Helsinki, Reykjavik, and Zurich complete the top 3 least polluted cities to live in Europe for 2021, according to the CEOWORLD magazine. Sweden is included in the list with two cities, Stockholm and Gothenburg ranking at number five and nine on the list respectively.
- Helsinki, Finland
The pollution index for Helsinki according to recent data is 13.08. This rate is really low compared with other European cities. For example, the most polluted city in Tetovo in North Macedonia. The pollution index for Tetovo is 96.47. Air quality in the city of Helsinki is considered to be good or satisfactory according to metrics.
- Reykjavik, Iceland
The city of Reykjavik in Iceland comes in second place on the list with the least polluted cities in Europe for 2021. The pollution index for Reykjavik is 15.49. The government in Iceland adopted laws and rules preventing pollution to a great extent.
- Zurich, Switzerland
Zurich in Switzerland took 3rd place at the least with the least polluted cities in Europe for 2021. The pollution index for Zurich is 17.31. Zurich has made great progress in reducing pollution from vehicles, promoting cleaner forms of transport, and achieving low levels of air pollution.
- Vienna, Austria
The city of Vienna in Austria comes at 4th place on the list with the least polluted cities in Europe for 2021. The pollution index for Vienna is 17.33. Except for air pollution, other parameters that are really low in Vienna are drinking water pollution, noise and light pollution, and dissatisfaction with the garbage disposal.
- Stockholm, Sweden
Stockholm completes the top 5 cities with the least pollution in Europe for 2021. The pollution index for Stockholm is 19.76. Sweden was the first country in the world to pass an environmental protection act in 1967. Sweden also hosted the first UN conference on the global environment in 1972. Since then, Sweden tries to grow its economy substantially while reducing carbon emissions and limiting pollution. More than half of Sweden’s national energy supply comes from renewables. At the same time, specific legislation aims at further reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
- Luxembourg, Luxembourg
The pollution index for Luxembourg is 20.75. The city of Luxembourg follows specific initiatives for improving air quality concerning road traffic. Also, Luxembourg focuses on initiatives about saving energy.
- The Hague, Netherlands
The Hague in the Netherlands comes at 7th place on the list with the least polluted cities in Europe for 2021. The pollution index for the Hague is 20.78. The Hague has environmental zones with restrictions on the most polluting vehicles. By establishing environmental zones, the municipality is aiming to improve the air quality in the city.
- Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen in Denmark comes at 8th place on the list with the least polluted cities in Europe for 2021. The pollution index for Copenhagen is 21.24. Copenhagen has the world’s most ambitious plan to cut emissions. The city aims to carbon neutral by 2025. This is pushing the Danish capital to go beyond the existing model of smart, clean urban design and cycle-centered transport.
- Gothenburg, Sweden
The pollution index for Gothenburg is 21.42. The Gothenburg municipal except other initiatives for reducing air pollution, recently announced that the city will receive about 234.000 euros in order to find a way to prevent natural water bodies from being polluted with microplastics.
- Tallinn, Estonia
Lastly, Tallinn comes at 10th place on the list with the least polluted cities in Europe for 2021. The pollution index for Tallinn is 22.53. Not to forget to mention that in 1980 Tallinn was the «greenest» of the Soviet Republic capitals. The parks of the city took up more than 25% of the urban territory.