When deciding on places in the world to travel to, people should take the quality of life into consideration. That includes thinking about how much pollution is prevalent in any given area.
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There are many cities in the world with a terribly quality of life simply due to the amount of smog and air pollution. You don't realize what inhaling so much pollution can do to you in the long-term, and if you're able to, it would be best to live somewhere with clean air. Here are 10 cities in the world with the cleanest air.
10 Reykjavík, Iceland
Not only is Reykjavík the largest city in Iceland, but it is also the country's capital and by far the cleanest city. Architectural Digest labeled Reykjavik as one of the cleanest cities in the world earlier this year. The city is devoted to finding alternative energy sources which is what helps make the air so breathable and clean.
In some parts of Reykjavik, you can even drink the natural waters because they are pure and untouched by pollution. The city is a beautiful one to visit if you're a fan of any kind of aquatic activities.
9 Honolulu, Hawaii
Honolulu is the capital of Hawaii and a major tourist destination. Many people take dream vacations to Hawaii due to the natural beauty of the islands and the many beaches. There is plenty to do and see there including local animals and flora to be found. If you're a fan of surfing and other water activities, Honolulu is likely very appealing.
Well, there's an even better reason to plan your trip to Honolulu. It is one of the cities in the US with the cleanest air. It has the least amount of air pollution, as reported by the Pacific Business Journal.
8 Wellington, New Zealand
It may be one of the windiest cities in the world, but the capital of New Zealand is a glorious place to visit if you want to take a deep breath of air and be assured you're not inhaling chemicals and pollutants. Wellington was declared one of the cities with the cleanest air in the world.
The city is already a picturesque spot with its sandy beaches and breezy lifestyle, but now you can plan your trip and inhale the cool, refreshing air for yourself! Perhaps that's why the Lord of the Rings movies are so good. Sir Peter Jackson was raised in one of the cleanest places around.
7 Calgary, Canada
Calgary is the largest city in Alberta and one of the largest municipalities in all of Canada. It's recognized as one of the best places in the world to live due to its cleanliness and high quality of life. It was ranked by The Economist as one of the most liveable cities in the world.
Calgary had a booming economy for many years due to the rise of oil prices. It is known for its rich culture and many festivals, such as the Calgary Stampede. The city is becoming an increasingly popular place for tourists to flock.
6 Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki is the capital of Finland. It is another city on this that is extremely populous, which makes the fact it ranked so high on the livability scale all the more impressive. Helsinki is the epicenter of politics, culture, and research in Finland. It has close ties to Stockholm, Sweden, and Saint Petersburg.
Among the Nordic countries, Helsinki is one of the most notorious areas for tourism and it is technically, the only metropolis city you'll find in the Finland area. The city is part of the Clean Air Initiative and takes the monitoring of its ecosystems very seriously to maintain its sterling reputation.
5 Bangor, Maine
Bangor is a relatively small town located in Maine with some of the cleanest air in the entire United States. The town is also known for having incredibly low crime rates. It has a vibrant heart, full of excellent shopping, a state-of-the-heart hospital, and if you're a creative mind, you'll find yourself overwhelmed by many art galleries, theater, and music in the area.
According to a recent report by the American Lung Association, the air quality in Maine's ozone has worsened, but Bangor is still one of the cities with the cleanest air in the country.
4 Adelaide, Australia
If you live in Australia, or maybe you just want to visit, consider going to Adelaide. It is easily one of the best places to live across the entire continent. Adelaide has long been considered one of the best cities, not only in Australia but in the entire world to live.
You might think that living in a city with such a stellar reputation would be expensive but that isn't the case. It actually has a pretty low cost of living. The weather is quite mild and the air is very clean. There is also lots to do in the area and it is close to many of the popular tourist attractions.
3 Zurich, Switzerland
Switzerland is known for having a high quality of life and some of the cleanest air in the world.
You don't even realize how affected you are by air pollutants until you visit somewhere with virtually none. The worst thing about Zurich is that it is one of the most expensive places in the world to live. It has an impeccable reputation, but you won't be able to afford living here unless you have very deep pockets.
2 Halifax, Canada
Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia, is one of the country's major economic centers and where many of the government and private sector services are provided. It's also home to several notable universities and fishing ports.
Halifax takes their air cleanliness very seriously and has implemented several measures to ensure their city stays ahead of the curve when it comes to all things pollution and alternative methods of energy. Halifax is a beautiful place to live or visit with much to do and see.
1 Hamburg, Germany
Hamburg is a major port city and one of the largest parkland areas. It shouldn't come as much of a surprise that a city in Germany would rank as one of the cities in the world with the cleanest air. Recently, Germany set aside more than 500 million euros specifically to sponsor the Clean Air Initiative.
Hamburg was one of the first cities to step up and place a ban on old diesel fuel engines to cut down on air pollution. Hamburg puts extreme importance in maintaining a respectable and healthy environment, more so than many other countries in the world.