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What is the greenest country in the world?

The greenest country in the world is Switzerland according to the latest data analysis from the 2018 Environmental Performance Index (EPI).

The Environmental Performance Index evaluates and ranks 180 countries on 24 performance indicators across 10 categories covering environmental health and ecosystem vitality.

The aim is to gauge, at a national scale, how close countries are to meeting the environmental policy goals outlined in the United Nations 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement.

The report uses the following categories:

  1. Air Quality
  2. Water & Sanitation
  3. Heavy Metals
  4. Biodiversity & Habitat
  5. Forests
  6. Fisheries
  7. Climate & Energy
  8. Air Pollution
  9. Water Resources
  10. Agriculture

Key headlines

  • Switzerland is the greenest country in the world with an EPI score of 87.42.
  • Switzerland’s position reflects strong performance across most categories, particularly Climate & Energy and Air Pollution.
  • France (83.95), Denmark (81.60), Malta (80.9) and Sweden (80.51) round out the top five countries.
  • At the bottom of the rankings are Nepal (31.44), India (30.57), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (30.41), Bangladesh (29.56) and Burundi (27.43).
  • In 27th position, the USA is one of the lowest ranked industrialised nations, behind the UK (6th), Germany (13th), Italy (16th), New Zealand (17th), Japan (20th), Australia (21st) and Canada (25th).
  • Globally, air quality is one of the leading environmental threats to public health. Air pollution risk is especially acute in rapidly urbanising and industrialising nations such as India and China.
  • Protection of marine and terrestrial biomes has exceeded the international goals set in 2014.
  • 60% of countries assessed have declining COintensities while 85-90% of countries have declining intensities for methane, nitrous oxide, and black carbon.
  • Although these trends are promising, they must be accelerated to meet the targets set by the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.

The greenest country in the world

The state of the world is captured in the Global Scorecard, a score and ranking of 180 countries based on their environmental performance.

Switzerland is the greenest country in the world

There is a clear correlation between unstable governance and poor EPI performance. The index’s bottom third comprises predominantly African and south- and east-Asian states whose problems extend beyond their inability to sustain environmental and human health.

Likewise, it is clear that only functioning governments are able to manage their environments for the benefit of their populations.

RANKCOUNTRYEPI SCORE
1Switzerland87.42
2France83.95
3Denmark81.60
4Malta80.90
5Sweden80.51
6United Kingdom79.89
7Luxembourg79.12
8Austria78.97
9Ireland78.77
10Finland78.64
11Iceland78.57
12Spain78.39
13Germany78.37
14Norway77.49
15Belgium77.38
16Italy76.96
17New Zealand75.96
18Netherlands75.46
19Israel75.01
20Japan74.69
21Australia74.12
22Greece73.60
23Taiwan72.84
24Cyprus72.60
25Canada72.18
26Portugal71.91
27United States of America71.19
28Slovakia70.60
29Lithuania69.33
30Costa Rica67.85
30Bulgaria67.85
32Qatar67.80
33Czech Republic67.68
34Slovenia67.57
35Trinidad and Tobago67.36
36Saint Vincent and the Grenadines66.48
37Latvia66.12
38Turkmenistan66.10
39Seychelles66.02
40Albania65.46
41Croatia65.45
42Colombia65.22
43Hungary65.01
44Belarus64.98
45Romania64.78
46Dominican Republic64.71
47Uruguay64.65
48Estonia64.31
49Singapore64.23
50Poland64.11
51Venezuela63.89
52Russia63.79
53Brunei Darussalam63.57
54Morocco63.47
55Cuba63.42
56Panama62.71
57Tonga62.49
58Tunisia62.35
59Azerbaijan62.33
60South Korea62.30
61Kuwait62.28
62Jordan62.20
63Armenia62.07
64Peru61.92
65Montenegro61.33
66Egypt61.21
67Lebanon61.08
68Macedonia61.06
69Brazil60.70
70Sri Lanka60.61
71Equatorial Guinea60.40
72Mexico59.69
73Dominica59.38
74Argentina59.30
75Malaysia59.22
76Antigua and Barbuda59.18
77United Arab Emirates58.9
78Jamaica58.58
79Namibia58.46
80Iran58.16
81Belize57.79
82Philippines57.65
83Mongolia57.51
84Serbia57.49
84Chile57.49
86Saudi Arabia57.47
87Ecuador57.42
88Algeria57.18
89Cabo Verde56.94
90Mauritius56.63
91Saint Lucia56.18
92Bolivia55.98
93Barbados55.76
94Georgia55.69
95Kiribati55.26
96Bahrain55.15
97Nicaragua55.04
98Bahamas54.99
99Kyrgyzstan54.86
100Nigeria54.76
101Kazakhstan54.56
102Samoa54.50
103Suriname54.20
104São Tomé and Príncipe54.01
105Paraguay53.93
106El Salvador53.91
107Fiji53.09
108Turkey52.96
109Ukraine52.87
110Guatemala52.33
111Maldives52.14
112Moldova51.97
113Botswana51.70
114Honduras51.51
115Sudan51.49
116Oman51.32
117Zambia50.97
118Grenada50.93
119Tanzania50.83
120China50.74
121Thailand49.88
122Micronesia49.80
123Libya49.79
124Ghana49.66
125Timor-Leste49.54
126Senegal49.52
127Malawi49.21
128Guyana47.93
129Tajikistan47.85
130Kenya47.25
131Bhutan47.22
132Vietnam46.96
133Indonesia46.92
134Guinea46.62
135Mozambique46.37
136Uzbekistan45.88
137Chad45.34
138Myanmar45.32
139Côte d’Ivoire45.25
140Gabon45.05
141Ethiopia44.78
142South Africa44.73
143Guinea-Bissau44.67
144Vanuatu44.55
145Uganda44.28
146Comoros44.24
147Mali43.71
148Rwanda43.68
149Zimbabwe43.41
150Cambodia43.23
151Solomon Islands43.22
152Iraq43.20
153Laos42.94
154Burkina Faso42.83
155Sierra Leone42.54
156Gambia42.42
157Republic of Congo42.39
158Bosnia and Herzegovina41.84
159Togo41.78
160Liberia41.62
161Cameroon40.81
162Swaziland40.32
163Djibouti40.04
164Papua New Guinea39.35
165Eritrea39.34
166Mauritania39.24
167Benin38.17
168Afghanistan37.74
169Pakistan37.5
170Angola37.44
171Central African Republic36.42
172Niger35.74
173Lesotho33.78
174Haiti33.74
175Madagascar33.73
176Nepal31.44
177India30.57
178Dem. Rep. Congo30.41
179Bangladesh29.56
180Burundi27.43
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