Top 10 Cleanest Countries In the World

The Top Ten
1 Norway Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a sovereign and unitary monarchy in Northern Europe whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula plus the island Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard. ...read more.

Norway is, without a doubt, one of the world's cleanest countries. Norway is spotless everywhere, from the big cities to the rural areas. Norwegians are disciplined and know how to properly dispose their trash. They make sure that their country is free from any dirt.

I went to a music festival, they literately checked the porter potty after each person used it, to see if it needed to be cleaned, and if you dropped trash on the grass, it would literally get picked up within 5 minutes!

Immaculate... and this is again as with Japan because the Norwegians have a thought process which lends itself to improvement and tidy productivity!

Never been, but all the sources tell me its by far the cleanest. Takes the number one spot for countries using renewable energy

2 Sweden Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. ...read more.

Sweden is the country I live in and it is the cleanest and it has other great countries around it that are very clean as well like Finland, Norway, Switzerland, and Denmark. By far this area of the world is the cleanest in trash, crime, and just being beautiful.

America could learn some things from Sweden, Iceland, and Finland. Just saying. Sweden is a very beautiful place and I would love to visit there for a long time in the future

Sweden is the cleanest, and so perhaps are it's neighbours. Except Finland, that dirty dump doesn't deserve to be mentioned in this list.

Sweden is so clean. The air is fresh and many trees. It is a fascinating country and I hope to live there someday.

3 Singapore Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, and often referred to as the Lion City, the Garden City, and the Red Dot, is a global city and sovereign state in Southeast Asia and the world's only island city-state.

Singapore has some of the toughest regulations about littering, sanitation, and environmental concern. I can see why Singapore is quite clean, even my father who is a Singaporean is particularly strict about cleanness both at home or when we are out. Although its cleanest hasn't reached any European cities' or even Japan's level of cleanness.

Really? Are you kidding me?
Singapore is like the World's most cleanest country.

Even though I'm from Singapore, you HAVE to see the laws of Singapore. I'm not being bias.

Singapore is the cleanest country anywhere you should read the law book if you don't agree. we watched someone get arrested for throwing gum on the ground and taking durian onto a train!

Partially clean when it comes to an issue where pollution is commonly existent in the City State. However they are able to restrict certain aspects of throwing rubbish and chewing gum than can result to hefty fines

4 United States The United States of America, or the U.S.A. for short, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, 48 of them are contiguous states. There are two other states, Alaska and Hawaii, which are north and south of the contiguous states, respectively. The United States declared its independence from the ...read more.

The problem is that people in the US are more individualistic than people of Japan. This means that in Japan, people love their country so much they do whatever to keep it clean. America is different.

However, individualism and freedom in America are no longer as extreme as maybe in 1900. If you think America is dirty today, you should see us in 1900. In 1900, pollution was a huge issue along with crowded tenements, migration crisis (immigrants were literally flooding this place faster than we could handle them), lack of a sewage system (so the streets were really dirty), and all sorts of corruption problems.

If you don't like the politics today, get in a time machine and go back to 1900, and you'll appreciate America for what it has today.

It is perhaps hard to comment generally on the USA's cleanliness because it is so vast and different states have a different attitude to cleanliness. LA is by far one of the dirtiest and most disappointing places I have visited within the US. I felt mucky all the time I was there, which to say it has some of the most affluent inhabitants is remarkable! New York however should feel awash with the city's pollution and dirt, and in fairness there is a garbage problem but it doesn't feel as murky as LA or Las Vegas for example. The East Coast - places like Bar Harbour feel very clean and their councils take great pride in the appearance and overall cleanliness, but other states like Michigan, Nebraska feel generally like more attention could be paid to things like refuse, garbage and how the shop fronts appear for example. Texas is polar in appearance - from really poor to really affluent depending on which part you go to. Not the cleanest country though generally!

More better roads and streets. Beautiful houses whenever I pass to their houses, I can see Beautiful garden and arranged things.. Very clean country too, and intelligent people.. I am American and born in NJ. Everywhere I go to New York City is very clean USA is way cleaner than Mexico. I would to visit European Countries there Clean like Canada and USA The best USA Deserves to be on this list.

Although USA is dirty now, but soon probably in 2040 or 2050, USA will become one of the cleanest countries in the world. Despite the power of the US, there will be less pollution.
Now some cities like Portland, Miami, Honolulu, Chicago, San Francisco, Boise and many more are one of the cleanest cities in the world.

5 India India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country (with over 1.2 billion people), and the most populous democracy in the world. Its capital is New Delhi. Some other major cities are Mumbai, Chennai, and Ahemdabad. ...read more.

India has the highest amount of e-waste.
Go to Kasi (a very ancient holy place) where the holy Ganges river passes through. People there dump the corpses of dead people into the river believing that doing such will make them go heaven.
How can you rate India as a clean country? Very funny.
North Indians don't have any civic sense they chew Gutkha (Tobacco mixed with spices) and spit everywhere they want.
Indian metropolitan cities have high levels of sulphur content in the air and making Indians more prone to lung related diseases.
Indian cities are facing acute water shortage and they can't rely on groundwater because they are highly brackish.
Indians don't take care of their environment and they are involved in deforestation and converting fertile farm lands near metropolitan cities into buildings thus affecting the ecosystem.

How on Earth did India qualify in this list? If you visit Kolkata, Mumbai and New Delhi which are the three major densely populated cities in India. Garbage is present in every block and every street as well as it's common to see people publicly defecate near the curbs. Sure, India is set to become a superpower from their constant economic growth but it will be the most populated country in the world thanks to the high birth rates.

People fear getting diseases because it's so dirty there. Indians don't let their babies outside until they're a certain age, and this started all because of the huge fear of diseases. In other countries, it's perfectly safe to bring your child to the outside world and you have no worry or fear doing it. If India is so clean, explain this!

How the hell is India cleaner than France and Canada? India is so dirty... Why can't the bloody Modi make a toilet for people... To be honest a friend of mine went to India and she showed me her pictures in the capital city... people actually urine on the road and bathes with the cows urine... I don't know whether I'm ready to visit there or not...

6 Canada Canada is a country in North America that is next to the United States, and it's the 2nd largest country in the world by area (size is 9.985 million kmĀ²). This country has 10 provinces, and 3 territories. Canada became a dominion on July 1, 1867. Its 10 provinces are: Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, ...read more.

Canada is by far the cleanest country in the world, this is mainly because of the way Canadians think and how much they want to keep there country clean. But of course if you go into Toronto or Montreal there will be trash and grime in certain areas, but you expect that in every major city around the world

Cleaner then idiot america. I am a canadian and I think canada sweden germany and australia is better then the united states.

I've seen people in Canada stop what they were doing, and clean up trash from the floor. It's pretty clean alright.

Because of Calgary which is the cleanest country in the world!

7 Japan Japan is an island country in East Asia in the Pacific Ocean. It lies off the eastern coast of the Asia Mainland (east of China, Korea, Russia) and stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and near Taiwan in the southwest. ...read more.

I come from Japan but I like in Australia. The first time I came here I was like to my mum - is this really Australia? It looks more like a junkyard.
Well, I got used to the Australian culture, and I go back to Japan. Then I go " what is this! It's so clean! "
Literally, I go to have a bath, and when I hop in the bathtub it goes "squeak! "
My grandma probably scrubbed it until it got scratched!

Japan is so clean and comfortable, you don't even have to worry about your possessions getting dirty anywhere! their public toilets are extremely clean except maybe in tourist sites such as in Dotonbori in Osaka where the public toilet is a bit smelly and dirty, which are probably due to the tourists that visit there. Other than that the whole country is very very clean!

By far the cleanest country I have visited, and I am well travelled. Japan has a thought process and code which engenders cleanliness. It is unquestionably unacceptable to be untidy and unclean for example so everything tends to follow suit. It is a great place for anyone with OCD!

A story.
One day morning, I watched a child pick up garbage along a road,having plastic bag.
Is that a kind of skyscraper? or some punishment? ,volunteer boy?
Then, I was busy and I had to go to my office as soon as possible. I could not say anything and ask to him why he does that.
If he is, Japan will be clean forever.

8 Austria Austria was Celtic (Hallstadt) then as Noricum, part of the Roman Empire, Alaric, who took over Rome, studied at a monastery near Vienna. In the Middle Ages, the Holy Roman Emperors moved to Vienna, then Austria became separate. Medieval documents from Eastern Europe as far as West Ukraine were often ...read more.

Vienna is so clean even though it's a capital, also they literally mop/sweep all of the roads. If you litter you will be attacked by about 100 people

In my opinion Austria is the most beautiful and cleanest country of the world.

9 Iceland Iceland, also called the Republic of Iceland, is a Nordic island country between the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean.

Why is this 12 this should be number 1 it is the cleanest country in the world and it's so beautiful but is low the population and young beautiful people too!

Iceland is more than beautiful! It has 100% clean water and almost no one is smoking!

The population of Iceland is really low, which makes it a really clean country.

Iceland is one of the cleanest places I've ever seen!

10 Germany Germany was formally united in 1871 under the initiative of Bismarck with King Wilhelm of Prussia as emperor. The previous 'Holy Roman Empire', basically a continuation of the empire of Charlemagne/Karl der Grosse was dissolved in 1806. ...read more.

Shame in you people to put Germany at number I while India number 2. You don't seem to know what real beauty and cleanest are.

I am from Germany and can tell you that the city of Hamburg is going to be car free by 2020.

Germany is one of the most developed countries and it is too beautiful.

They use more renewable energy than any other country on Earth.

The Contenders
11 Switzerland Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a federal republic in Europe. It consists of 26 cantons, and the city of Bern is the seat of the federal authorities. ...read more.

Every inch of the country is so spotless, even the water is so clean and so clear like crystals. The environment looks so pristine and flawless, even there was an article from the magazine I have read that suggested everyone who want to improve their body health to go to Switzerland for vacation. There are so many researches and reports said that Switzerland is the cleanest country on earth with the best environmental records.

I traveled Switzerland a while back and everything was so clean, it was quite a shock for me personally because I knew it would be clean but not that clean. Public transport and roads are clean, water is clean, bathrooms are clean. They have a very good waste removal system for recycling

I have visited Switzerland, and found it very clean. No garbage anywhere. I didn't notice people peeing in the footpath even once (unlike here in India). It is ridiculous that Switzerland is ranked 10th, while India is ranked No. 2.

It's so clean because even the money is laundered.

No really, the nature is pretty impressive, and the country has no big-scale industry.

12 France France, officially the French Republic, is a sovereign state comprising territory in western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The European part of France, called metropolitan France, extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to ...read more.

The less clean are Paris and Nice (the 2 most touristic places they both gather more than 47 million visitors per year), Paris is not the largest Capital city by far and Nice only 800,000 inhabitants. And that only in few quarters, all the villages (stunning middle age ones) are all clean and landscape is also clean as well as the so numerous hiking trails, castles, churches, beaches (more than 40,000 km of coast)...

Well, it's really cleaner than we were excepted, even cleaner that most of European countries we have visited, especially Southern and Eastern Europe. Maybe the only place a bit dirty is the touristic Paris. But as soon you leave the touristic areas of Paris, it's really clean. The country side, villages, ocean coast are without any trash.

Paris is not the cleanest capital city, also because Paris is densest capital city and the most visited in the world. And also because the highest level of domestic dogs per inhabitant.
But all the rest of France is really clean, a bit less close to Mediterranean sea, but much lower than the normal level of trash noted in Med. regions (OECD Source).

France is a clean country, large cities, especially Paris and Nice (the most touristic ones) are the less clean, because of the high density of population (Paris is the most densely populated European capital city). All the rest of France, cities, villages, country side, beaches are clean.

13 Finland Finland, officially the Republic of Finland, is a sovereign state in Europe. It has a capital of Helsinki and got independence from the Soviet Union after WWI.

Finland is in the top 5 over 75% of Finland is forest and it is growing every year it invests heavily in renewables, England's forests have been obliterated, India has serious problems with pollution, China releases over 3.8 billion tonnes of coal into the atmosphere each year, France has done nuclear testing, the oil industry in Canada destroys its forest and natural beauty, columbia has massive slums. This list is a joke

I have been there! It's the best. Finland has the kindest people in the world.

This list is a joke, Finland belong at least to top ten.

My vote is for Finland

14 Denmark Denmark is a Scandinavian country in Europe. The southernmost of the Nordic countries, it is south-west of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany.

Denmark is a very clean country. They have trashbins all over the city of Copenhagen & we saw people hired to collect trash many times - Both in the city, stations and parks.. So good!

Greenland is a part of Denmark and the actual Denmark is well kept itself.

Where is the garbage? I can't see it ;

How is Italy behind this.

15 New Zealand New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. ...read more.

I think people are just voting for their own countries. How are countries like China and India above New Zealand?

New Zealand is very clean its cleaner than France I went to France it is very dirty NZ should be in top 10 at least.

New Zealand is the greatest and magnificent country in my experience!

New Zealand is a very pretty country with some of the cleanest swatter, and I am Lithuanian.

16 South Korea South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea, is a sovereign state in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula. About 25 million people, around half of the country's population of 51 million, live in the Seoul Capital Area.

Yeah maybe some business people throwing cards on street but did you see a lot of it? Well nope, the public market is organized well, we just can't take off out the world that there are many bad humans..

Korea is very clean. I don't know why Japan has more votes than Korea because I think Japan should be 0%. Japan is not clean. If you go to Japan and see it, it is dirtier than a dumpster place.

Yes South Korea is very clean like Japan and North Korea there is some lady named Ren who was born In South Korea she Speaks Korean.She told me that they heat the floors or was that North Korea.

Dude seriously Korea is more clean than most of the so called top ten cleanest countries I mean come on and I assure you South Korea is very vbery cleazn.

17 Australia Australia, officially known as the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. Australia has a very warm climate and is very dry. The country's official language is English.

Very clean EXCEPT for a few things:

1) The Fires from the Government napalming entire sections of bush due to the civil war, combined with the literally hundreds of factories all over West Australia and South Australia, have made both of those states have pretty bad air quality compared with the rest of the island, Australian Capital Territory also has a ton of factories, so their air quality is also horrendous.

2) Protests will leave the streets completely torn apart by Government gunfire and airstrikes, and sine Melbourne is the city where all the protests usually take place, this means Melbourne is about a scale of "pretty dirty" to just plain nasty about once every year.

The good things:

Some of the cleanest streets in the world, though we aren't like North Korea. We're pretty out in the open with our government's totalitarianism, and we're basically like Syria and Russia in those respects, so the streets are pretty well..used...walked on...I guess you ...more

Ok I just have to sa that Australia cannot be considered below Japan in this listing. I do have a biased opinion, being Australian, but we are a very clean people.
We have amazingly harsh (but great) cigarette laws that have cut smoking rates in half in recent times. We also have almost 0 pollution in our cities. The closest thing we had was a dust storm that came through Sydney almost 10 years ago. We also do not have dirty high-rise apartments that destroy our skyline and become homes to trash. Most Aussies live in stand-alone dwellings which invoke a sense of pride and cleanness. Look at an aerial photo of any Aussie city an you'll see what I mean.

Australia is a continent first before it is a country.
Australia is huge with very small population of wealthy, beautiful, and sexy anglo-saxons who are blessed with this beautiful continent. Aussies have done an excellent job but they need to make sure their environment and landscape stays pristine and beautiful.

The strict immigration laws is one of the reasons the continent is still underdeveloped, which is why it is still beautiful in its organic and natural beauty.
God bless the Aussies and their commitment for a greener, cleaner and sexy continent.

Australia is rated as having the 4th best air to breathe.Also it is sparsely populated so not to many people are living in the main part of Australia. Littering and dropping a cigarette is taken very seriously here

18 Slovenia Slovenia, officially the Republic of Slovenia, is a nation state in southern Central Europe, located at the crossroads of main European cultural and trade routes.

Slovenia seems to be completely overlooked in most of these lists since they are based on people voting (hence India being fourth here at the time I write this) But any legitimate list will tell you it is undoubtedly one of the cleanest countries on the planet.

You can say that sweden or other countryier are clean but Slovenija is the cleanest countrz in the world.

19 Poland Poland, officially the Republic of Poland, is a country in Central Europe, bordered by Germany to the west; the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south; Ukraine and Belarus to the east; and the Baltic Sea, Kaliningrad Oblast (a Russian exclave) and Lithuania to the north. With a population of approximately ...read more.
20 Moldova Moldova, officially the Republic of Moldova, is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe, bordered by Romania to the west and Ukraine to the north, east, and south.
21 Ukraine Ukraine is a sovereign country in Eastern Europe, bordered by Russia to the east and northeast, Belarus to the northwest, Poland and Slovakia to the west, Hungary, Romania, and Moldova to the southwest, and the Black Sea and Sea of Azov to the south and southeast, respectively.
22 Serbia Serbia, officially the Republic of Serbia, is a sovereign state situated at the crossroads between Central and Southeast Europe, covering the southern part of the Pannonian Plain and the central Balkans.

Clean and beatiful. I was had no words when I was come there. Perfectland is Serbia's nickname, by me!

Beautiful clean country.

It is so clean!

23 China China, officially the People's Republic of China, is a sovereign state in East Asia. It is the world's most populous state, with a population of over 1.388 billion. It was established in 1949 by Chairman Mao, the president of the communist party. Its capital is Beijing. The major cities are Shanghai, ...read more.

Chinese people ignore everything so for them it must be clean, forgive them.

I was born in this country. People here are extremely kind.

China is much more cleaner than India for sure.

The cities are pretty clean. The villages are dirty.

24 England England, previously the Kingdom of England, is a constituent country of the United Kingdom along with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. ...read more.

Compared to places like India really... England should not be this far down, but then to be fair there is a real split between the really nice areas and the really bad ones if people have looked at the bad ones then they will have thought it was vile! Parts of Central London for example are really dirty especially when the bin men are on strike! But then go to the Cotswolds and it's a different thing altogether!

Depends where you are in england, my water comes from one of the UKs cleanest rivers. When you visit the rivers up in the moors it is very transparent, although our water has more iron and less calcuim than it should have.

U.K. Is actually statistically shown as the inventor of bins and the only reason they are so far down is because of how small it is

Um, England is not a country! It is a country in the United Kingdom, get it? That is TRUE!

25 Colombia Colombia, officially the Republic of Colombia, is a country situated in the northwest of South America, bordered to the northwest by Panama; to the east by Venezuela and Brazil; to the south by Ecuador and Peru; and it shares maritime limits with Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Jamaica, Dominican Republic ...read more.

Colombia is not a clean country. As you can see on internet slums are worst.

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