Top 10 Cleanest Countries in the World

“Cleanliness is next to Godliness” is a well known proverb but how many of us follow it?? This particular article discusses about the places across the globe with the most pristine environments, cleanest waters, most startling biodiversity and best life expectancy. These countries give in their best to maintain an environment friendly atmosphere and thus attract large number of visitors. Want to know in details about the cleanest countries in the world, surf through the list of top 10 cleanest countries in the world.

Top Ten Cleanest Countries in the World

Browse further know the factors behind the top ten cleanest countries in the world.

1. Iceland

Top 10 Cleanest Countries in the World - Iceland

Located at the confluence of the North Atlantic and Arctic Ocean, Iceland is a Nordic European island country. With population of about 320,000 and a total area of 103,000 km sq. and is one of the cleanest countries in the world. The country is known to have 93.5 EPI score and according to the group of air pollution (effect on humans), it scored 97.4, compared with 84.8 for countries of similar GDP of $36,000.

2. Zurich


Zurich is not only popular as the most populated city in Switzerland but has as well maintained the status of being one of the cleanest places on earth. Along with maintaining high quality galleries and museums, it is also known for rich cultural traditions.  Besides, it hosts the most prominent theatres known to the German speaking world. Due to its inviting environment backed with mesmerising scenic beauties, Zurich receives huge number of visitors each year.

3. Costa Rica

Top 10 Cleanest Countries in the World - Costa Rica

In 2010, the UNDP cited Costa Rica as one of the countries that have attained much higher human development than other countries at the same income levels and the year 2011 highlighted the country for being a good performer on environmental sustainability. Currently its EPI is 86.4 with GDP per capita of $9,600. Due to its clean environment, the Central American country is a home to rich variety of plants, animals and plentiful of fresh water. Costa Rica also takes good care of their environment and it is taking steps to become carbon-neutral by the year 2021.

4. Sweden

Top 10 Cleanest Countries in the World - Sweden

Sweden scored strongly in areas concerning with environmental issues, air pollution, drinking water, greenhouse gas emission etc and has a EPI score of 86. With a 450,295 square kilometres, it is the third largest country in the European Union by area and 9.4 million is the population number. It also ranks high in life expectancy and safe drinking water. The Scandinavian Peninsula is in a competition with its neighbours to make the states greener, hence low greenhouse gas emission.

5. Oslo


Capital city of Norway, Oslo acts as the scientific, cultural, economic and governmental hub Scandinavian nation. It as well has the biggest cargo port. With a population of 623,000 individuals it is a city that is growing fast among the prominent urban in Europe. Its history dates back to 1048 when King Harald III founded it.

6. Singapore


The perfect example of flawless hi-tech environment, Singapore grabs the sixth position among the top cleanest countries in the world. Though the nation holds the third spot in terms of largest oil refiners, one cannot find any mark of dirtiness within the metropolis. Furthermore; jay-walking, smoking, spitting and littering within the city is strictly prohibited. Anyone found breaking these rules are liable for fine of 500 Singapore dollars.

7. France

Top 10 Cleanest Countries in the World - France

With an EPI score of 78.2, France excels in parameters like drinking water, forestry, urban particulates, and growing stock. The largest country in Western Europe scores more than 95 in air pollution, health ozone, cleaned land area, fisheries management and ecosystem ozone. High standard of sanitary has enhanced the average life expectancy to 78 years for men and 85 years for women.

8. Austria

Top 10 Cleanest Countries in the World - Austria

Austria is a landlocked Central European country where a lot of effort is taken to maintain sanitation, drinking water, forestry, growing stock, pesticide regulation, and marine protection. The hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions are invariably spotless. The lakes and rivers are maintained at “drinking water” quality. There is no litter anywhere, and strict recycling laws are in place to keep the environment safe.

9. Cuba

Top 10 Cleanest Countries in the World - Cuba

Located in the northern Caribbean Sea, Cuba is an archipelago of islands which has a name for cleanliness. Clean, clear water are a big reason this wondrous county has a position in the list of top ten cleanest countries in the world. It’s EPI score is 78.1 with a GDP of $8,500. Cuba is not densely populated, rounding the number at 11.3 million with a great quality of health care.

10. Colombia

Top 10 Cleanest Countries in the World - Columbia

Colombia has come a long way in recent years and is no longer a strictly dangerous place to live or travel. The nation is one of the world leaders in fuel-efficient mass transit and gets a score of 76.8 as EPI. Colombia is the first runner up of Latin America’s clean countries on the Environmental Performance Index and this index was made by Columbia University’s Center for International Earth Science Information Network and Yale University’s Center for Environmental Law and Policy.

19 thoughts on “Top 10 Cleanest Countries in the World


    I am a Mauritian but I am sure that you have not seen the real dirtiness in Mauritius.I don’t agree with you at all.If I have time I’ll post some photos here soon.

    1. Bradley

      I have to agree with you Hugo…
      I really cannot understand this TOP 10 listing for Mauritius. I would place Mauritius perhaps further down the list in about 150th position to be honest.. The person that gave this score must have been paid.. Pollution everywhere and it is members of the Public that gather together to clean the beaches… It happens to be clean only in the areas the Tourists are exposed to! The people know the truth and this ranking is false!

      1. Anikesh Sama

        I am Mauritian too and while i was initially shocked by the ranking, i will have to agree to it.
        i feel you people didn’t read the whole article. the ranking is based on things like quality of water, air, ozone layer, ecosystem, burned land areas, pesticide regulations and carbon emission among others. for the list given, i do agree that my country is better compared to other countries. it’s true that we are poor in terms of sanitation and general cleanliness. but here, we can drink water from the tap, can breathe air without any problems (like in China for example) etc. Avoid confusion about what cleanliness means in this context.. thanks

        1. Veen Kariman

          l agree perfectly with you..ln addition we have a good system of free education,free transport to students and elder people..Good quality of life for senior citizens..many facilities to them that other countries cannot afford..and etc..etc…

          1. Niko Belic

            Free education with record rates of absenteeism and violence and pupils who have to attend paid tuition because their teachers at school don’t want to work.
            Free transport paid for by enormous subsidies from the government to win elections, while full fare paying passengers continue to pay through the nose.
            Senior citizens that enjoy their life so much that they cannot leave their home in the evening because the country is so unsafe.

            I am Mauritian too and there are plenty of things I love about our country. But it you want to praise it, you could do better than actually choose the most dysfunctional aspects of the country please. Your comment looks typically like the sort of comment made by Mauritians who have not spent much time abroad to see the things that foreign countries do much better than us.

        2. Niko Belic

          One of the criteria is “clean waters”. Do you think that we have clean waters in Mauritius with the amount of waste and pesticides rejected into it by factories, hotels and agriculture? Be serious for one second please.

      2. mun

        dude youshould visit some other countries, especially the asian ones, then uwill know the value of ur island… i have visited many countries and i can tell u that mauritians should be proud of wat we have considering our resources and size…we have too much comfort that we tend to overlook them, but they are infact luxury… Cheers!!

    2. Sandeep

      dude have you ever been in foreign country??? if yes zen u should know that YES MAURITIUS is indeed a small paradise .. one of the cleanest place in z world.. bzw nt nly cleanest but we gt many mre qualities.. Prouf of my tiny island

    3. groLoL

      You better go & take an english language tuition at your nearby primary school before you make the useless effort taking photos and post it here dude. The ranking is based on something else which you didnt understand… lol

      1. James

        Totally! This is based on an overall EPI (Environmental Performance Index) and not necessarily how clean your streets are! :)

    1. evilmaverik47

      you can not consider the emission of green house gases the only factor, there are other factors that comes under cleanest definition so according to that if you got one negative point may be you have 10 positive aspects too…


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