March 8, 2017

Helsinki one of the cleanest capital cities on Earth

Helsinki locals have embraced cycling as a mode of transport.
Helsinki locals have embraced cycling as a mode of transport.
Visit Helsinki / Aku Pöllänen

The Telegraph has published a list of the top 10 cleanest capital cities in the world, with Helsinki coming in eighth place.

The British daily compiled a list of cities worldwide that contain the fewest traces of PM 2.5 – tiny pollution particles that measure two and a half microns or less in width.

Similar to its neighbouring cities in the Nordic region, Helsinki’s enthusiasm for pedal power helped it achieve a high ranking. According to the article, “The city now has 2 400 odd miles of cycle lanes, which have been enthusiastically embraced by locals.”

The Telegraph also noted Helsinki’s ambitious plan to make motor vehicle ownership obsolete by 2025.

At the top of the list was Stockholm, followed by Wellington and Canberra.

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