Greenest Countries 2021

The environment is a higher priority in some countries than it is in others. This is often reflected in a country’s policymaking and effectiveness of its current environmental protection measures. Being “green” is a way of describing how environmentally friendly a country, community, organization, etc. is.

The greenest countries in the world have practices, measures, and policies in place to help preserve and even restore the natural environment and its resources as well as improve the health of its citizens.

Environmental Performance Index

The Environmental Performance Index (EPI) quantifies the environmental performance of a country’s policies and measures its environmental trends and performance. The EPI allows countries to see how close they are to their established environmental policy goals and meeting the targets of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The 2018 Environmental Performance Index ranks 180 countries on 24 performance indicators across ten issue categories. These indicators determine which countries are the leaders in environmental performance and provides guidance for countries that are looking to move towards a more sustainable and greener future.

Greenest Countries

Who are the greenest countries in the world? According to the EPI, the greenest countries in the world are the ones who are best addressing the environmental changes that every nation faces. Below are the ten greenest countries in the world.

1. Switzerland

With an overall score of 87.42, Switzerland is the greenest country in the world. Switzerland received almost perfect scores for water sanitation and water resources, scoring 99.99 and 99.67 respectively. Additionally, Switzerland scored notably high for sustainability, with a boom in many clean energies such as solar power, wind turbines, hydroelectric power, geothermal energy, and heat pumps.

2. France

France is known for its environmental initiatives such as hydro turbines along its rivers and prohibiting its supermarkets from throwing away or destroying unsold food (that is still of good quality). France’s overall score was 83.95 and scored particularly high for air pollution with a score of 96.82.

3. Denmark

Denmark is considered to be the third-greenest country in the world with an overall score of 81.60. Denmark is known for its efficient greenhouse gas emission policies and its efforts to prevent climate change. The country stands out for its scores in the biodiversity and habitat category and air quality.

4. Malta

Malta’s EPI score is 80.9, ranking at the top for the biodiversity and habitat category and water sanitation and water resources. Malta is known for its efficient and environmentally-friendly train system as well as its agritourism. Malta’s rank as the fourth-greenest country in the world comes with its challenges, such as the country’s lack of space and local resources, energy dependency, water scarcity, and waste management.

5. Sweden

Sweden is the fifth-greenest country in the world with an EPI score of 80.51. Sweden is known for being one of the most sustainable countries in the world, notably for its use of renewable energy sources and low carbon dioxide emissions. Sweden’s government set an ambitious goal for 2045, pledging to be fossil fuel-free and running 100% on renewable energy. Sweden scored a perfect score for addressing the lif-threatening impact of lead exposure in the heavy metals category.

6. United Kingdom

The U.K. has an overall EPI score of 79.89. The United Kingdom is considered to be the sixth-greenest country in the world. The United Kingdom scored 100 for water and sanitation, including drinking water and sanitation. There are about 8,879 win turbines currently in the U.K., supplying the country with sustainable, clean power.

7. Luxembourg

Despite its growing population and GDP, Luxembourg is the seventh-greenest country thanks to its progress in decoupling environmental pressures from its growth. Luxembourg’s overall EPI score is 79.12, scoring fifth in the biodiversity and habitat category and fifth for water resources with a score of 99.76.

8. Austria

Austria’s EPI score is 78.97. The country is known for having strict standards for waste management, chemicals, air pollution, and agriculture. Austria ranked notably high for agriculture, receiving a score of 71.34, and ecosystem vitality with a score of 74.03.

9. Ireland

Ireland is the ninth-greenest country with an EPI score of 78.77. Ireland scored perfect 100s for both the water and sanitation category and for PM2.5 exposure under the air quality category.

10. Finland

Finishing the top ten list of the greenest countries is Finland, which scored 78.64 on the EPI. Finland ranks first for environmental health with a score of 99.35 in that category. Additionally, Finland scored notably high in the heavy metals exposure, water and sanitation, and air quality categories. Finland prioritizes forest and wildlife conservation and is currently 35% powered by renewable energy sources.

Greenest Countries 2021

Rank Country EPI Value Environmental Health Ecosystem Vitality 2021 Population
1Switzerland87.4293.5793.578,715,494
2France83.9595.7195.7165,426,179
3Denmark81.698.298.25,813,298
4Malta80.993.893.8442,784
5Sweden80.5194.4194.4110,160,169
6United Kingdom79.8996.0396.0368,207,116
7Luxembourg79.1295.0795.07634,814
8Austria78.9786.3886.389,043,070
9Ireland78.7795.9295.924,982,907
10Finland78.6499.3599.355,548,360
11Iceland78.5798.4198.41343,353
12Spain78.3994.2194.2146,745,216
13Germany78.3788.6888.6883,900,473
14Norway77.4997.8697.865,465,630
15Belgium77.3889.3789.3711,632,326
16Italy76.9685.8885.8860,367,477
17New Zealand75.9695.9695.964,860,643
18Netherlands75.4692.2692.2617,173,099
19Israel75.0194.1494.148,789,774
20Japan74.6992.9992.99126,050,804
21Australia74.1297.9597.9525,788,215
22Greece73.691.0391.0310,370,744
23Taiwan72.8469.8569.8523,855,010
24Cyprus72.687.9687.961,215,584
25Canada72.1897.5197.5138,067,903
26Portugal71.9190.4790.4710,167,925
27United States71.1993.9193.91332,915,073
28Slovakia70.663.8763.875,460,721
29Lithuania69.3372.5772.572,689,862
30Costa Rica67.8576.4476.445,139,052
31Bulgaria67.8569.669.66,896,663
32Qatar67.874.1874.182,930,528
33Czech Republic67.6868.6968.6910,724,555
34Slovenia67.5772.3472.342,078,724
35Trinidad And Tobago67.3681.4481.441,403,375
36Saint Vincent And The Grenadines66.4867.3867.38111,263
37Latvia66.1272.872.81,866,942
38Turkmenistan66.173.5373.536,117,924
39Seychelles66.0277.7277.7298,908
40Albania65.4665.6765.672,872,933
41Croatia65.4567.0467.044,081,651
42Colombia65.2271.0571.0551,265,844
43Hungary65.0157.6757.679,634,164
44Belarus64.9869.5569.559,442,862
45Romania64.7858.6758.6719,127,774
46Dominican Republic64.7164.8664.8610,953,703
47Uruguay64.6584.7284.723,485,151
48Estonia64.3173.2473.241,325,185
49Singapore64.2372.1472.145,896,686
50Poland64.1158.7158.7137,797,005
51Venezuela63.8975.7475.7428,704,954
52Russia63.7975.4875.48145,912,025
53Brunei63.5796.6696.66441,532
54Morocco63.4767.4367.4337,344,795
55Cuba63.4275.7675.7611,317,505
56Panama62.7166.9666.964,381,579
57Tonga62.4962.5162.51106,760
58Tunisia62.3581.1281.1211,935,766
59Azerbaijan62.3348.5548.5510,223,342
60South Korea62.373.373.351,305,186
61Kuwait62.2870.5570.554,328,550
62Jordan62.286.6986.6910,269,021
63Armenia62.0756.8556.852,968,127
64Peru61.9256.4956.4933,359,418
65Montenegro61.3372.6172.61628,053
66Egypt61.2168.6168.61104,258,327
67Lebanon61.0883.2583.256,769,146
68Brazil60.767.4467.44213,993,437
69Sri Lanka60.6164.764.721,497,310
70Equatorial Guinea60.449.6649.661,449,896
71Mexico59.6966.0466.04130,262,216
72Dominica59.3869.4569.4572,167
73Argentina59.379.8879.8845,605,826
74Malaysia59.2266.6366.6332,776,194
75Antigua And Barbuda59.1876.5376.5398,731
76United Arab Emirates58.967.8867.889,991,089
77Jamaica58.5868.4868.482,973,463
78Namibia58.4646.3446.342,587,344
79Iran58.1674.0174.0185,028,759
80Belize57.7965.0965.09404,914
81Philippines57.6555.6455.64111,046,913
82Mongolia57.5161.9761.973,329,289
83Serbia57.4961.1861.188,697,550
84Chile57.4973.7373.7319,212,361
85Saudi Arabia57.4772.8172.8135,340,683
86Ecuador57.4272.5872.5817,888,475
87Algeria57.1880.9580.9544,616,624
88Cape Verde56.9460.960.9561,898
89Mauritius56.6377.4577.451,273,433
90Saint Lucia56.1871.0371.03184,400
91Bolivia55.9861.6461.6411,832,940
92Barbados55.7684.7384.73287,711
93Georgia55.6957.157.13,979,765
94Kiribati55.2648.4848.48121,392
95Bahrain55.1565.2865.281,748,296
96Nicaragua55.0462.262.26,702,385
97Bahamas54.9973.6873.68396,913
98Kyrgyzstan54.8654.7854.786,628,356
99Nigeria54.7636.6436.64211,400,708
100Kazakhstan54.5666.766.718,994,962
101Samoa54.561.9461.94200,149
102Suriname54.262.4662.46591,800
103Sao Tome And Principe54.0152.7352.73223,368
104Paraguay53.9358.158.17,219,638
105El Salvador53.9163.9963.996,518,499
106Fiji53.0961.761.7902,906
107Turkey52.9671.5671.5685,042,738
108Ukraine52.8764.4464.4443,466,819
109Guatemala52.3354.9754.9718,249,860
110Maldives52.1473.2373.23543,617
111Moldova51.9760.2960.294,024,019
112Botswana51.737.1937.192,397,241
113Honduras51.5155.9555.9510,062,991
114Sudan51.4950.0950.0944,909,353
115Oman51.3275.9875.985,223,375
116Zambia50.9731.5731.5718,920,651
117Grenada50.9369.8269.82113,021
118Tanzania50.83454561,498,437
119China50.7431.7231.721,444,216,107
120Thailand49.8846.2146.2169,950,850
121Micronesia49.859.8859.88116,254
122Libya49.7981.881.86,958,532
123Ghana49.6644.4244.4231,732,129
124Timor Leste49.5451.0251.021,343,873
125Senegal49.5247.5547.5517,196,301
126Malawi49.2139.9339.9319,647,684
127Guyana47.9361.5561.55790,326
128Tajikistan47.8526.2626.269,749,627
129Kenya47.2542.9642.9654,985,698
130Bhutan47.2235.2735.27779,898
131Vietnam46.9647.1247.1298,168,833
132Indonesia46.9245.4445.44276,361,783
133Guinea46.6245.0245.0213,497,244
134Mozambique46.3746.3646.3632,163,047
135Uzbekistan45.8850.6750.6733,935,763
136Chad45.3441.3641.3616,914,985
137Myanmar45.3235.635.654,806,012
138Ivory Coast45.2539.5539.5527,053,629
139Gabon45.0543.0443.042,278,825
140Ethiopia44.7832.832.8117,876,227
141South Africa44.7336.8136.8160,041,994
142Guinea Bissau44.6743.643.62,015,494
143Vanuatu44.5550.4650.46314,464
144Uganda44.2833.6433.6447,123,531
145Comoros44.2447.0647.06888,451
146Mali43.7143.7243.7220,855,735
147Rwanda43.6831.0331.0313,276,513
148Zimbabwe43.4140.5840.5815,092,171
149Cambodia43.2339.8139.8116,946,438
150Solomon Islands43.2249.6749.67703,996
151Iraq43.261.4661.4641,179,350
152Laos42.9425.1525.157,379,358
153Burkina Faso42.8344.2244.2221,497,096
154Sierra Leone42.5441.841.88,141,343
155Gambia42.4247.9947.992,486,945
156Republic Of The Congo42.3920.8920.895,657,013
157Bosnia And Herzegovina41.8463.8763.873,263,466
158Togo41.7838.2538.258,478,250
159Liberia41.6243.7343.735,180,203
160Cameroon40.8139.1839.1827,224,265
161Eswatini40.3232.5432.541,172,362
162Djibouti40.0452.8952.891,002,187
163Papua New Guinea39.3547.2647.269,119,010
164Eritrea39.3446.1246.123,601,467
165Mauritania39.2450.0150.014,775,119
166Benin38.1736.3636.3612,451,040
167Afghanistan37.7436.7636.7639,835,428
168Pakistan37.516.816.8225,199,937
169Angola37.4433.7933.7933,933,610
170Central African Republic36.4229.1629.164,919,981
171Niger35.7441.9441.9425,130,817
172Lesotho33.7829.7829.782,159,079
173Haiti33.7445.2445.2411,541,685
174Madagascar33.7342.3942.3928,427,328
175Nepal31.4410.5410.5429,674,920
176India30.579.329.321,393,409,038
177Dr Congo30.4119.719.792,377,993
178Bangladesh29.5611.9611.96166,303,498
179Burundi27.4325.6925.6912,255,433

Greenest Countries 2021