Who doesn’t wish to live in a clean and hygienic country?
Nature and mankind go hand in hand and if one gets in trouble then it becomes difficult for the other to survive, and similar is the case with the cleanliness of a country and its people. Keeping a country clean and hygienic is a very big challenge simply because of rapid Industrialization and growing pollution have made this dream almost impossible, altering nature’s beauty to a significant degree. The importance of hygiene and cleanliness has increased in the recent times, and they form essential factors to judge the discipline of the country and its people. The world population is also at an increase along with which the countries are becoming filthier, dirtier and polluted. But despite the growing pollution, several countries have maintained hygiene and cleanliness after all these years. The Environmental Performance Index every year ranks how well countries perform on high-priority environmental issues in two broad areas- protection of human health from environmental harm and protection of the ecosystem.
So here is a list of top 10 most hygienic and cleanest countries in the world.
Norway is a Scandinavian country and is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. The country is covered with forests and water bodies. It is also ranked among the cleanest, safest and most developed countries in the world. The government of Norway gives incentive to people for going green. There is a green council in the government that is on the lookout to go green. The country has extensive reserves of natural resources like petroleum, natural gas, and other minerals and still has managed to maintain the clean air. Norway is blessed with natural beauty, landscapes, and architecture and similarly, when it comes to health, hygiene, and sanitation it does quite well. Also, the people are less vulnerable to suffer from any diseases caused by the presence of pollutants in the environment.
Sweden is located in northern Europe and is a part of the Nordic group of countries. It is officially known as the Kingdom of Sweden, and the innovative waste to energy program ensures minimal environmental impact from the country’s waste. The government has introduced strict measures and rules for maintaining the cleanliness and overall health and hygiene of its citizens. Despite the progress in economic, social and political spheres, the country can preserve and protect the natural reserves and wildlife. The emission of harmful and toxic gasses is very less and regulated in this country. It has set the standards for health and hygiene very high for the other countries.
Austria is a small European country and is also known as one of the most stable and richest countries. It is located at the heart of Europe and is a landlocked country. The Air Pollution Impact Act sets mandatory limit values and targets in relation to certain air pollutants. Under the Kyoto Protocol and EU agreements, Austria has undertaken to reduce its greenhouse gas emission. In 2011 the country also adopted a Climate Mitigation Act which ensures clean and green environment. The law and order agencies are doing their best to maintain hygiene and sanitation. The government is also supporting the citizens to plant more and more plants which make it an eco-friendly country. It is also among the top recyclers in the world. According to reports in 2010 three countries recycled the largest proportion of municipal waste in Europe and Austria’s recycling rate was the highest.
Spain is located in south-western Europe and joined the European Union after which the country saw rapid economic development. Spain which is officially known as the Kingdom of Spain is among the most developed countries in the world. The country uses recycled water for street cleaning and irrigating the parks to keep them green. Spain has worked hard to improve the environmental conditions and has enhanced the quality of coastal bathing waters and municipal water infrastructure. The policies of the government are clean-tech friendly, and the renewable energy consumption is very high. Some of the measures taken by the government include regulating the condition of underground water, establishing new administrative procedures regarding waste and protection of natural heritage and biodiversity. Due to the use of renewable sources of energy the country is ranked the 7th cleanest countries in the world.
Germany is best known for its diverse economy and is highly developed. The country is very organized regarding health and sanitation. The government provides health insurance to its people. Germans are very clean and in some parts of the country Kehrwoche is introduced which means the sweeping week. It is basically about how residents of an apartment are assigned a particular week to clean the place. They are very good at garbage recycling and also apply the technique of waste separation. Protecting the environment is the country’s major policy, and no other nation has paid such artistic and loving tribute to nature than Germany.
5.The Czech Republic
The Czech Republic joined the global movement in 2014. Recently the country also initiated a movement called- Let’s Do it world clean-up. People are volunteering for the cleaning project, and the main aim was to tackle the illegal disposal of waste. Initiatives like these have also been taken up in the past to make the country clean. Clean water is accessible to the citizens of this country, and it also ranks above the average in health, hygiene, sanitation, education and civic management. People are less likely to suffer any respiratory diseases because of the low levels of pollution in the air.
Singapore which is also known as the garden city is one of the fastest developing Asian countries. But despite its growth and development, the country has managed to keep its surroundings clean. The country follows strict waste management laws, and you know that you are in Singapore when people are fined or even arrested for littering the surroundings. The various posters around the whole country will instruct you what you should and what you shouldn’t do. The country has banned chewing gum and people bringing in large amounts of such substance can be punished severely.
Australia officially known as the Commonwealth of Australia is an oceanic country. The country has joined hands to introduce national policies to address climate change and to transform into a clean energy economy. It is also a very environment-friendly country with clean streets and low pollution levels. The atmosphere is very beautiful and hygienic with landscapes and natural resources. The country is also among the happiest countries in the world. Clean up Australia is the nation’s largest community-based environmental event. It demonstrates that the people are willing to do something to protect and care for their environment.
Luxembourg is listed the second most cleanest country in the world. It is also ranked quite well in environmental, water and health quality. It is also considered safe to travel in this part of the world. The government has prioritized environmental concerns and introduced the Grouss botz a government initiative which means the big clean up. It is also spending huge funds to maintain its position among the cleanest countries. The low population density and strict rules and regulations have helped this country to maintain clean air. There is a lack of pollution which has made this an ideal country for survival.
Switzerland is ranked one of the cleanest and environment-friendly countries. It is covered with mountains and lakes and is extremely beautiful. It is also ranked as one of the best places to live in the world. The country is so clean and green that the level of pollution is very low. The most common medium of transport is the bicycle which has helped to cut down the pollution caused by vehicles. Many countries have tried to use the model of Switzerland to maintain cleanliness. The government is putting great efforts and investment in the field of environment and ecosystem. It is also one of the richest countries in the world and is doing quite well to cope up with the unstable ecosystem.