10 Countries with the Cleanest Air in the World

This list will show you the countries that have the cleanest air, This might be of interest for travellers planning where to go next and also for people that just want to know which are the fortunate countries that can breathe clean air.

Some of these countries rank high due to the abundance of forests in their territories which they acts as natural air filters. Unsurprisingly, many countries with large, unpopulated areas covered with trees appear in the list.

For the many of us who live in big cities, it is a relief for our lungs to go to the countryside for some fresh air. But if that’s not enough and hard to find in Singapore, you can be sure that if you visiting the following countries will reward you with unpolluted air.

  1. Luxembourg

Much of Luxembourg’s clean air can be credited to strict regulations, low population and wildlife reserves. Luxembourg is one of the smallest country in the world and more than one-third fo the country is covered by forest. This European nation has dense forests and nature parks in the north and a river valley in the southeast.

  1. Ireland

Ireland is exposed to strong winds that come from the sea and swoop away the little pollution that is generated. The Irish also count on environmental regulations and many green hills that help to keep the air clean. 

Smoky coal ban was introduced in Dublin, capital of Ireland, in 1990. The ban greatly reduced levels of Particulate Matter (PM10) and average smoke levels. With Dublin’s success, the ban is then expanded to other cities of Ireland,

  1. Sweden

Sweden is not only a synonym of economic, political and social progress. They have also managed to remarkably protect the wildlife and clean air.

Sweden has been one of the most environmentally forward-thinking nations. Sweden is now working towards becoming one of the first fossil fuel-free welfares states in the world. As of 2015, 57% of Sweden’s power came from renewable sources while the rest came from nuclear power.

  1. New Zealand

New Zealand is similar in size to UK, but only has a population of about 4 million, as compared to UK of 63 milion. The rest of the land are taken up by animals.

This county has low population density and an abundance of wildlife, a winning combination to excel in air quality levels. A clear example of what we mentioned in the introduction.

  1. Denmark

Denmark’s situation is very remarkable. Being the neighbour of heavily industrialized Germany, the Danish have managed to keep their air pollution level to half of that of its neighbour.

Denmark has more than twice the number of bicycles (4.2 milion) than cars (1.8 million). People in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, pedal more than 1.13 million km on their bicycles each day. This leads to low emission of air pollution in Denmark.

  1. Estonia

52% of Estonia is forest, making it one of Europe’s greenest countries – and that figure is rising. In addition to its more than 1500 islands in the Baltic sea, and the Gulf of Finland, large forests, castles, churches and hilltop fortresses, Estonia can boast as one of the countries with the cleanest air not only in Europe but in the whole globe.

  1. Brunei Darussalam

Brunei is known for its beaches and biodiverse rainforests, much of which is protected within reserves. In the capital, Bandar Seri Begawan, you can find an opulent mosque with 29 golden domes as well as very good air quality.

The country has a population of near half a million and is one of the most developed in Asia. It has managed to maintain clean air standards, despite its rapid industrialization. In 2012, among dara analysed from 154 countires, Brunei only acconted for one dearh linked to air pollution, one of the lowest in the world.

  1. Finland

For the people of Finland having clean air is paramount. Thus, forests and wildlife have little fear of pollution in this nation.

One od the world’s air quality measurement stations is located in the Pallas-YIIastunturi National Park, Finland’s most popular national park. According to measurements taken in 2016, it holds the title of the cleanest air in Europe and perhaps in the world as well.

From one of its northern provinces, you can see the Northern Lights and enjoy ski resorts. Known for its high standards in education, now Finland also makes it to the top 3 of countries with the best air quality.

  1. Canada

Canada is one of the largest national territories in the world. Canada has a very low population density and vast expanses of land covered by forests. Most Canadians live in the south of the country because of the more hospitable temperatures.

Canada also makes great efforts for the preservation of its wildlife and clean air. Air quality in Canada continued to improve even though energy use and motor fuel consumption increased by more than 20%. This happened because of increasing societal awareness of the health danger of air pollution, which created a political demand for change that was met by technological improvements.

  1. Iceland

Iceland occupies the first spot as the country with the cleanest air in the world. The landscape of the country is defined by volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and lava fields.

They also have massive glaciers which are protected in national parks. Most of the population live in the capital, Reykjavik, which runs on geothermal power and enjoys the highest air quality.

Iceland is powered solely by hydropower and geothermal energy. Iceland’s unique geology allowed for continuous production of renewable energy. Icelanders still use fossil fuels for transport and agriculture.owever, there are currently moves to shift from fossil fuels to hydrogen, which is renewable.