Top 20 cleanest countries by 2010 EPI

An index addressing 25 performance indicators covering both environmental public health and ecosystem, has been periodically released.  The index, called Environmental Performance Index (EPI), ranks 163 countries throughout the world, developed and developing countries, south and north.

2010 EPI provides national government level scale of how close countries are to develop environmental policy goals.  Within index, we may compare various health and environmental issues, from access to sanitation to greenhouse gas emissions per capita, or forest national covers change (I note the indicator can be seen as deforestation rate or reforestation).

Compare to the last year list, 2010 EPI puts some countries in higher level while some countries still listed in the top 20. Here the complete list of cleanest countries in the world, according to 2010 EPI:

  1. Iceland
  2. Switzerland
  3. Costa Rica
  4. Sweden
  5. Norway
  6. Mauritius
  7. France
  8. Austria
  9. Cuba
  10. Colombia
  11. Malta
  12. Finland
  13. Slovakia
  14. United Kingdom
  15. New Zealand
  16. Chile
  17. Germany
  18. Italy
  19. Portugal
  20. Japan

The above list of cleanest country in the world 2010/page/2/ has unique facts.

Two countries have drawn my attention: Costa Rica and France. Costa Rica has been recognized as best country on the effort of rainforest conservation. Costa Rica is one of the initiators of avoiding deforestation project or known as REDD. France is one of the countries that listed as the best country in health system, and this country has banned the use of asbestos since 1997. France’s  sites also become best travel destination by a travel magazine.

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  • Scoox

    Interesting data. In my travels around Europe two years ago I visited Paris and Madrid, and I felt the former was dirtier, grubbier and smellier than Madrid, which seemed much more ‘polished’, yet Spain isn’t listed among the top 20. Presumably the EPI takes into account many other factors, not just the visual aspect of cleanliness.

  • mervin

    Canada’s emissions are terrible on a per capita basis so I heard and probably accounts for why we’re not on the list. Has something to do with the large size of the country and hence transportation of goods by transport trucks among other factors. Notice all the countries on that list are fairly tiny? Drive-thrus should be eliminated too. Looks like the annoying plastic bag elimination at grocery stores hasn’t helped.

  • eduartdo

    where the heck is canada??

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  • Mary D

    Fantastic article. Glad to read I am since I am moving to Costa Rica soon!!!!