It is quite natural that we all want to live in a healthy and clean environment, but unfortunately, our planet has been slowly turning into a giant garbage dump. The good news is that there are still some places in the world that are clean, neat, and unpolluted. However, it usually takes more than just some governmental regulations and public notices to keep a city clean and tidy. It is also the duty of the locals to take part in the process and be as eco-friendly as possible. To show you some cities which have already succeeded in making their environment cleaner and their residents happier and healthier, we did a bit of a research on this topic and compiled a list with some of the cleanest cities in the world.
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Let us kick off the list with a city that is largely considered one of the cleanest and greenest cities in the world. Home to about 400,000 people, Zurich is known for its continued optimization and creation of eco-friendly public transportation, enlargement of the bicycle-only network, research and projects for renewable energy, and enclosure of speed-ways, etc.
Wellington, New Zealand
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The capital and one of the largest cities of New Zealand, Wellington has a reputation of being a clean and tidy city with a number of natural attractions that are well preserved and taken care of. More than a third of local people use public transport instead of cars, which greatly reduces air pollution in the area.
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Out of just a few African cities that can boast clean environment, Ifrane is probably the most famous one. Perched high in the Middle Atlas Mountains at an elevation of 1,665 m (5,463 ft), Ifrane has no industrial action, which is why local residents and tourists can enjoy unpolluted air and water. The city is also a popular ski resort as it gets covered with snow in winter.
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The capital of Norway is known as one of the most expensive cities in the world, but those who can afford to live here will enjoy fresh air and a perfectly clean environment. Oslo is easy to move around by public transportation or rentable bikes. In 2007, Reader’s Digest even ranked Oslo as number two on a list of the world’s greenest and most livable cities.
El Hierro, Spain
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Technically, El Hierro is not a city as it is one of the Canary Islands (that belong to Spain), but it attracted the whole world’s attention earlier this year as it managed to produce enough electricity for its 7,000 inhabitants for more than 24 hours by its hydro-wind plants only. Known for its lush ancient forests and volcanic cliffs, the island is a UNESCO biosphere reserve.