Countries with the Cleanest Environments | New Study Reveals

Countries with the Cleanest Environments | New Study Reveals
Countries with the Cleanest Environments | New Study Reveals
Countries with the Cleanest Environments | New Study Reveals
Countries with the Cleanest Environments | New Study Reveals

Countries with the Cleanest Environments | New Study Reveals

Countries with the Cleanest Environments | New Study Reveals

Countries with the Cleanest Environments | New Study Reveals

  • New study reveals that the most environmentally healthy country is Iceland with a high Environmental Performance Index (EPI) and clean air.
  • Estonia stands out as a country with the biggest environmental health change with adding 17.6 to its EPI over the last 10 years.
  • Nordic countries dominate the ranking, taking first four places in the ranking.

Experts at ProVape recently conducted a study to rank the countries with the healthiest environment. The study collected information about PM2.5 concentration that reflects air pollutionEnvironmental Performance Index in addition to pollution and health indexes in over 50 countries with the best environment. The ranking takes into account all the data which is reflected in the final score.

The country with the healthiest environment is Iceland, gaining the highest score on the list with 96.11. Iceland has the lowest PM2.5 concentration in the ranking which indicates clean air. It also has the second-highest health index.

Finland is second in the ranking of the most environmentally healthy countries. Finland has the highest Environmental Performance Index (EPI) in 2024 with 98.8 and made a big progress in environmental care in the last decade. Finland also has the least pollution, in the list with an index of 12.

Sweden follows closely with third place. Its EPI is close to Finland’s but the overall changes in environment over the last decade are less noticeable. The pollution in Sweden is higher than in Iceland or Finland but it is compensated for by the good health of the population.

Norway takes fourth place with a score of 92.99. Compared to other Nordic countries, Norway has a higher PM2.5 concentration but overall environmental performance is high with a lot of progress done in the last decade. The country also has the highest health index, outperforming Iceland by 0.3.

Australia holds the fifth place in the ranking of the countries with the healthiest environment. It has cleaner air than Norway or Sweden but higher pollution with a 29.4 index score.

New Zealand follows closely in sixth place with a similar environmental health score of 91.54. Just as Australia, New Zealand has problems with pollution but its air is cleaner than in Australia.

Estonia takes seventh place with the biggest environmental health change with adding 17.6 to its EPI over the last 10 years. Estonia has a lower health index, compared to other countries in the ranking but it is compensated for by low pollution and clean air.

Ireland is eighth with a total score of 87.47. Similar to Estonia, Ireland had a huge environmental change for the better, adding over 10 points to its EPI in the last decade, 4 times more than Australia’s environmental changes. Ireland also has a high health index but struggles with pollution problems, compared to other countries in the list.

Switzerland takes the ninth place, closely following Ireland with a 87.36 score. The pollution index for Switzerland is 12 points lower than for Ireland but it has higher PM2.5 concentration with 8.9 and smaller environmental progress overall.

Denmark closes the ranking of the countries with the healthiest environments with tenth place and a 87.32 score. Just as Ireland and Switzerland, Denmark made an impressive change for the better environment which is reflected in the EPI score. It also has relatively clean air and a high health index, providing a good environment for its citizens.

Methodology: The experts at ProVape.com analyzed over 60 countries, taking into account PM2.5 concentration, Environmental Performance Index, Pollution and Health Index. Only the countries that had official data for all criteria were included in the final ranking. 

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