Top 10 world's cleanest capitals for ideal travel
Stockholm was the first city to be recognized as the European Green Capital in 2010 and is known for its cycling culture. The Swedish capital has continued to implement green initiatives and projects, and has reduced emissions by 25% since the 1990s. In addition, Stockholm plans to improve public transport, reduce waste and increase biodiversity.
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New Zealand is famous for its impressive scenery, outdoor lifestyle and fresh air. In Wellington capital, authorities have embarked on energy-saving programs and waste management projects to reduce CO2 emissions and maintain clean air.
At the end of the 19th century, the controversy over the capital's choice of Australia from two major cities, Sydney and Melbourne, led to the decision to build a brand new capital named Canberra. The city was built in 1913, based on the design of two American architects influenced by the garden-city movement.
One of the greatest efforts to help Ottawa get a fresh air comes from a French architect. In 1950, he created a green belt of more than 300 square kilometers in the city, helping to stop urban sprawl and create more natural space for the city. In addition, the city plans to share bicycles, and the number of participants has reached 900,000. All plans and efforts of the people or government here are aimed at making Ottawa the cleanest capital in the world.
Edinburgh was once known as Auld Reekie, a nickname for the Scottish capital due to the stench of sewage and toxic smoke. However, it is just Edinburgh's past, and now, it has much cleaner air than many other European capitals.
Montevideo is one of the most comfortable capitals in South America, with its low pollution, sandy beaches, colonial architecture and vineyards. Located next to Buenos Aires, Montevideo with more than 1 million inhabitants is a cleaner, greener and more comfortable capital compared to Argentina.
Tallinn's medieval city with imposing walls and gravel roads is not for motorized vehicles. To travel in the central old town area, everyone has to park their car outside. In addition, the green space and the cool coastal scenery of the city are also part of making it one of the least polluted cities in the world.
In various ways, the Finnish capital has embarked on an ambitious project to limit the use of personal transport by 2025. Harnessing the power of the new technology, the authorities want to create a modern public transport system so no one would need a car. Helsinki has long encouraged people to use bicycles and now has about 3900 km of bicycle lanes, which is supported by enthusiastic people.
The city famous for the annual F1 race is one of the cleanest capitals in Europe. According to the WHO, this sunny city has a low particulate matter (PM 2.5) and few industrial activities.
Citizens of Madrid, especially those who live in the vibrant Malasana district, often choose the street as a place to have fun instead of driving while the streets in other cities are flooded with transportation, bars and restaurants. Pedestrian-only roads, affordable public transport at the same location on top of a plateau make Madrid one of the least polluted capitals in the world.
By: Stephan Swift