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What European countries are the cleanest?

16 December 2016

The world’s health has been under extreme scrutiny over the last few decades as research has highlighted the considerable damage we as humans have inflicted on our land, the atmosphere and our wildlife. With our population growing rapidly it’s no wonder our cities and countries are becoming dirtier and more polluted.

Despite many cities suffering from the damaging effects of their expansion, there are some countries that have managed to remain clean throughout the years. With more and more people travelling nowadays, the level of cleanliness of a location has become an important factor in its tourism success. A clean country is a green country and more and more of them are joining hands in the fight for a cleaner environment. This will ultimately not only benefit you and the world population but will go a long way in claiming back what we have lost already. If you’re looking to travel to Europe soon and want to know what European countries are the cleanest and greenest then why not refer to your list of the best. The following are based on their overall performance in terms of the countries' improvements in sanitation, forest cover, carbon emissions and pollution levels:


The city of light (and one of the most romantic places in the world) ranks highly in many arenas. Famous for its architecture, food, culture and history, France has also maintained a good environmental record for many years now. Paris is also one of the cleanest capital cities in the world despite having a population of 2.2 million people. The country owed its success to its excellent forest and water policies and low levels of pollution coupled with excellent health services. 


Norway is not only one of the most beautiful and richest countries in the world, it is also one of the cleanest. Not only can you expect stunning landscapes and incredible architecture when you visit, but exceptionally high quality air, water and sanitation levels. Norwegians are far less likely than most of us to suffer from respiratory diseases because of the countries low levels of airborne particles. Its hydro power plants also provide electricity for almost 98% of the population. 


This Scandinavian haven in Western Europe is the third largest country in the EU, yet somehow its nearly 10 million strong population hasn’t stopped the country from maintaining excellent standards of hygiene. It has low levels of air pollution, clean drinking water and minimal emissions and greenhouse gases. Sweden scores very highly when it comes to forest management, life expectancy and overall pollution levels. Its outstanding social health care system is an example to many countries. 


The origins of Austria go back to the Holy Roman Empire days and with its rich cultural and historical background, Austria is more than just a stunning place to visit. Austria takes huge efforts in maintaining its sanitation and marine and forest protection. As well as this, the country’s streets are literally spotless due to its strict recycling laws. Known as the winter capital of Europe, Austria has many ancient palaces, castles and opera houses to visit, as well as its rivers being of ‘drinking water’ quality. 

Article provided on behalf of European Health Insurance Card