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The 5 cleanest cities across the globe

In the age of smartphones and social media, city councils are well aware of how important it is to look one’s best – and they’re finding more and more innovative ways to do so. From the recycling art of Tokyo to the chewing gum ban in Singapore, these are the cities with the most immaculate surroundings and pristine streets.

Singapore, Singapore

Walk along Marina Bay and enjoy the spotless promenades

The queen of clean, king of hygiene, siren of the spotless – you get the jist, regularly lauded for its cleanliness, Singapore is often dubbed both the cleanest and the safest city in the world. This comes as a result of its many strict urban policies, which has earned the Singapore the tongue-in-cheek title of ‘the city of rules’.

Chewing gum is famously banned in Singapore, anti-litter laws are used to fine any casual litterer, and police even carry out spot checks to ensure public toilets have been flushed (yes, there’s a fine for this too). The results are gleaming shopping streets, while perfectly-manicured and maintained parks are just some of the perks courtesy of the city’s fleet of dedicated cleaners. You can expect any hotel to mirror this standard – The Quincy Hotel is a luxurious choice.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai is planning to build solar-powered townships within the city

Dubai has more than just glittering skyscrapers to attract visitors that have an eye for pretty things – its streets are just as immaculate. Visual pollution is a fineable offense in Dubai and hanging your clothes out on your balcony is considered to be an eyesore, so be sure to pack well before you go.

Dubai is vying to be one of the world’s first sustainable cities and looks to stay clean in its energy sources too, with plans to build solar-powered townships within the city. Glide down the wide avenues, or along Jumeirah road for unblemished ocean views, before arriving at the Park Regis Boutique Hotel.

Tokyo, Japan

Even busy junctions like Shibuya crossing are kept immaculate in Tokyo

What’s remarkable about Tokyo is that it’s the world’s largest metropolitan area in the world, and yet still scores highly for its cleanliness. What’s even more remarkable is that rubbish bins are actually quite hard to come by, which has actually resulted in less littering. In Tokyo, there’s a culture of respect for keeping things clean; when buying anything at a local convenience store, you’ll always be given a bag so you can keep any rubbish in one place and then dispose of it neatly when you chance upon a bin, or better yet, when you get home.

Recycling is so revered in Tokyo and Japan as a whole, it’s almost an art – with over 40-different recycling categories to choose from in some cases. Walking and eating is frowned upon, but you’ll definitely want to do both. Grab some street food (yakisoba or takoyaki are good choices) on your way to Mimaru Tokyo Akasaka.

Minsk, Belarus

The park outside the Holy Spirit Cathedral is expertly maintained

Minsk has carved out a reputation for being clean, with the city council touting it as one of many reasons to visit the Belarusian capital. This city still embodies much of the Soviet urbanism it was once known for – that is to say it’s spotless and uncluttered. Take a trip on the Minsk Metro and you’ll pass through stations with gleaming marble uplighters, like at October Square, and perfectly symmetrical halls at Traktarny Zavod station.

Other than a lesson in Minsk’s Soviet past, you’ll notice that every station has a fleet of dedicated cleaning staff. Head beyond the metro and it’s no different; Minsk’s parks are meticulously maintained, and you’ll rarely find locals cutting across the grass for a shortcut. Post stroll, recharge at the centrally-located Minskhouse Apartments 2.

Vienna, Austria

Take in views of the Vienna Opera House as you wander this immaculate city

The City of Music has more than just symphony and song to draws visitors in; its pristine streets bedecked in Baroque architectural details are alluring too. Vienna often ranks as one of the most liveable cities in the world in global surveys, and the cleanliness of its grand and monumental avenues contribute to the rankings. Not many capital cities around the world provide you with the possibility to swim in the city centre, but Vienna does – the Danube canal is so clean that locals flock there in the summer.

Speaking of water, over 95% of Viennese water comes directly from the Alps, so make sure to stop at one of the numerous drinking fountains scattered around the city. For your best chance at taking in the Vienna cityscape and its spotless nature, trundle along in one of Vienna’s trams, before your final stop at Hotel König von Ungarn.

Semarang named cleanest tourist destination in Southeast Asia – National

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Semarang, a Central Java city known for its acculturation of Javanese and Chinese cultures, has been named as the cleanest tourist destination in Southeast Asia.

The ASEAN Clean Tourist City Standard (ACTCS) bestowed the title on Semarang for the year of 2020 to 2022.  

Semarang city secretary Iswar Aminuddin received the award on behalf of Mayor Hendrar Prihadi in Brunei Darussalam on Thursday.

Hendrar said the city owed various parties for the accomplishment, including members of the public.

“Stakeholders, the Semarang administration, members of the public, and the media [played a role],” he said on Sunday on the sidelines of an event in Semarang.

“Everyone has committed to changing Semarang for the better.”

The ACTCS initiative is meant to provide ASEAN member countries with tools that will help improve the quality of tourism in their cities, as well as improving the livelihood of local residents by alleviating poverty, according to the official ASEAN website.

Hendrar went on to say that the administration would remain focused on maintaining the city’s cleanliness through a number of public campaigns such as the Semarang Won’t Litter Movement, which was also expected to reduce plastic waste. Other measures would entail reducing vehicle emissions and increasing the amount of green public spaces (RTH) to more than 30 percent of the region, he said.

Semarang is home to 259 parks and green spaces, both private and public, at the time of writing. Around 29 parks were revitalized in 2018. In addition, the administration also managed three new park projects last year.

Semarang Culture and Tourism Agency head Indriyasari said Semarang was much less polluted than any other city across the province.

“It explains why the number of tourists visiting the city increased to 7.2 million in 2019. I hope the number, as well as the quality of the tourist experience will keep improving this year,” she said, adding that the majority of tourists spent a day or two in the city.

In an effort to improve the quality of the tourist experience, the local administration has announced that 72 tourist events are in the pipeline. Two such events, the Sam Poo Parade (traditional Chinese carnival commemorating the arrival of Admiral Cheng Ho in Semarang) and the Old Town Festival, have been included on the Tourism Ministry’s Calendar of Events this year. (rfa)

11 of 15 cities in Southeast Asia with cleanest air are in Philippines — report

MANILA, Philippines (Update 1, 4:36 p. m.) — Eleven of the cities in Southeast Asia with cleanest air are in the Philippines, with Calamba in Laguna taking the top spot.

This is according to Switzerland-based IQ AirVisual and Greenpeace’s 2018 Air Quality Report, which measured the amount of fine particulate matter known as PM2.5 (µg/m³) in cities in 73 countries.

PM2.5 is a particulate matter (ambient airborne particles), which measures up to 2.5 microns in size and causes a wide range of short and long term health effects. Common sources of PM include combustion as well as through other pollutants reacting in the atmosphere.

The Philippines ranked 48th on the list with an average of 14.6 µg/m³ of PM2.5, classified as “moderate.” The country fared better than its Southeast Asia counterparts such as Singapore, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia.

Bangladesh was the most polluted country last year (97.1 µg/m³ ), while Iceland was the cleanest (5 µg/m³).

The nation’s capital, Manila, ranked 42nd with moderate 14. 3 µg/m³. New Delhi in India (113.5 µg/m³) had the world’s highest recorded air pollution in 2018, while Wellington in New Zealand (6 µg/m³) was the cleanest.

Calamba as the cleanest city in SEA

Calamba led the 11 Philippine cities on the list of cleanest cities in Southeast Asia. It had 9.3 µg/m³ of PM2.5, which is pursuant to the annual mean exposure threshold of the World Health Organization at 10 µg/m³.

Valenzuela City (9.9 µg/m³) and Carmona City (10.9 µg/m³) ranked second and third, respectively.

Other Philippine cities on the list were Parañaque (12.2 µg/m³), Davao (12.2 µg/m³), Makati (13.7 µg/m³), Manila (14.3 µg/m³), Mandaluyong (14.5 µg/m³), Balanga (16.1 µg/m³), Quezon (17.5 µg/m³) and Las Piñas (17.9 µg/m³).

Meanwhile, Jakarta (45.3 µg/m³) and Hanoi (40.8 µg/m³) had the highest recorded air pollution in the region.

Meycauyan (32.4 µg/m³) and Caloocan (31.4 µg/m³) were included on the list of most polluted cities.

“Air pollution steals our livelihoods and our futures, but we can change that. In addition to human lives lost, there’s an estimated global cost of 225 billion dollars in lost labor and trillions in medical costs. This has enormous impacts, on our health and on our wallets,” Yeb Sano, executive director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia, said.

An earlier version of this article erroneously wrote that Bangladesh has 14.1 µg/m³ PM2.5 concentration. This has been corrected.

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Singapore is named one of the best cities in the world – and the cleanest and greenest

Every year Time Out rolls out its annual ranking of the world’s best cities based on the results of the Time Out Index survey. Pandemic or not, 37 cities made it on the 2021 list. The top three spots go to San Francisco, Amsterdam, and Manchester. Tokyo takes the best city in Asia at 10th place, Hong Kong follows behind at number 20, and Singapore sits at 24th position on the list! On top of that, 62 percent of respondents voted Singapore as the greenest city and zero percent listed us as a dirty city – making us the cleanest and greenest city in the world! Surprised?

The results are made possible thanks to 27,000 city-dwellers from all over the world who answered questions about city life, culture, dining and drinking, nightlife, relationships, community, and local neighbourhoods. With your insight, along with other local experts and Time Out editors around the world, the list recognises and celebrates all the things that make each city so great for living, visiting and the future. 

We might be living in some strange times but the past year has seen more Singaporeans appreciative of their surroundings and green spaces so it’s much deserving that we’ve picked up the ‘cleanest and greenest’ accolade. Over the year, we’ve seen you play tourist in our own city and picking up new and interesting hobbies like kayaking and longboarding. We’ve enjoyed sharing our hiking experiences, including exploring abandoned or hidden places and hope that it has encouraged our audiences to put on some good walking shoes and get out there. While 38 percent of the respondents called our city ‘corporate’, let’s be honest – considering how small our island is, it’s a pretty big flex to have both skyscrapers and tropical forests coexist together. 

Check out the full list of best cities here and explore Singapore more with a guide to the best things to do in Singapore.  

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The 8 Most Livable Cities in Southeast Asia

Dateline: Tbilisi, Georgia

Southeast Asia is one of the first places people try out when they start their nomadic lifestyle. It’s cheap, it’s warm, it’s easy to get to, and it’s a lot of fun. But what people often don’t consider is that it’s more than just a short-term place to vacation or run errands.

It’s actually a great place to live.

Following my Trifecta strategy has made me increasingly focused on cities with something more: good service, shopping malls, excellent food, Uber access, ease of settling in — a place that feels like home.

Whether Southeast Asia is just one base in part of your multi-base strategy or a place to settle down and live full time, there are many cities that provide great opportunities for you.

Here at Nomad Capitalist, “go where you’re treated best” is an individual thing. 

The choices you will make about where to base yourself very much depend on the lifestyle you want to lead.

The cities on this list are what I myself and my team would recommend based on factors like foreign accessibility, efficiency, variety of available services, lifestyle options, and travel availability.

Even within my team, we have very different lifestyle preferences and may choose one city over another.

As you read our recommendations, look for how these cities will fit into your nomadic lifestyle.

Let’s start at the top.

8. Bali, Indonesia

The Island of Gods is one of the most popular nomad hotspots in Asia due to its exotic charm, quality of life and a large expat community

Bali is a place I mostly look to for a vacation. 

It’s a major nomad hub, especially for startups and new entrepreneurs. 

And it is a heavenly place for anyone who wants a vegetarian diet and beautiful nature scenery while bouncing between the main hubs in Ubud, Canggu, and Seminyak to surf, work, and enjoy the nightlife. 

This is also a hugely popular destination for interests like yoga retreats, meditation, and health classes.

My remote team was in Bali doing a three-month stay and loved it. (We have written a nomad guide to living in Bali here).  

There are, however, a few things to be aware of in Bali.

For one, there are some stories of credit card scams or duplicates. 

The economy of Bali has long been geared towards tourists, so you need to stay vigilant. 

Also, it can be harder to fly to, but there are options through Singapore and elsewhere for a long and refreshing visit to the big city after being in the jungle or on a beach for a while.

Also, certain connectivity issues can come up. 

Internet connection can be unreliable (definitely buy protectors and power stabilizers) and transport/traffic on the island can be quite congested at times. 

That said, the Balinese culture is generally very welcoming and hospitable and the nomad hubs of Ubud and Seminyak have had a huge influence on SE Asia nomad travels.

7. Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi’s colonial charm make it a refreshing break from the mall-heavy cities like Bangkok.

Hanoi is the cultural capital of Vietnam and a great option for nomads and expats.  

We have written before about the cost of living in Vietnam and how to be part of the emerging economy there.

I think Hanoi is one of the more underrated cities to focus on as a base in SE Asia. 

Hanoi has a colonial charm and excellent cultural scene for nomads who want to be somewhere a little different than the typical mall-heavy cities of Bangkok or Singapore.

One of the interesting things about Hanoi are the tube houses that result from old property tax laws. 

The city has some fascinating zoning laws that result in an interesting array of homes and neighborhoods throughout. 

Both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, and Vietnam in general, are fast-growing cities that reflect the increasing interest in Vietnam as a regional economic powerhouse.

6. Hong Kong

Although not technically part of Southeast Asia, Hong Kong’s beaches, weather, greenery, and big-city culture make it a fantastic location that we simply couldn’t leave off our list.

One of my favorite cities in the world, Hong Kong is a fantastic place to bank or do business (if you can). 

While not always considered part of Southeast Asia, Hong Kong is a truly international city on the South China Sea that defines much of the region.

Hong Kong is an incredibly expensive place to rent an apartment. A long-running real estate bubble has made it among the most expensive places to live. However, even in Central, there is a yin-and-yang about Hong Kong that makes it truly special.

On one corner, well-dressed bankers dine on tony $100 lunches. 

On the opposite corner, local merchants hawk cheap clothing next to food shacks. 

You can get anything you want in Hong Kong; and the slightly gritty, big city nature of it offers up plenty of ways to live abundantly.

Hong Kong offers all the benefits of big city life and the weather is great much of the year. 

Beaches, greenery, and culture (like the Big Buddha) are a short bus ride away.  

And, if some of the world’s best shopping and waterfront views don’t excite you, the world’s largest gambling mecca is a one-hour ferry ride away. 

The strong business culture and low tax rates make it a great city for entrepreneurs. 

As an added bonus, Hong Kong airport is one of the world’s cleanest and most luxurious airports, with non-stop service to almost any civilized place you want to go.

Now, on to our top five!

5. Manila, Philippines

The ‘Pearl of the Orient’ might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but Manila has a lot of advantages for expats and looking for their next Southeast Asian place to base.

The Philippines is a very interesting place with friendly people that, combined with the prevalence of English-speaking locals, makes the city of Manila of great place to start.

With Manila, finding the right part of town is important. 

Areas like Makati and Fort Bonifacio (Manila’s own version of Singapore) offer great shopping.

The Greenbelt Mall in Makati is filled with lush greenery, streams, a duck pond, and even a chapel. 

While not huge on culture, the city has several interesting museums and attractions from its Latin roots.

A one-bedroom apartment in Makati can be extremely affordable; even the most luxurious of buildings have apartments for less than $1,000 a month. 

For the successful businessman, luxury and abundance are always an option. 

There is always the option to buy as well. 

Finally, for Westerners, areas like Makati offer a city within a city with Western-style dining, such as the Filipino equivalent of the Cheesecake Factory.

It won’t be the easiest place to navigate because it’s an island chain and the Manila airport isn’t that great to say the least, making travel around as well as in and out of the region harder than other options on this list.

Manila itself doesn’t score too high as far as efficiency is concerned either. 

It isn’t the cleanest city and everything will tend to run behind, but if you can get past being a little late you’ll eventually blend right in.

If you enjoy beautiful beaches, great people, interesting food, and aren’t so worried about what I’ve mentioned, then Manila could be a great place for you. 

Other people may recommend other cities like Cebu or Davao, but as someone who likes capital cities, I would choose Manila for my global citizen lifestyle over anywhere else in the Philippines. 

4. Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, a vibrant international hub famous for its street food and temples is usually the first city most of the nomads go to when it comes to Southeast Asia.

Now, Bangkok was not always on the list and it’s place on this list changes often. 

I personally don’t get it. 

While many expats coo over Thailand’s largest city, I find it hard to get around, lacking in cultural venues, a bit overpriced at times, and I just don’t get the energy of Bangkok.

I enjoy a city with a little bit slower pace. 

I like to live in places that are more developed than Bangkok so that I have better access to the things I want.

But, I understand on paper why it works for people.

While I wouldn’t live there (and would make the case for my favorite SE Asia city over Bangkok as I did in the video below), it is a good option for some nomads and expats.

Bangkok is a city that can fit a wide variety of pockets.

It’s big, it’s bustling, and it might have everything you need. You can fly anywhere in the region with very little trouble.

If you want to live cheaply, you definitely can — eating street food, living somewhere further from the metro or BTS, etc. There’s even cheap massages.

It’s a great city for making a budget stretch, giving you the chance to do more with your money than you might be able to in other places.

If you are looking for a high-end lifestyle, it is accessible in areas like Silom at sky bars and different gourmet restaurants. 

Moreover, as an international hub, flying in and out of BKK is easy. 

Spending the weekend on the beach is also affordable and easy, making Thailand an ongoing popular option.

When I did this list back in 2013, I left Bangkok off of it, much to the consternation of many viewers who hold the strong belief that Bangkok is the best place to live in Southeast Asia.

Many people love the Thai lifestyle and cultural hospitality.

It’s not a place for me to set up a base, but it’s a functional city where people have a lot of fun.

3. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam may not be a great tourist location, but it’s perfect for expat living.

Ho Chi Minh is one that really punches above its weight, as people say. It has more going for it than you might surmise at first glance.

Ho Chi Minh City is especially popular among location-independent workers who travel with a backpack and a laptop.

After all, there’s a cafe on practically every corner.

Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1 has everything a Westerner could want, from fresh Asian food to expat-run hamburger shacks and sky bar nightlife.

If you’re young and single, District 1 has everything you could be looking for, while other nearby areas can be great for plenty of expats with those of a more traditional, family lifestyle.

The Vietnamese dong is weak, allowing your dollar or euro to go incredibly far in a market that offers very affordable living, developed shopping, fantastic restaurants, and beautiful apartment buildings.

This also makes it a great place for business. Many nomads go there to bootstrap their businesses and get the most for their dollar.

The food is interesting, the culture is great, and you can easily maintain a Western lifestyle there.

It’s just a great place to live.

2. Singapore

Though it is an expensive place to live in Southeast Asia, what Singapore has to offer when it comes to quality of living can be worth the cost for nomads and expats.

Some might find our ranking for the second place city on our list debatable. Because it’s the most developed city on this list, many people may believe that Singapore should come in first.

The place is so amazingly sterile and clean that first-time visitors joke about eating off the ground.

Singapore is tremendously developed and efficient and I love that about it.

You can go from airport, to a car, to the city center in no time. You have access to many of the things that you want. 

Singapore just runs well.

What turns me off about Singapore is the high cost of housing.

Like Hong Kong, Singapore is both a symbol of economic freedom and a rather expensive place to live.

It’s not as expensive as other similar global cities, but it’s also not cheap. Buying a house in Singapore is going to cost quite a bit, creating a very low yield.

While locals can use the country’s Central Provident Fund to help pay for their housing, it is a luxury foreigners don’t really get.

Because of that, me living in Singapore means renting. Which in turn means that, if I want to maintain a quasi-nomadic lifestyle, I’m going to be throwing away a lot of money.

That makes Singapore less interesting to me.

That said, the diverse culture of Singapore and its highly affluent status not only makes it a perfect place for fine shopping but also for a myriad of dining and cultural options provided by the foreign talent that helped build the place. 

While Singapore is rather isolated geographically, you’re not far from great beaches in Indonesia, or even the fake beaches of Singapore’s Sentosa Island. 

I personally think that Singapore can be a great place to store your wealth, and it has quite a bit going for it. But, it just doesn’t compete with what I believe to be the most livable place in Southeast Asia.

1. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is always #1 from Nomad’s perspective when it comes to the most livable cities in all of Southeast Asia.

First place goes to Kuala Lumpur. I’ve been a big fan of this city for a very long time. Kuala Lumpur has it all.

Bar none, it is the most underestimated place for living in the world.

You have many of the elements that make Singapore great, including a sizable English-speaking population.

You have good connectivity to the most important parts of the country with, quite frankly, one of the best airports in the world for getting around.

The regional airline, Malaysia Airlines, is also just really, really affordable.

Beyond that, you have every cuisine known to man, some of the best food in the world that you can share with really nice, friendly people. 

Including its elevation of street food to a highly social (and hygienic) art form.

You lose some of the efficiency of Singapore because of some disjointed infrastructure, but this is more than made up for by the fact that you can buy a relatively nice apartment for a quarter million dollars.

Plus, you can get a residence permit for much cheaper than it would cost you in Singapore.

It’s a more livable lifestyle for the average six- or seven-figure entrepreneur who wants to settle down either full- or part-time.

I rate it as #1 on this list and, while some may disagree, I encourage you to take a visit to this wonderful city and give it a full shot before writing it off. Many who visit find it is a welcome refreshing mix of much of the good of Singapore, Hong Kong, and others in one. 

Conclusion

Based on my livability criteria of foreign accessibility, efficiency, variety of services, lifestyle options, and availability of travel, this is my top eight list.

Other people have different preferences. 

Some people like an even slower pace than I do, preferring rural areas like Davao in the Philippines or Chieng Rai in Thailand.

That’s all fine. To me, those are great places to visit. To spend time relaxing in.

I wouldn’t call them livable in the same way I would refer to cities on my list.

For me, livability is where I can have my global citizen lifestyle and get everything I need anytime I want.

Your needs and preferences may be different, but this list will give you a better idea of where in Southeast Asia you would like to spend your time.

Andrew Henderson is the world’s most sought-after consultant on international tax planning, investment immigration, and global citizenship. He has personally lived this lifestyle for over a decade, and now works with seven- and eight-figure entrepreneurs and investors who want to “go where they’re treated best”.

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In the 15 cleanest cities of Southeast Asia, 11 are from the Philippines – report

It looks like the Philippines is a clean country to live in. In the 2018 World Air Quality Report released by IQAir AirVisual, 11 cities from the Philippines made it to the top 15 cleanest in Southeast Asia.

Calamba (1st), Valenzuela (2nd), Carmona (3rd), Paranaque (5th), Davao (6th), Makati (7th), Manila (8th), Mandaluyong (9th), Balanga (12th), Quezon City (13th), Las Pinas (15th) made it to the list. They are joined by Satun (4th), Narathiwat (11th), and Nan (14th) in Thailand, and Singapore (10th).

According to the report, the source of pollution in Southeast Asia are caused by open burning and vehicular emissions.

The data aggregates and validates real-time data from governments and monitors operated by individuals and organizations. It measures cleanliness by PM2.5, or fine particulate matter. Particulate matter is made up of solid particles and liquid droplets in the air, and is a combination of aerosols, smoke, fumes, dust, ash, and pollen. The particles considered as “fine” are 2.5 microns in diameter and less, and penetrates the respiratory system further than larger particles.

The report adds that pollution contributes to an estimated 7 million premature deaths per year. It represents the world’s 4th leading contributing cause of early deaths, and burdens the global economy with an estimated annual cost of $225 billion (roughly P11.7 trillion).

Globally, the Philippines ranks the 48th most polluted country in the world (out of 73), with a 14.6 level of PM2.5, or moderate. According to the report, moderate means “Sensitive individuals should avoid outdoor activity as they may experience respiratory symptoms.”

Read the report here.

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The 1st Cleanest City in Asia, Penglipuran in Bali

08 Nov Sustainable City: the 1st Cleanest City in Asia, Penglipuran in Bali

Penglipuran is one of the traditional villages in Bali, Indonesia

Based on jointsgdfund. org, a sustainable city is one of the agenda of Sustainable Development Goals or known as SDG that ought to be approached in 2030. This is due to the fact that urban areas are populated by more than half of the world’s population. This will increase by 2050 and is predicted to reach 6.5 billion people or two-thirds of the human population.

This phenomenon leads to many problems that will also cause other problems to appear such as poverty, urban migration, urban spaces, environment, accommodation, slum areas, public transportation, and green spaces. The government will struggle in solving those problems and make it as clear as possible. This is a little bit challenging due to the crucial progress across the multiple goals from Sustainable Development Goals or SDG.

However, there is the cleanest city that avoids those problems above nowadays and keeps sustainable. The city is named Penglipuran and it is located in Bali, Indonesia. Join me to walk around virtually in the 1st cleanest city in Penglipuran!

Characteristics

Penglipuran was categorized as the first cleanest city in Asia and got nobility as one of the three other cities that also received the cleanest city in the world. Penglipuran became famous and prominent after that.

Great Concept of Infrastructure

Penglipuran village is one of the 1st cleanest city traditional village in Asia

Penglipuran is an area that has well-organized infrastructures and buildings. Many traditional and ancient buildings remain and are well-treated until today. People can look it tidy in a row with precision and feel satisfied with it. All of the house yards are clean along with green plants as well as the fresh air. Local flowers also coloured the environment there such as rose, Bougainville,  Hibiscus, and Frangipani flowers.

The building structure is similar from one to another including the roof, door, and gate. Even, the room location and living room are also resemblant. This is due to the philosophy of the house itself, that is “live with nature”. Each of the gates just can be passed by one person or adult. The walls are layered with clay along with Balinese carvings.

Surrounded by Bamboo Trees

A sign indicating the direction to the Bamboo Forest in the traditional village of Penglipuran in Bali

Besides the great infrastructure, this area is surrounded by bamboo trees. Almost 40 percent of the area is surrounded by bamboo trees. The magnificent layout encourages people to take a photo with bamboo trees as the background. In fact, the bamboo trees here received the Kalpataru award from the Indonesian government for protecting and maintaining the bamboo forest.

Besides, bamboo trees also contribute to the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere since bamboo trees change oxygen more than 35 percent into carbon dioxide from the common trees. Bamboo trees do not need chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other chemicals to grow and it can increase the soil quality more flourishing.

Neat and Fresh

The village is neat and fresh

Furthermore, this area is located 700 metres above sea level, as a result, the people still can feel the coolness from the air. This area is open to the public including domestic and non-domestic tourists. To keep the fresh air and the genuineness, the locals prohibited the tourists to come in by using vehicles, thus, all of the people should walk to enjoy the area. In fact, this area is also far away from the city’s uproar.

The tidiness is being done hereditary and leads to the people’s awareness about the environment. Besides, the locals also made several prohibitions to remain the area in a clean condition such as throwing away the trash, draining off the cesspool, and smoking at random. All of the area has trash bins that are made of bamboo.

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90,000 Cleanest cities in the world in 2017 – TOP 10

The problem of environmental pollution has long been on the agenda: scientists from all over the world are sounding the alarm and calling for the necessary measures to be taken to protect nature and the atmosphere. Exhaust gases, tons of garbage, excessive consumption of water and energy resources – all these factors are slowly but surely leading humanity to a global environmental disaster. However, there is good news: today there are many megacities, whose authorities are throwing all their strength into maintaining a healthy environment and developing innovative projects to reduce air pollution.So which city rightfully deserves the title of “cleanest city in the world”?

10.Singapore

The tenth place in our list of the cleanest cities in the world is taken by the city-state of Singapore. This metropolis with unusual futuristic architecture and the largest Ferris wheel on the planet is visited by millions of tourists every year. But despite the large tourist flow, Singapore manages to maintain its cleanliness standards and follow the established requirements. Very often this state is called the “City of Prohibitions”, and there are objective reasons for this.

There are very strict laws in place to ensure a high level of cleanliness, equally applicable to both citizens and foreigners. For example, the police can fine you a lump sum if you throw trash in a public place, spit, smoke, chew gum, or eat on public transport. Fines in such cases start at $ 750 and can amount to thousands of dollars. It’s no surprise that Singapore is among the ten cleanest cities in the world.

9. Curitiba

Curitiba, located in the south of Brazil, is one of the cleanest cities in the world. It is known for its high standard of living and is often referred to in the media as “Brazilian Europe”. One of the most prosperous cities in Brazil, Curitiba is literally buried in greenery and is replete with numerous parks. Thanks to such conditions, it is deservedly ranked among the most environmentally friendly cities in the world.

The symbol of Curitiba has become a huge coniferous tree – araucaria, which grows in the city in large quantities, which has a beneficial effect on its overall ecology.An important role in improving the level of cleanliness in the metropolis, including in local slums, was the program to exchange garbage for food and free travel. This allowed the municipal authorities to save Curitiba from an abundance of cans and cans. Today, more than 70% of urban waste is subject to distribution and recycling.

8. Geneva

As one of the most famous cities in Switzerland, which is often referred to as the capital of the world, Geneva is distinguished by a high level of ecology and safety.It is not surprising that it was included in the list of the cleanest cities in the world: after all, it is here that a group of global companies, the Geneva Environment Network, is developing new mechanisms to protect the environment.

Geneva, famous for its unique architecture and breathtaking natural landscapes, has long won the love of tourists. But despite the high traffic in this city, the level of pollution is at an all-time low. Local authorities closely monitor the cleanliness parameters in urban areas and actively encourage new environmental developments.

7. Vienna

The capital of Austria was recognized by the international consulting company Mercer as the city with the highest standard of living. But how could such a large metropolis with a population of more than 1.7 million people maintain favorable environmental performance? This became possible not only thanks to the efforts of the city authorities, but also due to the responsible position of the residents of the country themselves.

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Vienna is famous for its parks and reserves, and its center and surroundings cannot be imagined without green spaces, which, according to new information, cover 51% of the city’s territory.High water quality, a well-developed sewerage system, excellent environmental performance, as well as effective waste management allowed the Austrian capital to enter the list of the cleanest cities in the world in 2017.

6. Reykjavik

As the capital of one of the cleanest countries in the world, Iceland, Reykjavik has become one of the cleanest cities on the planet. This situation was facilitated by active government measures to green its territory, as well as to minimize carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere. Thanks to these efforts, there is virtually no pollution in Reykjavik.

But the authorities of the Icelandic capital do not intend to stop there and plan to bring it to the first place in the list of the cleanest cities on the planet by 2040. To do this, they decided to completely rebuild the infrastructure of Reykjavik so that all the necessary organizations and institutions are within walking distance, which will reduce the number of motorists. In addition, it is planned to encourage the use of electric vehicles and bicycles, as well as expand the greening of the city.

5. Helsinki

The capital of Finland is located at the equator of our top cleanest cities in the world 2017. Helsinki is a fast-growing city on the shores of the Gulf of Finland, and 30% of the metropolis’s territory is sea surface. Helsinki is renowned for its high quality drinking water, which flows into houses from the largest mountain tunnel. This water is believed to be much cleaner than bottled water.

It is noteworthy that in every district of Helsinki there is a park area with green spaces.To reduce the number of motorists, the city authorities are encouraging cyclists, for whom numerous cycle paths with a total length of more than 1,000 km are equipped. The residents of the capital themselves are very sensitive to environmental issues and make every effort to keep the city’s surroundings clean.

4. Honolulu

It would seem that the very location of the capital of Hawaii, Honolulu, on the shores of the Pacific Ocean is designed to ensure the purity of its air. But it was the policy of the capital’s authorities that allowed the metropolis to become one of the cleanest cities in the world.Since Honolulu has long been considered a tourist destination, beautifying public spaces and sustaining the environment has become a government priority.

Greening of the city, reasonable waste disposal, reduction in the number of industries that pollute the environment, contribute to an increase in environmental performance in the capital. It uses solar and wind energy efficiently to generate clean electricity. And advanced recycling systems have earned Honolul the unofficial title of “garbage-free city.”

3. Copenhagen

The English organization The Economist Intelligence Unit conducted a study of 30 European capitals on the level of environmental indicators, as a result of which Copenhagen was recognized as one of the cleanest cities in Europe. In the capital of Denmark, low rates of accumulation of household waste, economical energy consumption and minimal emission of harmful gases into the atmosphere were recorded. Copenhagen has been awarded the status of the greenest European city more than once.

Copenhagen’s environmental friendliness has also been made possible by a decrease in the number of motorists and an increase in the number of cyclists.In addition, windmills are actively used to generate electricity. A well-functioning waste management system and economical use of water resources have made the capital of Denmark one of the cleanest cities not only in Europe, but throughout the world.

2. Chicago

It is hard to believe that such a large financial and industrial center as Chicago with a population of over 2.7 million could be on the list of the cleanest cities in the world. This is made possible thanks to innovative approaches used by the US government to reduce sources of environmental pollution.

Greening of the city is carried out not only through the expansion of parks, but also thanks to green spaces on the roofs of skyscrapers with a total area of ​​more than 186 thousand square meters. meters. A well-thought-out public transport network also helps to protect the air from pollution, designed to motivate residents to stop using cars and switch to urban vehicles. Chicago certainly deserves the second spot on our list. But which city became the cleanest in the world? The answer is very close!

1.Hamburg

A group of reputable environmentalists named the cleanest city in the world based on the results of their meticulous research. The famous German metropolis Hamburg became it. The city has achieved a high level of environmental performance thanks to its developed public transport network, which makes it possible for its residents to stop using private cars. And due to this, the authorities managed to significantly reduce the emission of harmful gases into the atmosphere.

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In order to develop environmental protection programs, the government annually allocates 25 million euros, part of which is spent on the development of energy saving projects. Hamburg, as the cleanest city in the world, does not intend to lose its position. By 2050, the metropolitan authorities plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere by a record 80%. And in order to achieve such indicators, the government decided to improve the urban infrastructure and further popularize cycling and electric vehicles.

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90,000 8 cities in the world where cleanliness reigns

Created on 17.11.2013 12:21
Author: Eugene

In some cities of the world, neglected houses, worn-out sidewalks and muddy air create a certain charm and the feeling of a sophisticated metropolis. There is another type of cities where one cannot help but be surprised at the impeccable cleanliness around.Perhaps environmentally conscious governance, sound urban planning, or stringent waste disposal legislation played a role in such places. Maybe in their case, cleanliness is part of the local culture. Whatever the reason, such places clearly prove that the concept of “urban” is not always a synonym for the word “dirty”.

Oslo

The streets of the leisurely Norwegian capital are renowned for their cleanliness. But visitors may be puzzled by the complete absence of trash cans in certain parts of the city.This puzzle is easy to solve: many of Oslo’s homes are connected to the city’s automatic waste disposal system. It uses underground pumps and pipes to carry waste to special kilns, where it is incinerated and used to generate energy and heat for the city.
Keeping clean is part of the local culture of the Oslo people. Sometimes a cartoon mascot even appears in the city, reminding people of the need to fight garbage and initiating annual volunteer clean-ups.
Singapore

Singapore’s spotless streets are a reflection of the strictest waste disposal laws and the world’s best public utilities. While Singapore has lost some ground in recent years, littering in a wide variety of forms remains a fine offense. High taxes on car ownership and a streamlined public transportation system mean that the air in the city-state on the islands in Southeast Asia is also very clean.
Perhaps because of its reputation as a clean city, Singapore has been labeled a sterile place with no personality. However, thanks to its friendly population, amazing food, and inimitable art, visitors are sure to find many attractions outside of skyscrapers and shopping malls.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Few North American cities can match Calgary’s environmental initiatives, which comes as a surprise since this metropolis in Alberta was essentially built out of oil factories. Nonetheless, Forbes and consulting firm Mercer praised Calgary’s environmental performance, calling it one of the cleanest in the world, and noting, among many factors, air quality, waste disposal and water treatment.
Significant scientific research to improve recycling and composting efficiency is leading Calgary to an 80 percent reduction in landfill use over the next seven years. In addition, the city has imposed high fines for waste both on roads and sidewalks. Throwing garbage on the ground, you risk paying neither more nor less than $ 1,000. There is also a municipal program that offers free graffiti removal services from commercial and residential buildings.
Copenhagen

While perfectly clean by global standards, Copenhagen has taken additional measures to reduce waste and introduced new recycling schemes that make it easier to find public trash cans and can collection centers. The Danish capital has a high air quality with a vision of zero carbon emissions by 2025. In addition, Copenhagen is already poised to showcase a number of striking environmental features, such as a long-term plan to make the city the most cyclist-friendly in the world.
Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, has been named the continent’s best place to live in the past three years, and has received accolades from the consulting firm Mercer and The Economist magazine for its cleanliness and quality of life. The city’s master plan includes a myriad of parklands and wide avenues lined with trees on both sides. British surveyor and colonist William Light designed Adelaide in 1837 with the goal of creating a city that would be compact and welcoming on the one hand, and many green spaces on the other.
Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington, with an urban population of less than 200,000 (and 500,000 with suburban areas), is not as big as other cities on our list. However, with art galleries, wine bars, striking nightlife and a cosmopolitan aura, the city looks much larger than its true size, comparing to metropolitan areas such as Hong Kong and San Francisco.
The relatively small population and geographic isolation of the New Zealand capital have provided it with naturally clean and fresh air that goes well with the pedestrian center.Add to that the small-town spirit and passion for nature, and it’s easy to see that keeping the streets clean is part of the local culture.
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

The spirit of cleanliness enters the culture of another city – Santa Fe in New Mexico, USA, where art festivals showcases works made exclusively from recycled materials and garbage. The city hosts volunteer clean-ups, and many buildings in major tourist areas, such as the famous shopping district of Santa Fe Plaza, are being kept clean through proactive conservation efforts that have helped the city maintain its ideal appearance despite centuries of existence.
In 2012, the City of Santa Fe was rated by the American Pneumatic Association for the highest air quality in terms of ozone and particulate matter. And all this thanks to the location and legislation of the city. There is no major industrial plant within 320 kilometers of Santa Fe, and New Mexico has some of the most stringent emission laws in the entire United States.
Honolulu

Famous Waikiki Beach and Hawaii’s capital city center manages to remain remarkably clean despite heavy traffic. While some city organizations hold clean-ups every year, the Waikiki Improvement Association has been cleaning the famous beach every quarter.
In addition, Honolulu takes advantage of its location. There is virtually no industrial activity on the islands, thanks to which Hawaii guarantees absolutely clean air to visitors. Pacific winds quickly carry away small emissions from transportation and hotels, and occasional rains help keep the atmosphere amazingly clean.

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90,000 The most environmentally friendly countries to travel in 2020

Every year it becomes more and more important not where we travel, but how. I would like the trips to be full of not only impressions, but also care: in relation to the beautiful places where we go, to the people who live there, and to ourselves.

Collected 20 of the most environmentally friendly countries for holidays in 2020, which inspire to travel in harmony with yourself and the planet. From Africa to Europe, from small islands to megacities – choose where you want to go and read how not to harm the local nature.

Greenest Leisure Destinations

In Asia Bhutan | Singapore

In America Canada | Costa Rica | Ecuador

In Africa Kenya | Tanzania

In Europe Austria | Azores | Denmark | Iceland | Malta | Netherlands | Finland | France | Switzerland | Sweden

In Oceania Australia | New Zealand | Palau

♻️How we chose the most environmentally friendly countries for travel

The list includes countries from all over the world with a favorable environmental situation and a desire for conscious consumption.

We took into account research on the Environmental Performance Index, studied local initiatives to reduce harmful effects on the environment and programs to preserve culture for future generations.

The list is not exhaustive, but all these places carefully preserve their natural resources and inspire a thoughtful attitude to the wonderful world around.

Iceland

Iceland has stunningly beautiful nature and clean air. Most of the country’s energy comes from renewable hydro and geothermal resources, and Reykjavik is well on its way to becoming a carbon-neutral city by 2040 – that is, reducing all emissions to zero.The country proposes to give up plastic bottles and enjoy clean drinking water from the tap. Icelanders also prefer their products to imported ones, so they sell and eat local, seasonal and natural products.

Why go to Iceland

Soak up the hot springs, see the rainbow at the Skogafoss waterfall, visit the shooting locations of Game of Thrones, look at the “father of all geysers” Geysir, take pictures of icebergs, catch the northern lights, meet puffins and live in a fabulous a house with a peat roof.

Top things to do in Iceland

How to travel in Iceland environmentally

Try to avoid eating minke whale meat: the lower the demand among tourists, the less whaling.

Finland

Finland has four dozen national parks with elk, deer, bears, wolverines, flying squirrels, mushrooms and berries, and there are more forests than in any other country in Europe. Renewable sources of solar and wind energy are being actively developed here, by 2030 they want to replace 10% of all cars with electric cars, and by 2050 – to reduce emissions to the atmosphere to zero.Local legislation keenly protects the rarest Saimaa ringed seal, and the Finns also strive for everything local and natural in food, clothing and architecture.

How to travel in Finland environmentally

If possible, choose a bicycle instead of car transport: Finns love nature and have provided all conditions for walking, skiing or biking in cities and nature parks. A great way to explore the country and live Finnish!

Netherlands

There are 32,000 km of bike paths in the Netherlands: this is five times the distance from Moscow to Kamchatka! There are especially many cyclists in Amsterdam – no wonder the city is one of the greenest in Europe. The country has developed a plan to reduce environmental impact and is successfully implementing it: they clean rivers, sort waste and strive to minimize emissions into the atmosphere. Rotterdam, Amsterdam, The Hague and 11 other cities have a green roof program.

Why go to the Netherlands

Ride a bike along the canals in Amsterdam, admire the architecture of The Hague, feed the deer at De Haar Castle, visit the filming locations of Knockin ‘on Heaven, catch a fresh breeze on the beaches of the West Coast, take pictures of the famous mills, find yourself in fairy tale in Efteling Park and taste real Dutch cheese.

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How to travel in the Netherlands in a sustainable way

Follow the Dutch example and cycle in the Netherlands: the country has all the conditions for it! If you rent a car, choose an electric car, in the Netherlands you can even call an electric taxi. When choosing a hotel, pay attention to the presence of the Green Key certificate: it is awarded to hotels and restaurants that strive to reduce the harmful impact on the environment.

Malta

Environmental Performance Index studies have shown excellent air quality and water purity in Malta. Agritourism is well developed in the country: this is when guests of Malta get acquainted with the farming life and spend time in nature. On the island of Gozo, ecology and human influence on the world around them are taught at school. And also in Malta the local population is attracted to work in tourism.

Why go to Malta

Lie on a white beach, find a corner of your personal paradise on the island of Gozo, dive to sunken ships, explore prehistoric temples, hunt ghosts in the walled city of Valletta, eat seafood and learn to dance salsa.

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How to travel in Malta in a sustainable way

Malta has a well-developed train system: a great option for environmentally friendly and interesting travel in this incredibly picturesque country.

New Zealand

Disposable plastic bags are prohibited in New Zealand. The country plans to involve all participants in the tourism industry in conscious consumption and eco-initiatives by 2025, and by 2035 – to reduce air emissions to zero.Thanks to the stunning natural diversity and love of local people for natural products and conscious consumption, “tourism in New Zealand” and “ecotourism” are almost synonymous.

Why go to New Zealand

Visit the hobbits, admire the Milford Sound fjord, marvel at the geysers, meet the kiwi birds in the reserve in Rotorua, touch the Maori culture, go on a wine tour, master surfing and taste the most delicious Pavlov’s cake.

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How to Travel Green New Zealand

Explore the beautiful site and join the Tiaki Promise, a program to preserve New Zealand and Maori culture for future generations.

Bhutane

In small mountainous Bhutan, there are no boutiques and malls, but there is a Ministry of Happiness: the country definitely knows a lot about real values, breathes fresh air and does not allow too many guests to avoid overtourism. Bhutan uses hydropower and minimizes deforestation. This is an agrarian country that does not strive for the development of industry. Most of Bhutan is protected by forests, national parks and reserves.

How to travel in Bhutan environmentally

To avoid an oversupply of tourists, Bhutan has established strict entry rules: you can enter the country only after paying a fee and booking a tour.Read more on the official Bhutan travel site.

Switzerland

Switzerland is one of the cleanest countries in the world in terms of everything from water to air, resource allocation and climate impact, according to the Sustainability Index. In 2018, Switzerland ranked first among the greenest countries on the planet.

Why go to Switzerland

Ride the Glacier Express , buy a branded watch, admire the Rhine Falls, find yourself in the fairy tale of Chillon Castle, enjoy the Alps, visit the UN headquarters, go skiing and taste the world’s best chocolate and cheese.

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How to travel green in Switzerland

When choosing a place to stay, opt for eco-hotels that use safe materials, renewable energy sources and are responsible for the environment. Such hotels are especially popular in the resort of Arosa.

Ecuador

Ecuador is home to many rare animals and the Galapagos Islands are a wildlife paradise.Ecological tourism is actively and comprehensively developed in the country, and in 2008 they even introduced the rights of the surrounding nature, and not only human ones, into the Constitution.

Why go to Ecuador

Admire the colonial architecture of Quito, drink coffee in the cathedral, admire the active volcanoes of Cotopaxi, go on a mountain trek, try rafting, see pink dolphins and huge turtles, hang out with seals, take pictures on a swing at the edge of the world and find the most delicious hot chocolate.

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How to travel in Ecuador environmentally

Choose small excursion groups: it is easier to track the impact on the environment and leave fewer traces after visiting natural places. Check with hotels and travel agencies for the principles of smart consumption: there are many eco-hotels in Ecuador, especially in the Galapagos.

Austria

Austria develops tourism with an ecology in mind.Many hotels are implementing initiatives to reduce their environmental impact, and at Werfenweng, tourists who come by train instead of car receive a free shuttle service and the opportunity to buy a local transport pass for 10 euros. Vienna has repeatedly been recognized as the most comfortable city to live in: the capital has many parks, eco-friendly taxi services, well-equipped bike routes and bike rental stations, and Vienna is also surrounded by many farms where organic products are grown.

Why go to Austria

Visit the homeland of Mozart, go skiing, gaze out over Europe from the height of the Dachstein Bridge, find yourself in a postcard alpine landscape in Hallstatt, take a wine tour, soak up the thermal springs, travel to the knightly past in the armory Styria, have a Viennese coffee with a slice of Sachertorte and a Viennese strudel.

What to see in Austria and what not to miss in Vienna

How to travel in a sustainable way in Austria

Explore the country by bike: Austria has whole themed cycling trails in the emerald alpine meadows.Travel between cities by train, and try to choose local farm products in shops and cafes.

Azores

Tourism in the Azores coexists peacefully with the riot of nature: there are no monstrous 6-star resorts, but there are plenty of cozy houses overlooking the ocean and the starry sky. In the Azores, they prefer natural products from their region, and eco-routes and village retreats are also popular on the islands.

Why go to the Azores

Be alone with nature, meet whales, admire Seti Cidadis and Lagoa do Fogo lakes, visit a tea plantation, swim in the ocean, relax in a thermal spring, walk along a beach with black volcanic sand , enjoy excellent wine, cheese and dessert paste .

Azores: the perfect journey to fall in love with nature

How to travel the Azores environmentally

Try to choose local products: it takes a lot of resources to deliver goods to the island. For example, the Azores greenhouse pineapples are wonderful!

France

France leads the biodiversity category in terms of environmental performance. The country aims to close all coal-fired power plants and radically reduce its dependence on nuclear power.Supermarkets around the country don’t throw away expired food, but donate it to charity. All over France, a ban is introduced on disposable picnic utensils, an eco-friendly water taxi Sea Bubbles runs along the Seine, and the cultural center La REcyclerie teaches eco-activism in everyday life: how easy it is to fix a thing instead of buying a new one or something delicious can be prepared from seasonal products.

Why go to France

Have a picnic (with reusable dishes or without packaging and tools at all!) Near the Eiffel Tower, take pictures in the lavender fields of Provence, relax on the Côte d’Azur, visit the capital of Christmas, go skiing in the Alps, explore all the castles , shop, sip champagne in Champagne and sip cappuccino and croissant on the morning streets of Paris.

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How to travel green in France

One of France’s current goals is to reduce the number of cars. Join the locals and explore the cities by bike: take a look at bike excursions, for example.

Australia

Australia is systematically switching to renewable natural sources of energy, as well as developing new ones.The country is committed to reducing its carbon footprint. Brisbane hosts Save The World Expo, a major eco-awareness exhibition, Canberra plans to completely cut emissions and switch to renewable energy by 2045, and Bundanoon has an experiment to phase out bottled water.

Why go to Australia

Surf the waves, go on a night tour of Port Arthur Prison, visit the Pinnacles Desert, see prehistoric drawings on Ubirr Rock, listen to the opera in Sydney (or at least photograph the theater building), appreciate the beauty of the Bolshoi Barrier Reef, breathe in eucalyptus in the Blue Mountains, pet kangaroos, hipster coffee in Melbourne and taste some cool Australian wine.

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How to travel in Australia in a sustainable way

More and more travel businesses in Australia are moving away from animal exploitation (such as elephant trekking) and replacing disposable items in hotels with reusable ones (such as soap and shampoo containers). Supporting such initiatives means contributing to the environment in a comfortable vacation mode. Go eco-friendly and learn more about local initiatives: for example, Canberra hosts “car-free days” and strives to reduce waste.

Tanzania

Since June 1, 2019, Tanzania has banned the import and use of disposable plastic bags. Chumba Island is known for its ecological innovations for the preservation of coral reefs. It is forbidden to dive or fish in the protected area, but you can explore eco-routes and live in a lodge, which is maintained from renewable energy sources and meets the principles of minimum environmental impact.

Why go to Tanzania

See the great migration of animals, live in glamping, dive with sharks, get to know the Maasai tribe, conquer Kilimanjaro, soak up Zanzibar, look at Freddie Mercury’s house and buy painted scarves and fragrant shawls.

10 reasons to relax in Tanzania

How to travel in Tanzania environmentally

Try to keep the traces of your ascent of Kilimanjaro only bright frames on Instagram, and not candy wrappers from “Snickers” on the slopes. Do not use single-use bags and try to contact travel agencies that support the local population and give them jobs on fair terms.

Palau

Republic of Palau – the same tropical paradise from the postcard.On the islands in the Pacific Ocean, among the picturesque waters, forests are green, idyllic beaches stretch and life is in full swing: there are amazing lakes full of mysterious jellyfish. Ecotourism is developed in Palau, there are programs for the protection of sharks, and they also protect coral reefs and prohibit fishing on them.

How to Travel Palau Sustainably

Guests of Palau are introduced to simple rules of conduct to ensure that their vacation is enjoyable and does not disturb the ecosystem. Just follow them and enjoy your vacation without harm to nature!

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the pioneers in terms of eco-initiatives. By 2021, the country intends to reduce its emissions to the atmosphere to zero, and already now almost all electricity in Costa Rica is obtained from renewable water and wind resources. The government is working to make the production of the country’s important export, coffee, more environmentally friendly. The country has managed to half its forest area, Costa Rica plans to ban single-use plastic, and airlines have made minimizing emissions a top priority even before it became mainstream.

Why Go to Costa Rica

Watch sea turtles lay eggs, meet macaws, visit Indian reservations, see rainforests, try diving and surfing, and eat ripe fruit.

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How to travel in Costa Rica environmentally

Costa Rica hotels undergo special certification and receive from 1 to 5 green leaves, depending on the degree of eco-awareness.Make sure that staying in a “five-leaf” hotel is as great as a five-star one!

Denmark

When it comes to ecology, Scandinavia is ahead of the rest. Copenhagen has long found it easier to get stuck in traffic by bike than by car – no wonder the Eco-Performance Index has confirmed the country’s superior air quality. The same can be said about the water: where else would you dare to swim in the port in the middle of the city? Eco-conscious in Denmark is fashionable, and leading Scandinavian designers are reinforcing the trend with rational choice of materials and an environmentally friendly approach to work organization.

Why go to Denmark

Stumble upon a royal personage on the subway, ride a bike all over Copenhagen, see how Lego is made, fly a kite on Faneo, visit Hamlet’s castle and Andersen’s homeland, immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the Viking times in the Faroe Islands islands, taste the world’s best cinnamon rolls and unravel the secret of hygge .

A trip that will make you fall in love with Denmark

How to Travel Sustainably in Denmark

Get on your bike, choose seasonal products without disposable packaging and take your time – in short, follow the example of the locals!

Sweden

If you believe the popular books about the Swedish national character, in Sweden everything should be “lag” – that is, in moderation. Swedes take from nature exactly as much as they need, remember about balance and take care of themselves and the world around them. They get half of all energy in the country from renewable sources, and by 2040, Stockholm hopes to completely eliminate fossil fuels. Sweden has an excellent sustainability index, especially in terms of air cleanliness and absence of heavy metal pollution. Greta Thunberg has something to be inspired by!

Why go to Sweden

Take a walk in bright postcard Stockholm, visit Carlson, go on an excursion to the Volvo factory, rush through an underwater tunnel, live in an ice hotel, travel through fairytale castles, arrange a Swedish vacation on the islands, get to know the Sami and legally arrange fik a hundred times a day.

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How to Travel in Sweden Sustainably

There are projects in Sweden developing mindful exploration of the country: Nature’s Best Sweden has ideas for eco-routes and activities, and 360 Eat Guide has restaurants that follow the principles of mindful consumption.

Kenya

Kenya has a strict ban on the use of plastic bags.The government is developing programs for the local semi-nomadic indigenous Maasai people, in which Aboriginal people work as rangers in national nature parks.

Why go to Kenya

Admire the elephants against the backdrop of Kilimanjaro, share breakfast with giraffes, ride a bike with zebras, take a boat cruise on Lamu, watch lions hunt, lie on the beach in Mombasa and befriend the Masai.

Good reasons to go to Kenya

How to travel in Kenya environmentally

Choose your safari organizer carefully: you should trust reputable companies with a long history in the market, caring about the preservation of the environment and ethical treatment of animals and indigenous people.

Singapore

If Singapore is the city of the future, our prospects look bright. In the greenest city-state in Asia, plants and skyscrapers are skillfully intertwined, Supertrees are erected, roof gardens are watered with rainwater and are not stingy with space for spacious parks. The country has a limit on the number of cars on the road, and by 2030 Singapore plans to make 80% of all its buildings environmentally friendly.

How to travel in Singapore environmentally

Try to buy seasonal products and choose cafes without disposable tableware: there are even budget food courts near the metro.

Canada

Canada is taking measures against capturing and keeping whales and dolphins under control and taking control of the amount of plastic: striving to reduce the amount of garbage and obliging companies to be responsible for plastic waste. Protected areas have appeared where deep-sea drilling is prohibited. The Province of British Columbia is going to completely abandon gasoline transport by 2040, and there is an increasing demand for ecology-related professions and organic products.

Why go to Canada

See polar bears in Churchill, admire the architecture of Quebec, catch the northern lights, walk along the edge of the legendary tower in Toronto, get stunned by the beauty of Banff National Park, get wet under Niagara Falls, fall in love with kayaking, try what is putin 90,071 to taste, and buy maple syrup for souvenirs.

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How to travel in Canada environmentally

Traveling across vast Canada by train is a meditative and picturesque adventure: while driving from Toronto to Vancouver, practically from ocean to ocean, you will certainly have time to admire the scenery and think about the fate of the world.But who said that for a deep acquaintance with the country, you must definitely hurry?

Simple tips on how to travel without compromising nature and your comfort

  1. Bring your own reusable coffee mug and your own water bottle: they can be poured into them with peace of mind, even on the plane. These mugs are foldable: they will fit even if you are traveling only with hand luggage!
  2. Put a compact fabric shopping bag with you in your suitcase: it is convenient to go to the store with it instead of a bag, and it is also a cool option for essential personal trifles and snacks that you take with you.
  3. Choose Eco-flights on Skyscanner. Where possible, prefer trains over planes and bicycles and walking over cars.
  4. Try to cook at home or eat in independent eco-cafes rather than take away food from chain restaurants. And get more pleasure, and avoid plastic devices with packaging.
  5. Choose seasonal local food: this way you support local farmers, you will not reward the consumption of resources for imports, and you will surely get a quality fresh product.
  6. Test Companies for Environmental Awareness: There are more and more quality service companies in the tourism business that, in addition to customers and profits, care about the nature and well-being of local communities.
  7. Choose practical souvenirs that will surely last for a long time.
  8. Have fun, explore the world with love and don’t blame yourself or others for being imperfect. At the end of the day, this is all just a great and exciting journey.

In 2019, Skyscanner joined the Travalyst project to preserve popular tourist destinations and natural resources.

To travel with care of the planet, choose eco-flights in the app and on the Skyscanner website. These flights emit less CO2, which means they are less harmful to the environment.

90,000 Best Cities to Live in: Which City to Choose to Live in?

We will tell you which countries are chosen for the sake of a high standard of living, safety, new business opportunities or the future of children.

Experts assessed cities according to 6 categories of parameters:

  1. Location: safety, attractions, the number of sunny days per year and the number of coronavirus cases.
  2. Infrastructure: interesting places and museums, where you can fly from airports, how prestigious universities are located in the city.
  3. People: 90,092 percent of residents with higher education, accessibility for immigration.
  4. Prosperity: Equity in income distribution, unemployment rate, gross urban product, Fortune 500 headquarters.
  5. Cultural life: 90,092 events, nightclubs, restaurants, shopping opportunities.
  6. Promotion: 90,092 the number of queries in search engines, reviews on sites for tourists and hashtags in social networks.

London, New York and Paris, which are popular with tourists, are in the top three. The top-10 includes cities in Europe, Asia and the United States.

Top 10 cities in the world in 2021

Tokyo, Japan

London, UK
New York, USA
Paris, France
Moscow, Russia

61
Dubai, UAE
Singapore
Barcelona, ​​Spain
Los Angeles, USA
Spain
Spain these cities were highly appreciated by several parameters at once. For example, the leaders of the rating – London and New York – are popular with tourists and offer many opportunities for entertainment. And Madrid was awarded high scores for cultural life, attractions and warm climate. See the full list of contributors on the Resonance Consultancy website.

The best cities with a loyal attitude towards visitors

Moving to the best cities to live can be difficult due to the migration policies of the countries. To obtain a residence permit, in most cases, you need to have a good reason: for example, to receive an invitation to work in the country or to marry a citizen of the country.

Several countries offer visas, residence permits or citizenship to investors. To take part in the investment program, applicants invest a certain amount in the development of the economy of the selected state: they make a subsidy, open a business, buy real estate.

Investment programs operate in Portugal, Greece, Spain and Malta. In the United States, you can get a visa by investment. In Austria and Switzerland, cosmopolitans receive a residence permit for financially independent persons: you can live with it in the country, but you cannot work and do business.

Of the top 10 cities for living, only four are available for relocation under the investment program: New York, Los Angeles, Madrid and Barcelona. We have selected a few more cities in countries where cosmopolitans can obtain a residence permit or a visa for investment. We will tell you where it is comfortable to live, relax and do business, and where it is profitable to buy real estate.

Compare citizenship and residence permit investment programs

The cleanest and most comfortable city

Vienna, the capital of Austria , ranked 32nd in the ranking of the best cities.It has largely retained its historical appearance: the townspeople cherish the old buildings. Vienna is also famous for coffee shops, cultural events, museums and universities.

Vienna ranked first in the ranking of cities with the best environment. There are many parks here, and locals prefer public transport to private cars.

Vienna consistently ranks first in the ratings of the best cities to live in. In 2018 and 2019, it was named the best by The Economist’s The Global Liveability Index.And from 2010 to 2019, she got the first place in the rating of the quality of life in cities, which is made by Mercer.

Austria offers wealthy people to obtain a residence permit for financially independent persons. No investment is required, but it must be confirmed that the applicant and his family have enough money to live in the country. This program was created specifically for those who want to move: according to its terms, in Austria you need to spend at least 183 days a year.

Stephansplatz, Vienna

Best city in terms of quality of life

Zurich, financial capital of Switzerland, ranked 36th.The city is good for life, work and business.

Zurich is a well-kept and safe city. There is a high standard of living, few unemployed. It also houses the offices of several companies from the Global Fortune 500: for example, Migros, Credit Swiss, UBS Group AG.

Switzerland, like Austria, offers a residence permit for financially independent persons. To obtain and maintain status, you must pay a lump sum tax annually. It is 450,000 ₣. Also, according to the rules, residents spend in Switzerland at least 183 days a year.

Münsterhof Square, Zurich

Best Cities for Doing Business

In 2020, Startup Genome presented the Global Startup Ecosystem 2020 report, which lists the best cities in the world for startups. The first three positions are occupied by San Francisco, New York and London.

San Francisco tops the rankings with the famous Silicon Valley, a region that is home to many high-tech companies.

In the ranking of the best cities in the world, San Francisco is in 14th place.Experts praised the city’s educational opportunities and economy. Also, many educated people and migrants live here, so the city has a rather high cultural level, and it is easier for newcomers to integrate into society.

Tram on one of the streets of San Francisco

New York ranked second in the ranking of the best cities to live. It was recognized as the first in terms of cultural life and the second in terms of promotion and popularity among tourists. There are also many opportunities for work and business: the city was ranked fourth in terms of the number of offices in the Global Fortune 500.

Empire State Building, New York

USA offers investors two types of visas. EB5 is a passive investor visa: you need to invest from $ 900,000 in an American company, and it is not necessary to take part in its work. The E2 visa involves opening your own business in the country. The investment amount has not been determined, but usually it ranges from $ 100,000.

Russians can only get EB5 visa. This option is not suitable for everyone because of the high amount of investment and a long wait – it will be possible to move only in one and a half to two years.

To obtain an E2 visa, you must be a citizen of a country that has signed an agreement with the United States. For example, Grenada is a state in the Caribbean. There you can get a passport for investments in the economy from $ 150,000.

How the E2 visa differs from the EB5 visa

To obtain citizenship of Grenada and an E2 visa in the United States, an investor needs to invest at least $ 250,000. Applicants receive a second passport in 4-6 months. It takes 2 to 5 months to get a visa. It turns out faster and cheaper than the EB5 visa.

London is the first in the ranking of the best cities to live in. It was ranked first in popularity with tourists and second in cultural life.

London is renowned for its high standard of living and business opportunities. This is one of the business capitals of the world: the city ranks fifth in terms of the number of offices of companies from the Global Fortune 500.

Also, London became the second in terms of infrastructure development: famous museums, parks and universities are located here. This makes it one of the most comfortable cities to live in.

Great Britain issues a special Investor Visa to wealthy foreigners who invest from £ 2 million in the country’s business. The visa is issued for three years. It allows you to live, do business and study in the country.

In 2020, 216 investors and 375 members of their families received an investor visa. The result was 40% lower than in 2019. At the same time, the percentage of refusals according to the statements of investors has doubled. But Russians were not stopped by the crisis and closed borders.

City of London

Best city for recreation

Lisbon, capital of neighboring Portugal, took 53rd place in the ranking.It is a warm and sunny resort town. Safe as well: Portugal has a low crime rate and the locals are tourist-friendly.

Portugal was recognized as the best holiday destination in Europe in 2020. She has collected awards in 26 World Travel Awards nominations. The experts noted not only Lisbon, but also other resorts: Porto, the Algarve region, Madeira and the Azores. Moving to Portugal is suitable for those who choose a place to live by the sea.

In order to settle in Portugal, cosmopolitans receive a residence permit by investment.The most popular option is the purchase of new real estate in the amount of € 500,000 or more: you can immediately buy a house or apartment for yourself and your family in order to move. But there are other options as well. The minimum investment for the program is € 250,000.

Plaza Commerce, Lisbon

Best City to Buy Real Estate

Barcelona ranked eighth in the top 100 cities in the world. It is popular with tourists: the city has many beaches, parks and attractions. And also the sun: the sky is not overcast for about 260 days a year.

Barcelona is regularly ranked in the top 10 most beautiful places to live. In 2019, travel site Flight Network ranked the city 6th out of 50 in a similar ranking.

The coronavirus pandemic has hit the Spanish property market hard. Housing discounts reach up to 30%, and more and more ads with urgent sale stamps appear. At the end of 2020, the average cost per square meter in the country was 1391 €. In the summer of the same year, prices were € 1,730 per square meter.

Property prices will recover when borders open and tourists return. Investors will be able to make money on the rental and sale of objects or choose an advantageous offer for themselves.

To move to Barcelona, ​​you can take part in the Spanish residence by investment program. Cosmopolitans invest from € 500,000. One of the options is buying real estate.

Barcelona, ​​Spain

City with high potential

Athens is ranked 29th in the ranking of the best cities for life and business.The rating compilers praised the city’s attractions, museums and nightlife.

Athens has a low cost of living compared to other European countries. According to the site Numbeo, daily expenses there are 46% higher than in Moscow. The similar figure for Barcelona is 60%, and for Vienna – 71%.

Athens is a pleasant place to live because of the warm climate and proximity to the Aegean Sea. The hottest month is July: the average daytime temperature is +32.5 ℃. In August, the sea water warms up to +26.7 ℃.It is also sunny in the city: there are about 250 clear days a year.

The Greek government is implementing economic reforms aimed at sustainable development and fighting corruption. The efforts were assessed by the Moody’s agency: at the end of 2020, the country’s credit rating was raised to Ba3. And the European Commission predicts Greece’s GDP growth of 5% in 2021. The recovery of the country’s economy leads to an increase in the potential of the capital.

Greece issues a residence permit for investment. The minimum investment amount is 250,000 €.Applicants buy real estate, rent hotels or apartments in tourist complexes.

Athens, Greece

The best cities to live in Europe and the USA

Each city is suitable for a specific purpose: for example, to live in a warm place by the sea, to open a new branch of the company, to provide children with a quality education.

It also happens in a different way: the city is chosen for love. We saw it once and wanted to walk along the embankment as often as possible, admire the architecture or drink coffee in that very cafe.Both methods are good in their own way.

When the city is selected, it remains to determine the path to move. In some countries, resident status can be obtained by investing. This method is good because you do not have to look for a weighty reason to move – for example, look for a job and receive an invitation from an employer.

Cities for relocation under the investment program

City, country Advantages Status for investments for relocation
Athens, Greece Warm climate, sea, relatively low cost of living, high potential cities Residence permit in Greece:
investments from 250,000 €,
3 months to obtain the status
Barcelona, ​​
Spain
Warm climate, beaches, attractions Residence permit in Spain:
investments from € 500,000,
2-3 ​​months to receive
Lisbon,
Portugal
Warm climate, beaches, low crime rate, close to the best resorts in Europe Residence permit in Portugal:
investments from 250,000 € ,
6 months to receive
London,
UK 905 62

Cultural life, business opportunities, quality education and healthcare No relocation opportunities under investment programs

Visa-free travel for 6 months for citizens of Vanuatu Caribbean and Maltese countries

New York,
USA
Cultural life, business opportunities, quality education and medicine Citizenship of Grenada and E2 visa in the USA:
investments from $ 250,000,
6-11 months to obtain both statuses
Zurich,
Switzerland
Security, high standard of living, business opportunities, quality education Residence permit in Switzerland:
annual tax from 450,000 ₣,
6 months to receive
San Francisco,
USA
Opportunities for innovative start-ups, quality education , high standard of living Citizenship of Grenada and visa E2 in the USA:
investments from $ 250,000,
6-11 months to obtain both statuses

Immigrant Invest lawyers help cosmopolitans to obtain residence permits and citizenship by investment. Contact us to find the right software for your needs.

Frequently asked questions

How to choose a city for living in Europe?

When choosing a city for moving, there are at least 6 factors to consider. For example:

  • how immigrants are treated in the city;
  • how much is housing, utilities, internet;
  • what is the crime rate in the city;
  • are there international schools, universities in the city;
  • Is public transport developed in the city, is it convenient to use it;
  • what kind of ecology and climate in the city, if there are parks and recreation areas.

We talked about these and other criteria in the article “Best cities for life: which city to choose for living.”

Which cities in Europe have the best climate for life, leisure and business?

London, Vienna, Geneva, Lisbon and Athens are traditionally among the best cities to live in Europe.

Features of the best European cities:

  1. London attracts entrepreneurs from all over the world: the city rightfully bears the title of “business capital of Europe”. At the same time, London is distinguished by good ecology – there are many parks and recreation areas in the city. Most of the parks are the legacy of the aristocratic residences located in the city.
  2. Vienna and Geneva are considered multicultural cities with a loyal attitude towards migrants.
  3. Lisbon is a large port city with a wonderful climate, where the sun shines for about 2,700 hours a year. The historical center of the city is rich in medieval sights.
  4. The Greek capital Athens attracts tourists with its architectural monuments and tax incentives for new residents.

What status do you need to get to live in the best cities of the European Union?

Those wishing to move to any of the EU countries need to obtain a residence permit – temporary or permanent. As a confirmation of the status, the resident is issued a residence permit or permanent residence card.

Temporary residence permit (residence permit) has a limited period of validity, usually 1 or 2 years. Therefore, a resident needs to regularly confirm his status and re-issue a residence permit card.

A permanent residence permit (permanent residence) can be issued only after a residence permit. To do this, you need to continuously live in the country for at least 5 years. The exception is Malta’s permanent residence by investment program. The countries of the European Union also issue a permanent residence card for a certain period. For example, a permanent residence card issued under the Malta investment program is renewed every 5 years.

You can read about the difference between these statuses in our article.

How much and what do you need to invest in to get a residence permit or permanent residence in the EU?

Several EU countries provide residence permits in exchange for investments.At the same time, each country decides for itself what and in what volume should be invested.

Residence permit in Portugal can be obtained by purchasing real estate, investing in a business, creating a deposit in a Portuguese bank, sponsoring research or cultural projects. The minimum investment amount for the program is € 250,000.

Residence permit in Greece is issued to investors if they buy or rent real estate for a total amount of € 250,000. At the same time, the investor has a wide choice: you can buy one or several objects, rent apartments in a tourist complex, purchase a plot of land for construction, and even rent a hotel.

Residence permit in Malta does not provide a choice of options. To obtain resident status, an investor must fulfill 3 conditions: buy or rent a house on the island, pay a fee and pay annual tax on global income. The amount of investments under all conditions will be from 220,000 €.

Malta’s permanent residency program also requires the fulfillment of several conditions. An investor needs to buy government bonds, purchase or rent a house, pay a fee and confirm an annual income of € 100,000 or the presence of € 500,000 in assets.

How quickly can you get a residence permit or permanent residence for investment under the programs of the EU countries?

The practice of Immigrant Invest shows that it takes up to 6 months to obtain a residence permit or permanent residence for investment. 70% of this time, the program department checks the investor for reliability – carries out the Due Diligence procedure.

Immigrant Invest has its own compliance department, which conducts a preliminary due diligence check. This allows lawyers to prepare a comprehensive package of documents for participation in the program.As a result, the investor receives the status on time and without additional requests from the program department.

Why can an investor be denied a residence permit or permanent residence for investment?

The program department may refuse the investor for several reasons:

  • the applicant has a criminal record, for example in the field of financial crimes;
  • have illegal sources of income;
  • the investor is mentioned in the sanctions lists, the activities of his companies are associated with prohibited organizations;
  • the investor has been denied a visa, residence permit or citizenship in countries with which the state of application has a visa-free regime agreement.

Preliminary due diligence from Immigrant Invest allows you to choose the right program and reduce the risk of rejection by up to 1%.

The dirtiest cities in the world – Gazeta.Ru

Gazeta.Ru has compiled its rating of the dirtiest cities in the world.

On April 9, 1699, 315 years ago, Peter I issued a decree “On the observation of cleanliness in Moscow and on punishment for throwing litter and all kinds of droppings on the streets and lanes.” The document ordered not to throw garbage on the streets, to keep the courtyards and pavements clean, and to take all the waste away outside the city and fill it with earth.Violators were offered to be fined and flogged. Gazeta.Ru found out which cities of the world would be nice to clean today.

Hazaribagh, Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, in addition to factories that sew almost all of our clothes, there are several hundred specialized tanneries. About 90% of these industries are located in , the city of Khazaribagh .

Hexavalent chromium solution is used for leather treatment. Every day, 22 thous.l of this substance: it is very dangerous and can cause cancer. In addition, local tanneries burn mountains of scrap and waste every day, which also does not add to the environmental friendliness of the city.

Norilsk, Russia

Norilsk is one of the world’s largest non-ferrous metallurgy centers. And the dirtiest. It releases 500 tons of copper, nickel oxides, and 2 million tons of sulfur dioxide into the air annually. Even if you do not know what sulfur dioxide is, it is intuitively clear that it should not be in the air.

Catastrophic pollution of soil and water, extinction of vegetation lead to dire consequences : people in Norilsk live on average ten years less than the inhabitants of other regions of Russia.

Accra, Ghana

We actively use electronic devices, but we never think about where a broken and outdated TV, mobile phone or microwave goes. And they can easily move from the nearest garbage dump to Africa, or rather, to Accra, the capital of Ghana.There is an entire sub-district there, representing one of the largest e-waste dumps in the world.

Ghana annually imports 215 thousand tons of e-waste from abroad, mainly from Western Europe, while maintaining its own – 129 thousand tons per year. Some of the waste is recycled at local electrical appliance recovery companies. But most of the garbage (and this is mainly plastic and metals harmful to the body) is burned.

Beijing, China

Last year, the Chinese media themselves gave the capital of the Celestial Empire the second place in terms of air pollution (in the first place in this sad rating – the city of Lianzhou), although the local Greenpeace put Beijing only in 13th place in .But no matter what position the city occupies in various ratings of dirty cities, this ancient beautiful capital is still included in them.

However, how beautiful Beijing is, it is more and more difficult to see: a veil of yellow suffocating smog is an integral part of the local landscape. Blue sky and bright sun are rare here and a real holiday.

Kabwe, Zambia

Kabwe, the second largest city in Zambia, is located 150 km from the capital of this African country, Lusaka. At the beginning of the 20th century, lead deposits were discovered here.This fortunate economic circumstance for the region has brought mining companies here, which for 90 years have been working without a break and polluting the air, land, and water for many kilometers around with lead dust. As a result, lead in the blood of local residents is ten times more than than the average on the planet.

Cairo, Egypt

Cairo is considered one of the most unfavorable cities in the world in terms of air pollution. The Egyptian slums, or the city of scavengers, is the name of the Zaballin poor quarter on the outskirts of Cairo, at the foot of Mount Mukattam.Zaballins are manually collected, sorted, used and prepared for recycling.

On the first floors of two-three-storey brick houses with unfinished roofs there are large rooms for sorting and packing waste; the upper floors are residential. All streets, stairwells of houses and even roofs are littered with debris. The stench is everywhere. Some of the garbage, such as plastic waste, is burned in an open way. Sorting is mainly carried out by women and children, men specialize in export.

They sell fruit right there, bake flat cakes, keep shops and cafes, smoke hookah, give birth to children … Children play in the middle of garbage heaps.In general, Copts live a normal life from generation to generation, while Eastern Cairo has been declared an ecological disaster zone.

New Delhi, India

The capital of India, New Delhi, is ranked 9th in the list of the most polluted cities in India and 53rd in the world list. This is understandable. The number of cars, for example, in Delhi is more than in other megacities of the country – more than 8.1 million.

A significant part of sewage is discharged into the Jamnu River without treatment.Slum dwellers burn garbage in the open air. About 50% of the population lives in unsanitary conditions. According to the Harvard study , two in five Delhi people suffer from respiratory problems.

In addition to New Delhi, the top three dirtiest Indian cities are industrially developed Lucknow (first place, pollution index – 111.49), Mumbai, the economic and business center of the country (second place with pollution index 96.43) and Kolkata – a city, which is famous not only for its fish, sweets, art and culture (third place, pollution index – 94.20).Dirt, in a sense, also adds fame to the city – adjusted for its image.

Chernobyl, Ukraine

After the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986, an area of ​​about 150 thousand square meters was in the disaster zone. km. To this day, the exclusion zone around the exploded station remains practically uninhabited, and the large centers of the Chernobyl and Pripyat areas have long become ghost towns.

According to researchers, the consequences of the accident continue to affect the lives of millions of people and 90,157 from 5 million to 10 million people are at risk of diseases 90,158 in Ukraine, Moldova, Russia and Belarus.

Karabash, Russia

Karabash (Chelyabinsk region) is famous for its copper-smelting plant and harsh environmental conditions. In 1996, the city, which is now home to about 15 thousand people, and the surrounding area were declared an ecological disaster zone. Karabash was excluded from the list of the most polluted cities on the planet only in 2009.

By the time began the active modernization of the plant and, in particular, the treatment facilities, which is still ongoing, the vegetation in the city practically died out, and the landscapes of the surroundings began to resemble those of the Martian: scorched earth, tons of slag, cracks and craters in the ground, orange soil, acid rain.The Sak-Elga river turned into a yellowish-muddy stream.

Copper in Karabash began to be mined at the beginning of the 20th century. Copper production is one of the most harmful in the world, derivatives of lead, sulfur, arsenic and copper itself get into the air.

La Oroya, Peru

The mining town of La Oroya, located in the foothills of the Andes, is called the Peruvian Chernobyl. It was ranked in the top 10 most polluted cities on the planet in 2007. At the beginning of the 20th century, the Americans built here mines and plants for the extraction and processing of lead, zinc and copper.The city has 35 thousand inhabitants, most of whom suffer from serious illnesses.

Blood lead levels in 99% of local children are three times the legal limit. The infant mortality rate is one of the highest in the world. The vegetation in the vicinity of the city has disappeared, the land is scorched, and the locals have long been accustomed to acid rain.

90,000 The cleanest city in China

Over 4 months of this year, more than 716 thousand Russian tourists visited China – and this is more than 29% more than the same indicator of last year.This important indicator was announced last Thursday at the presentation of the tourism opportunities of the city of Weihai, where our compatriots also occasionally rest.

Small by Chinese standards (and it is home to “only” 8 million people), Weihai city is located on the eastern tip of the Shandong Peninsula, which is geographically part of Shandong province. The Chinese claim that it is from the small island of Liugundao, located not far from Weihai, that the sunrise begins over the entire Celestial Empire.And here is the End of the World – this is how in the Middle Ages the Chinese called the last inch of their land, behind which were the countries of the barbarians.

The peninsula, like the city itself, is washed by the Yellow Sea, in which numerous local tourists like to swim and not very numerous foreign tourists, among whom Russians rank second in the number of arrivals (after South Koreans). Last year, according to the statement of Jiang Wen-Yi , deputy director of the Weihai City Tourism Development Committee, the city was visited by 27 thousand Russian tourists, which is 6% more than in 2015.The plans for this year are to host 30 thousand Russians, mainly residents of the Far East.

Several years ago, Yakutia Airlines organized several charter flights from Khabarovsk. The Chinese would like to resume these flights, and possibly establish regular flights between any Russian city and Weihai. In the meantime, residents of the Far East can get to the resort town by train (in two days), and residents of the central regions of Russia have recently had the opportunity to get to Weihai by train from Qingdao, another provincial city, where Chinese airline Beijing Capital Airlines began operate flights from Moscow.The Weihai authorities have announced material incentives for tour operators and airlines wishing to take charter flights here.

And although the share of tourism in Weihai’s GDP is now only 6%, local authorities want to develop tourism along with port services, the production of products and spare parts for cars. Weihai was recently named the cleanest city in China, according to the UN. The city is quite young and there are no harmful industries in it. It is blown by clean winds and washed by the cleanest sea, teeming with fish and various seafood, actively consumed by the local population and tourists.

Weihai’s coastline is over a thousand kilometers long. The city has 30 beaches and about 80 attractions that are popular with vacationers. Among them are the already mentioned Liugongdao Island, called the “Land of Bliss”, the largest safari park in Asia, Sishakou, one of the 10 best recreation areas in China Dazhushan, Buddhist and Taoist temples near Mount Chishan and the world’s first panoramic Huaxia show telling a story ancient Chinese culture and more.Thermal springs, traditional Chinese medicine and treatment in local sanatoriums are also popular.

Fedor Yurin

90,000 The cleanest cities in the world in 2020: ranking and Top 11

Criteria for assessing the state of the city

Criteria can be summarized as:

  1. Air purity, measured by indicators such as emissions of pollution sources, including cars, per person, the amount of harmful substances in the atmosphere.According to these indicators, a pollution index is compiled.

    Air pollution index

  2. State of water resources. Here it is important to know how much water per day is consumed per person, including wasted, the percentage of water that does not meet sanitary standards. As well as the number of households provided with centralized water supply and sewerage systems.
  3. Waste. The important thing is how much waste falls on one person and the percentage of their utilization, as well as their placement in conservation areas.
  4. Territory. Number of parks and natural forest plantations in the vicinity of cities. The share of territories occupied by industrial enterprises or not used in any way (wastelands).
  5. Transport. How often residents use public transport, the number of environmentally friendly transport (trolleybuses, trams, cars that use natural gas as fuel, electric vehicles) is the average time it takes city residents to get to work.
  6. Energy consumption. Per capita consumption, the share of losses in heat supply, the number of energy suppliers that cause the least harm to the ecology of the city.

    Dynamics of final consumption of energy produced with the help of renewable energy sources in the period from 2005 to 2020. in million tons is equivalent to hydrocarbon fuel (source: compiled by the author based on the BP Statistical Review of World Energy)

  7. Environmental impact on the part of management bodies.The amount of environmental protection expenditures in the city budget. How many enterprises are under constant environmental control, as well as the proportion of those that exceed the maximum amount of emissions that pollute the atmosphere.

These are the principles underlying the definition of truly green cities.

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Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki is the capital of Finland, one of the 10 most peaceful countries in the world.The beautiful landscapes and beautiful buildings attract a large number of visitors. In 2011, the city was recognized as the most livable city in the world by the magazine “Monocle”. Is the largest educational, cultural, financial, political and research center in Finland.

Environmental classification of cities

In addition to the criteria, it is very important to determine how different countries around the world relate to keeping their own city clean.After all, the ecology is 90% dependent on the people themselves. And from the management, which is ready to invest in maintaining the normal state of the environment, or is completely uninterested in it.

From this point of view, all cities can be classified as follows:

  • The city administration allocates funds to improve the environmental situation. And the townspeople are accustomed to the correct behavior so that environmental protection is in the best condition.
  • The city has a very difficult ecological situation, but at the same time its authorities do not go aside and try to solve problems.
  • Cities where there is no industrial production that affects the environment. But the residents themselves behave in such a way that they constantly violate the principles and rules.
  • Large cities in which the ecological situation is at a very low level. But there are absolutely no funds in the budgets to somehow correct the hopeless situation.

In this scale, ecology is the highest value, from which all other indicators are repelled and have their own characteristics.

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Freiburg, Germany

Freiburg is known as an eco-city, not only one of the cleanest cities in the world, but also one of the greenest. A city with beautiful car-free roads and green hills create a kind of hedge. The city is famous for its high living standards and a medieval university. Breathtaking landscapes and comparatively warm and sunny weather make Freiburg the center of attention for regional tourism.

No. 8 – Vienna, Austria

Vienna, the capital of Austria, is considered the best place to live in the world.The city is not small at all and has a population of about 1.8 million. A sustainable waste management system helps the city to be tidy and clean. Vienna is not only able to efficiently manage waste, but also generate energy from this waste. This city of dreams and the greatest inspiration for art and music is also a great example of how you can keep your city clean.


Val d’Orcia, Italy

Next on the list of the cleanest areas on Earth is the UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the greenest and most lush places in Europe.This beautiful valley is located in central Italy in the Tuscany region and boasts endless, perfectly conical hills covered with sunflowers. Such enchanting landscapes have attracted the attention of countless artists (since the Renaissance) as well as contemporary photographers who have made this valley famous all over the world.

The best time to visit Val d’Orcia is from November to June, when there are fewer tourists and can admire alone the vineyards for the famous Brunello wines and groves of green olive trees adjacent to kilometers of golden wheat fields.

Minneapolis (USA)

The largest city in Minnesota is located on both banks of one of the longest rivers in the world, the Mississippi. Among the cleanest cities on the planet, it stands out for the presence of many processing plants. Almost everything from batteries to plastic bottles is recycled here.

Despite its industrial city status, Minneapolis is considered one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the world. Cycling and public transport are well developed here, new cleaning and recycling projects are constantly being introduced.

Calgary, Canada

Recent reforms and technical innovations in the organization of the sanitary system have allowed Calgary to enter the annual list of the 10 cleanest places on earth.

Residents of these 10 cities have managed to combine progress, comfort and cleanliness, which makes their cities one of the most attractive for life.

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No. 5 – Singapore, Republic of Singapore

Singapore is the busiest city in Asia, it is also the cleanest place on the Asian continent. The city is known for its safety and beauty. The city has great opportunities and a high standard of living. Singapore follows strict cleanliness standards and therefore ranks among the cleanest cities in the world. Even spitting in public places in Singapore is considered a crime and the government will charge a fee for it.

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Kobe

Despite the high industrial capacity of Japan, this country is practically untouched.In no city in Japan, be it a large industrial center or a small seaside village, you will never find a single candy wrapper or chewing gum on the street. Even on busy city highways, cleanliness and order reign.

The capital of Japan, Tokyo, is the leader among all Asian cities for the lowest carbon dioxide content in the atmosphere. And the city of Kobe is recognized as the cleanest settlement in the Land of the Rising Sun. To win this title, the local authorities had to introduce a special sewage system, which is why it is never possible to smell sewage or sewage in any area of ​​the city.

No. 2 – Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich is an amazingly beautiful and clean city in Switzerland. This area attracts many tourists every year as it has many attractions. It is not only the cityscape that is impressive, but also the environmental management policies. The city has innovative waste recycling schemes, and renewable energy sources are also rapidly developing here. Swiss recycling creates an understanding of how to use the recycled product efficiently in energy use.

Adelaide (Australia)

One of the largest cities in South Australia in the middle of the 19th century was reconstructed and even then set a course for landscaping. Now, looking at the number and size of parks and green spaces, it seems that Adelaide was built exclusively for pedestrians and cyclists.

Tellingly, the authorities are not going to stop there. In the coming years, it is planned to plant another 3 million new trees. The population supports such a policy and is actively involved in a variety of programs for cleaning and waste disposal.

No. 3 – Luxembourg, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

The people of Luxembourg have worked hard to keep their cities and capital clean. The city is known for its many castles and forests and has been presented as the “Green Heart of Europe”. In Luxembourg, the annual vehicle tax is calculated based on CO2 emissions.

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Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu is widely recognized by the world as a destination for many tourists, thanks to the best beaches in the world.The clean nature attracts many tourists from all over the world, but good organization and civic awareness play an important role. The air on the magnificent island is very clean, regular rainfall helps in keeping the air clean from dust and dirt. Hawaiian gem and tropical paradise.

Environmental pollution: the scourge of the XXI century

A couple of centuries ago, people did not think about environmental pollution. Almost the entire population of the world lived in rural areas, and life in cities was the lot of the few who wanted to be in the center of events and world news.But literally in a hundred years, everything has changed in the most dramatic way – technological progress has led to the fact that more than seventy percent of the world’s inhabitants chose a city as their habitat.

This has led to an increase in the load on these territories. What do we associate a big city with? Of course, with the smoking chimneys of factories, dirt on the streets, unpleasant odors and eternal grayness.

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