quite natural that we all want to live in a healthy and clean environment, but unfortunately, our planet has been slowly turning into a giant garbage dump. If you read our article with these 25 Shocking Facts About Pollution or if you checked these 25 Shocking Pictures Of The Pollution In China, you probably caught a glimpse of the seriousness and scale of the burning environmental issues that our planet has been struggling with. While the overall score is undoubtedly sad, the good news is that there are still some places in the world that are clean, neat, and unpolluted. However, it usually takes more than just some governmental regulations and public notices to keep a city clean and tidy. It is also the duty of the locals to take part in the process and be as eco-friendly as possible. To show you some cities which have already succeeded in making their environment cleaner and their residents happier and healthier, we did a bit of a research on this topic and compiled a list with some of the cleanest cities in the world. From spotlessly clean and green Northern European cities such as Stockholm and Reykjavik to surprisingly clean cities in Africa and Asia, here are 25 Cleanest Cities In The World.
Home to some 220,000 people, Freiburg is known as Germany’s sunniest and warmest city; however, it is also appreciated for its beautiful parks, clean streets, fresh air, and eco-friendly environment. Situated in the heart of the major Baden wine-growing region, it serves as the primary tourist entry point to the scenic beauty of the Black Forest, a large mountain range.
Toronto is a living proof that even a large metropolis with more than 2.6 million inhabitants can be clean and tidy. Renowned for its environmental innovations, Toronto has been particularly successful in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The city also has a very efficient and complex public transport system that contributes to the clean environment.
With over 600,000 rentable bikes all over the city, Amsterdam is referred to as a cyclist’s heaven, and it is this unusual practice what helps to keep the city remarkably clean. In 2012, Amsterdam was even ranked the second best city to live in by the Economist Intelligence Unit and 12th on quality of living for environment and infrastructure by Mercer.
Most Australian cities have a clean environment with relatively low levels of all types of pollution. What makes Brisbane stand out, though, is the fact that it is clean and tidy despite its enormous size (it has a population of more than 2.3 million). The city has a number of great parks, botanic gardens, and other green recreation areas.
Portland, Oregon, USA
Nicknamed the “City of Roses,” Portland is frequently recognized as one of the most environmentally conscious cities in the world because of its high walkability, large community of bicyclists, farm-to-table dining, expansive network of public transportation options, and over 10,000 acres (4,000 hectares) of public parks.
Want to know what other US Cities made our list? Keep reading to find out!