This years 2015 cleanest cities in the world ranking bring great surprises. Finland jumped from being the 3rd cleanest city in the world to 12th, Reykjavik lost its position to Vienna, Luxemburg jumped into the 5th position and removed Ottawa from the list, Kobe and Wellington keep improving their position. Ifrane in Morocco invest heavily on its cleanness this year and keep strongly it 2nd position, and Calgary closes the list being the top cleanest city in the world again this year.
The definitions of clean can be very different around the world, however, according to this year’s 2015 study of the 12 cleanest cities, Calgary continues to lead the way among the cleanest cities in the world.
The cleanest city in the world is based in Canada. The water availability and drinkability, waste removal, quality of sewage systems, air pollution and congestion.
All from big fines, public humiliation, each city has a different way to treat their urban cleaning. The truth is that the $ 1,000 fine for “dropping” a cigarette in the street, did result in very positive impact.
Anyone convicted of dropping litter can be fined up to S$1,000 (£480) for the first conviction. Repeat convictions cost up to $5,000 and may lead to a community service orders or anti-littering lectures (only given in Chinese), to curb repeat offenders. In the case of a third offense, law-breakers may be made to wear a sign reading “I am a litter lout”.
Singapore also fines people for putting spent chewing gum anywhere other than a bin ($100), for urinating in lifts ($500), and for failing to flush a public lavatory ($100). Spot checks are regularly made by police officers in public toilet cubicles – there is no point having a law if it’s not enforced.
The result of these fines is plain to see: Singapore is a very clean and tidy island state, albeit one that has also sacrificed certain civil liberties (and, perhaps, a certain amount of creativity). That said, it would take a very dyed-in-the-wool libertarian to fight for the right to pee in an elevator.
There are less punitive ways to be clean and tidy, however. Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, seems to have achieved a clean and litter-free environment without the threat of harsh fines. Not on any of Mercer’s lists, modern Kigali isn’t exactly beautiful. It rises up on a tree-covered slope and is mainly built of concrete, but the level of upkeep is extraordinary.
Following the huge population growth and over-exploitation of natural resources during the last 30 years, the world has experienced severe environmental degradation, fortunately, we are witnessing a global trend to take measures against the impact of climate change.
Applying this concept especially in cities, we developed what is known sustainable urbanism. Some of the cleanest cities in the world include in their environmental programs strategies for economic growth and job creation.
Beyond the beauty of the natural and urban landscapes, culture or even food, there are enough reasons to visit these cities; cleanliness is a bonus that we can not ignore. Each year we take a quality of life surveys that take into account factors such as. The study summarizes results from independent experts of different nationalities and takes into account the below-mentioned factors:
- The quality and availability of drinking water
- Recycling and waste management
- Garbage collection service
- Fluency in transit
- Air quality/pollution
- water availability
- waste removal
- sewage systems
- traffic density
there is may involve some effort to being clean from all aspects not only indoor but outdoor too, some of
have managed it greatly, the 12 top cleanest cities in the world are given below.
Wellington (New Zealand)
Vienna – Austria
Singapore (10 in 2014)
Curitiba – Brazil (11 in 2014)
Brisbane – Australia (12 in 2014)
Helsinki (Finland) (3rd in 2014)