Greenest Countries 2022

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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 2022

Rank Country EPI Value Environmental Health Ecosystem Vitality 2022 Population
1Switzerland87.4293.5793.578,740,472
2France83.9595.7195.7164,626,628
3Denmark81.698.298.25,882,261
4Malta80.993.893.8533,286
5Sweden80.5194.4194.4110,549,347
6United Kingdom79.8996.0396.0367,508,936
7Luxembourg79.1295.0795.07647,599
8Austria78.9786.3886.388,939,617
9Ireland78.7795.9295.925,023,109
10Finland78.6499.3599.355,540,745
11Iceland78.5798.4198.41372,899
12Spain78.3994.2194.2147,558,630
13Germany78.3788.6888.6883,369,843
14Norway77.4997.8697.865,434,319
15Belgium77.3889.3789.3711,655,930
16Italy76.9685.8885.8859,037,474
17New Zealand75.9695.9695.965,185,288
18Netherlands75.4692.2692.2617,564,014
19Israel75.0194.1494.149,038,309
20Japan74.6992.9992.99123,951,692
21Australia74.1297.9597.9526,177,413
22Greece73.691.0391.0310,384,971
23Taiwan72.8469.8569.8523,893,394
24Cyprus72.687.9687.961,251,488
25Canada72.1897.5197.5138,454,327
26Portugal71.9190.4790.4710,270,865
27United States71.1993.9193.91338,289,857
28Slovakia70.663.8763.875,643,453
29Lithuania69.3372.5772.572,750,055
30Bulgaria67.8569.669.66,781,953
31Costa Rica67.8576.4476.445,180,829
32Qatar67.874.1874.182,695,122
33Czech Republic67.6868.6968.6910,493,986
34Slovenia67.5772.3472.342,119,844
35Trinidad And Tobago67.3681.4481.441,531,044
36Saint Vincent And the Grenadines66.4867.3867.38103,948
37Latvia66.1272.872.81,850,651
38Turkmenistan66.173.5373.536,430,770
39Seychelles66.0277.7277.72107,118
40Albania65.4665.6765.672,842,321
41Croatia65.4567.0467.044,030,358
42Colombia65.2271.0571.0551,874,024
43Hungary65.0157.6757.679,967,308
44Belarus64.9869.5569.559,534,954
45Romania64.7858.6758.6719,659,267
46Dominican Republic64.7164.8664.8611,228,821
47Uruguay64.6584.7284.723,422,794
48Estonia64.3173.2473.241,326,062
49Singapore64.2372.1472.145,975,689
50Poland64.1158.7158.7139,857,145
51Venezuela63.8975.7475.7428,301,696
52Russia63.7975.4875.48144,713,314
53Brunei63.5796.6696.66449,002
54Morocco63.4767.4367.4337,457,971
55Cuba63.4275.7675.7611,212,191
56Panama62.7166.9666.964,408,581
57Tonga62.4962.5162.51106,858
58Tunisia62.3581.1281.1212,356,117
59Azerbaijan62.3348.5548.5510,358,074
60South Korea62.373.373.351,815,810
61Kuwait62.2870.5570.554,268,873
62Jordan62.286.6986.6911,285,869
63Armenia62.0756.8556.852,780,469
64Peru61.9256.4956.4934,049,588
65Montenegro61.3372.6172.61627,082
66Egypt61.2168.6168.61110,990,103
67Lebanon61.0883.2583.255,489,739
68Brazil60.767.4467.44215,313,498
69Sri Lanka60.6164.764.721,832,143
70Equatorial Guinea60.449.6649.661,674,908
71Mexico59.6966.0466.04127,504,125
72Dominica59.3869.4569.4572,737
73Argentina59.379.8879.8845,510,318
74Malaysia59.2266.6366.6333,938,221
75Antigua And Barbuda59.1876.5376.5393,763
76United Arab Emirates58.967.8867.889,441,129
77Jamaica58.5868.4868.482,827,377
78Namibia58.4646.3446.342,567,012
79Iran58.1674.0174.0188,550,570
80Belize57.7965.0965.09405,272
81Philippines57.6555.6455.64115,559,009
82Mongolia57.5161.9761.973,398,366
83Chile57.4973.7373.7319,603,733
84Serbia57.4961.1861.187,221,365
85Saudi Arabia57.4772.8172.8136,408,820
86Ecuador57.4272.5872.5818,001,000
87Algeria57.1880.9580.9544,903,225
88Cape Verde56.9460.960.9593,149
89Mauritius56.6377.4577.451,299,469
90Saint Lucia56.1871.0371.03179,857
91Bolivia55.9861.6461.6412,224,110
92Barbados55.7684.7384.73281,635
93Georgia55.6957.157.13,744,385
94Kiribati55.2648.4848.48131,232
95Bahrain55.1565.2865.281,472,233
96Nicaragua55.0462.262.26,948,392
97Bahamas54.9973.6873.68409,984
98Kyrgyzstan54.8654.7854.786,630,623
99Nigeria54.7636.6436.64218,541,212
100Kazakhstan54.5666.766.719,397,998
101Samoa54.561.9461.94222,382
102Suriname54.262.4662.46618,040
103Sao Tome And Principe54.0152.7352.73227,380
104Paraguay53.9358.158.16,780,744
105El Salvador53.9163.9963.996,336,392
106Fiji53.0961.761.7929,766
107Turkey52.9671.5671.5685,341,241
108Ukraine52.8764.4464.4439,701,739
109Guatemala52.3354.9754.9717,843,908
110Maldives52.1473.2373.23523,787
111Moldova51.9760.2960.293,272,996
112Botswana51.737.1937.192,630,296
113Honduras51.5155.9555.9510,432,860
114Sudan51.4950.0950.0946,874,204
115Oman51.3275.9875.984,576,298
116Zambia50.9731.5731.5720,017,675
117Grenada50.9369.8269.82125,438
118Tanzania50.83454565,497,748
119China50.7431.7231.721,425,887,337
120Thailand49.8846.2146.2171,697,030
121Micronesia49.859.8859.88114,164
122Libya49.7981.881.86,812,341
123Ghana49.6644.4244.4233,475,870
124Timor Leste49.5451.0251.021,341,296
125Senegal49.5247.5547.5517,316,449
126Malawi49.2139.9339.9320,405,317
127Guyana47.9361.5561.55808,726
128Tajikistan47.8526.2626.269,952,787
129Kenya47.2542.9642.9654,027,487
130Bhutan47.2235.2735.27782,455
131Vietnam46.9647.1247.1298,186,856
132Indonesia46.9245.4445.44275,501,339
133Guinea46.6245.0245.0213,859,341
134Mozambique46.3746.3646.3632,969,518
135Uzbekistan45.8850.6750.6734,627,652
136Chad45.3441.3641.3617,723,315
137Myanmar45.3235.635.654,179,306
138Ivory Coast45.2539.5539.5528,160,542
139Gabon45.0543.0443.042,388,992
140Ethiopia44.7832.832.8123,379,924
141South Africa44.7336.8136.8159,893,885
142Guinea Bissau44.6743.643.62,105,566
143Vanuatu44.5550.4650.46326,740
144Uganda44.2833.6433.6447,249,585
145Comoros44.2447.0647.06836,774
146Mali43.7143.7243.7222,593,590
147Rwanda43.6831.0331.0313,776,698
148Zimbabwe43.4140.5840.5816,320,537
149Cambodia43.2339.8139.8116,767,842
150Solomon Islands43.2249.6749.67724,273
151Iraq43.261.4661.4644,496,122
152Laos42.9425.1525.157,529,475
153Burkina Faso42.8344.2244.2222,673,762
154Sierra Leone42.5441.841.88,605,718
155Gambia42.4247.9947.992,705,992
156Republic of the Congo42.3920.8920.895,970,424
157Bosnia And Herzegovina41.8463.8763.873,233,526
158Togo41.7838.2538.258,848,699
159Liberia41.6243.7343.735,302,681
160Cameroon40.8139.1839.1827,914,536
161Eswatini40.3232.5432.541,201,670
162Djibouti40.0452.8952.891,120,849
163Papua New Guinea39.3547.2647.2610,142,619
164Eritrea39.3446.1246.123,684,032
165Mauritania39.2450.0150.014,736,139
166Benin38.1736.3636.3613,352,864
167Afghanistan37.7436.7636.7641,128,771
168Pakistan37.516.816.8235,824,862
169Angola37.4433.7933.7935,588,987
170Central African Republic36.4229.1629.165,579,144
171Niger35.7441.9441.9426,207,977
172Lesotho33.7829.7829.782,305,825
173Haiti33.7445.2445.2411,584,996
174Madagascar33.7342.3942.3929,611,714
175Nepal31.4410.5410.5430,547,580
176India30.579.329.321,417,173,173
177DR Congo30.4119.719.799,010,212
178Bangladesh29.5611.9611.96171,186,372
179Burundi27.4325.6925.6912,889,576

Greenest Countries 2022

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