The 12 cleanest cities in the world

This years 2015 cleanest cities in the world ranking brings great surprises. Finland jumped from being 3rd cleanest city in the world to 12th, Reykjavik lost it position to Vienna, Luxemburg jumped into the 5th position and removed Ottawa from the list, Kobe and Wellington keep improving their position. Ifrane in morocco invest heavily on its cleanness this year and keep strongly it 2nd position, and Calgary closes the list being the the top cleanest city in the worl again this year. 

The definitions of clean can be very different around the world, however, according to this year's 2015 study of the 12 cleanest cities, Calgary continues to lead the way among the cleanest cities in the world.

The cleanest city in the world is based in Canada. The water availability and drinkability, waste removal, quality of sewage systems, air pollution and congestion.

All from big fines, public humiliation, each city has a different way to treat their urban cleaning. The truth is that the $ 1,000 fine for "dropping" a cigarette in the street, did result in very positive impact.

Anyone convicted of dropping litter can be fined up to S$1,000 (£480) for the first conviction. Repeat convictions cost up to $5,000, and may lead to a community service orders or anti-littering lectures (only given in Chinese), to curb repeat offenders. In the case of a third offence, law-breakers may be made to wear a sign reading “I am a litter lout”.

Singapore also fines people for putting spent chewing gum anywhere other than a bin ($100), for urinating in lifts ($500), and for failing to flush a public lavatory ($100). Spot checks are regularly made by police officers in public toilet cubicles – there is no point having a law if it’s not enforced.

The result of these fines is plain to see: Singapore is a very clean and tidy island state, albeit one that has also sacrificed certain civil liberties (and, perhaps, a certain amount of creativity). That said, it would take a very dyed-in-the-wool libertarian to fight for the right to pee in an elevator.

There are less punitive ways to be clean and tidy, however. Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, seems to have achieved a clean and litter-free environment without the threat of harsh fines. Not on any of Mercer’s lists, modern Kigali isn’t exactly beautiful. It rises up on a tree-covered slope and is mainly built of concrete, but the level of upkeep is extraordinary.

Following the huge population growth and over exploitation of natural resources during the last 30 years, the world has experienced severe environmental degradation, fortunately, we are witnessing a global trend to take measures against the impact of climate change.

Applying this concept especially in cities, we developed what is known sustainable urbanism. Some of the cleanest cities in the world include in their environmental programs strategies for economic growth and job creation.

Beyond the beauty of the natural and urban landscapes, culture or even food, there are enough reasons to visit these cities; cleanliness is a bonus that we can not ignore. Each year we take a quality of life surveys that take into account factors such as. The study summarizes results from independent experts of different nationalities and takes into account the below mentioned factors: 

  • The quality and availability of drinking water
  • Recycling and waste management
  • Garbage collection service
  • Fluency in transit
  • Air quality / pollution
  • water availability
  • waste removal
  • sewage systems 
  • traffic density

Well there is may involve some effort to being clean from all aspects not only indoor but outdoor too, some of cities have managed it greatly, the 12 top cleanest cities in the world are given below.

 List of the cleanest cities in the world

12) Helsinki (Finland) (3rd in 2014)

  • Area: 72.24 sq miles (187.1 km²) 
  • Founded: 1550
  • Weather: 37°F (3°C), Wind S at 12 mph (19 km/h), 93% Humidity
  • Population: 614,074.

2015: Declared 3rd cleanest city in the world in 2014, this year, in 2015, the city have lost ground to it competitors. 

Description: Its main feature is the cleanliness. Finns are totally committed to protecting the environment and this is reflected in the city. To reduce the energy of the city to a minimum consumption, a complex system has been designed to generate heat by electricity. It should be noted that temperatures recorded during winter are very low, thus being directly related to energy consumption.

11) Brisbane - Australia (12 in 2014)

Area: 2,297 sq miles (5,950 km²) 
Founded: 1824
Weather: 75°F (24°C), Wind NE at 1 mph (2 km/h), 72% Humidity
Population: 2.043 million (2010)

It is the third largest city in Australia. It is organized, clean and secure. Living in Brisbane is a privilege for its high quality of life globally recognized. Although it is not next to the ocean, the municipality is responsible for creating an artificial beach across the river in front of the city center. This area is called Southbank and is very popular among locals and tourists. There are many weekend activities such as art fairs and cycling races.

10) Curitiba - Brazil (11 in 2014)

Area: 166.4 sq miles (430.9 km²) 
Weather: 68°F (20°C), Wind N at 4 mph (6 km/h), 94% Humidity
Population: 1.752 million (2010).

Curitiba is not only an ecological model for the world, but also a city populated by people with a different reasoning that we might call environmental mindset. It is a city that recycles even spaces while mixing them with culture. The wooden posts that were once used to power lines now support a majestic building: the Free University of Environment. In Curitiba, environmental awareness is supported by government and society. Its people have changed their outlook on life and have emerged with a general motivation based on developments in harmony with the environment.

9) Singapore (10 in 2014)

Area: 274.1 sq miles (710 km²) 
Weather: 83°F (28°C), Wind E at 9 mph (14 km/h), 70% Humidity
Population: 5.312 million (2012) World Bank
Official languages: English Language, Malay Language, Tamil, Standard Mandarin.

Singapore The Cleanest city in Asia. Singapore is very popular with its cleanest and safety. Yes, that is why you really want to go to Singapore. Singapore is the model in Asia for what a modern city look like. It is clean, it is structured, it is comfortable, and it is safe. This lion city will give you all the amazing experiences that will make you feel the fun all the time during your stay in this city. However there is a big warning for you to keep your manners clean at this city. There is a myth, that if you carelessly spited at this beautiful city, the cop would arrest you. Well it isa myth of this lion city, you better prove it yourself. Go here with your friend, pay his or her accommodation but she or he has to spited carelessly. See when the cop arrest your friend. Sound nasty and fun isn’t it?

8) Vienna – Austria 

  • Area: 160.1 mi²
  • Weather: 74°F (23°C), Wind N at 4 mph (6 km/h), 38% Humidity
  • Local time: Saturday 3:19 PM 
  • Population: 1.741 million (2013)

2015: Vienna is making a strong entrance in our list this year. the city invested heavily in its cleanliness these last couple of years and this year we can proudly say that the investment is showing it's results. 

Description: Located in northeastern region of the country Vienna is the capital city of Austria, though it is largest city of the state having population 1.8 million but terrific waste management techniques and collaborative efforts of government and common people ranked it one of the cleanest cities in the world.

The greatest inspiration for the art and music Vienna has various green projects to keep the atmosphere fresh and safe from pollution while the inhabitants of the Vienna are well educated and know the merits of being clean and what really matters to them for their health.

7) Luxembourg  City

  • Country: Luxembourg  
  • Area: 998 mi²
  • King: Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg 
  • Population: 543,202 (2013) World Bank
  • GDP per capita: 110,697.03 USD (2013)

2015: impressing work done by Luxembourg this year made it to our champion list of the cleanest cities in the world. Being a mostly rural city, with dense Ardennes forest and nature parks in the north, and the Moselle river valley in the southeast, being least polluted and filled with greenery tagged as Green Heart in Europe.

Description: Luxembourg City is a commune with city status and capital of Luxembourg placed at the confluence of the Alzette and Pétrusse Rivers in southern region of the country. The richest country’s city has also one of most popular for having highest income per capita while one of cleanest city too for being least polluted and filled with greenery tagged as Green Heart in Europe.

There is absolute fine waste management which working is not only satisfactory but extraordinary making the city clean and providing a healthy atmosphere to residence.

6) Adelaide (Australia)

Area: 213.2 sq miles (552.3 km²) / Weather: 43°F (6°C), Wind N at 13 mph (21 km/h), 58% Humidity / Population: 1.544 million (2010).

The city has one of the best urban designs of the country. In Adelaide, you have access to one of the largest wine regions, beaches and national parks of Australia. The city center is surrounded by green areas and contains historic buildings, wide streets, cafes and restaurants. The region has moved away from dependence on landfill as part of its strategic plan for 2007 to minimize waste and encourage recycling.

4) Honolulu (Hawaii)

Area: 68.42 sq miles (177.2 km²) / Weather: 72°F (22°C), Wind NE at 4 mph (6 km/h), 83% Humidity / Population: 374,658 (2009).

The Hawaiian city is the most popular and one of the busiest in the North Pacific. It is notable for its lush colorful vegetation. Although Hawaii has a condition known as "volcanic smog", Honolulu is considered one of the greenest and cleanest cities, with an air of impeccable quality.

7) Kobe (Japan)

Area: 213.2 sq miles (552.3 km²) / Weather: 43°F (6°C), Wind N at 13 mph (21 km/h), 58% Humidity / Population: 1.544 million (2010).

The city has a drainage system independent of the waste water that prevents severe storms from affecting residual storm water treatment. She stands in a privileged place concerning life expectancy and culture.

5) Wellington (New Zealand)

Area: 112 sq miles (290 km²) / Weather: 56°F (13°C), Wind SW at 9 mph (14 km/h), 72% Humidity / Population: 200,100 (2011).

The capital of New Zealand is an outright jungle. 33% of people are travelling by bus, a rather interesting number that reduces automobile pollution since most public transport function ecologically. Temperatures are generally high, but the wind can generate enough air to reduce heat.

2) Ifrane (Morocco)

Population: 40,104 / Elevation: 5,460 ft (1,665 m).

Having no industries, the air quality is optimal. It is considered one of the cleanest cities in the world. Ifrane is a stay that you won't forget. It is reminiscent of certain Swiss villages! It is the perfect place to top up your reserves at altitude. When the weather is good, walk close to the Vittel spring and its waterfalls shaded by the poplar and maple trees. Its national park contains one of the largest cedar plantations in the world, where mischievous monkeys, which are used to seeing people, will welcome you. The lakes and rivers are crammed with pike and trout.

Ifrane has a remarkable European style, as if it were an Alpine village. Because of its elevation, the town experiences snow during the winter months and a cool climate during the summer. Ifrane is also the place where the lowest temperature was ever recorded in Africa, -24 °C in 1935. Animals to be found in the vicinity include the threatened Barbary Macaque. Among the local tree species are the native Atlas cedar, Scrub oak and the introduced London plane.

1) Calgary (Canada)

Area: 280.5 sq miles (726.5 km²) / Weather: 1°F (-17°C), Wind 0 mph (0 km/h), 79% Humidity / Local time: Sunday 4:21 AM / Population: 988,195 (2006).

Calgary, in Alberta, is the cleanest city in the world! This large "ecological city" is very important for the flow of pure water and the proper use of it. It has a central wastewater purifying up to 100 million litres of water per day. The 75% of the city is powered by renewable energy. It includes a program to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills. A city absolutely determined on material recycling.

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