Thursday, 31 March 2011

Cleanest Cities of the World

1. Calgary (Canada)

Calgary is positioned on 'the fringe of Canada's largest energy belt and enjoys

lower taxes and less stringent regulations', says the Forbes study.

Calgary's economy is also dominated by oil and gas industry, apart from

manufacturing and services.

Calgary, which boasts of impressive infrastructure, is well placed to be one of

the fastest growing urban centres in the world.

2. Honolulu (Hawaii, USA)

Honolulu is the capital of and the most populous census-designated place in

the American state of Hawai.

Honolulu has a warm semiarid climate and enjoys warm weather and plenty of

sunshine throughout the year.

Despite its location in the tropics, the climate (temperature, precipitation and

humidity) is moderated by Hawaii's mid-ocean location.

The industries located in this region are very light and non-polluting.

An excellent bus transit system, has decreased the exhaust and traffic fume


The proximity to the ocean also helps keep the city clean.

3. Ottawa (Canada)

The second city from Canada to make it to the list of the Top 10, Ottawa -- at

rank 4 -- has one of the best volunteer programmes to keep the city green and


The Canadian capital of Ottawa has a humid continental climate with an

extreme range in temperature.

Ottawa hosts a variety of annual activities -- most notable being the

Winterlude Festival on the Rideau Canal in the winter and the National Canada

Day celebrations on Parliament Hill in July.

During their Spring Cleaning the Capital month between April 15 and May 15,

over 60,000 volunteers are present to clean the parks, roads and sidewalks

etc of the city.

Like other green cities, Ottawa residents rely on a good light rail transport

system to commute, thereby reducing the fumes in the city.

4. Helsinki (Finland)

Helsinki is the capital and largest city in Finland.

It is Finland's major political, educational, financial, cultural and research


Approximately 70 per cent of foreign companies operating in Finland have

settled in the Helsinki region.

In 2009, Helsinki was chosen to be the World Design Capital.

5. Wellington (New Zealand)

Wellington is the capital city and third most populous urban area of New


The Wellington urban area is the major population centre of the southern

North Island, and is the seat of the Wellington Region -- which in addition to

the urban area covers the Kapiti Coast and Wairarapa.

The urban area includes four cities: Wellington City, on the peninsula between

Cook Strait and Wellington Harbour; Porirua City on Porirua Harbour to the

north; Lower Hutt City and Upper Hutt City.

6. Minneapolis (USA)

Minneapolis, nicknamed 'City of Lakes' and the 'Mill City,' is the county seat

of Hennepin County, the largest city in the US state of Minnesota, and the

48th largest in the United States.

Known as the 'Twin Cities,' Minneapolis-St. Paul is the 16th-largest

metropolitan area in the United States, with 3.5 million residents.

Its name is attributed to the city's first school teacher, who combined mni,

the Dakota word for water, and polis, the Greek word for city.

The city is abundantly rich in water with over twenty lakes and wetlands, the

Mississippi river, creeks and waterfalls, many connected by parkways in the

Chain of Lakes and the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway.

7. Adelaide (Australia)

Adelaide is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of

South Australia, and is the fifth-largest city in Australia.

Named in honour of Queen Adelaide, the German-born consort of King William

IV, the city was founded in 1836.

It is known as 'The City of Churches'.

Adelaide has an estimated population of more than 1.28 million.

Adelaide is a coastal city situated on the eastern shores of Gulf St Vincent,

on the Adelaide Plains, north of the Fleurieu Peninsula, between Gulf St

Vincent and the low-lying Mount Lofty Ranges.

The suburbs reach roughly 20 km (12 mi) from the coast to the foothills but

sprawl 100 km (62 mi) from Gawler at its northern extent to Sellicks Beach in

the south.

8. Copenhagen (Denmark)

Copenhagen is the capital and largest city of Denmark situated on the islands

of Zealand and Amager.

Copenhagen has repeatedly been recognised as one of the cities with the best

quality of life.

It is also considered one of the world's most environmentally friendly


The water in the inner harbour is so clean that one can swim in it, and 36 per

cent of all citizens commute to work by bicycle.

Every day they cycle a combined 1.2 million km.

9. Kobe (Japan)

Kobe is Japan's sixth-largest city and is a great holiday destination.

Hot springs of Arima Onsen, Ikuta Shrine and Kobe Port Tower, which

provides stunning night views of the city are some of the hottest tourist


Prefecture on the southern side of the main island of Honshu, approximately

500 km (310.69 mi) west of Tokyo.

Kobe is a prominent port city.

The city is located in the Kansai region of Japan and is part of the Keihanshin

metropolitan area along with Osaka and Kyoto.

10. Oslo (Norway)

Oslo is the world's most expensive city. It is the capital and the largest city

in Norway.

Founded around 1048 by King Harald III of Norway, the city was largely

destroyed by a fire in 1624.

The Danish Norwegian king Christian IV rebuilt the city as Christiania (briefly

also spelt Kristiania).

In 1925 the city reclaimed its original Norwegian name, Oslo.

Oslo is the cultural, scientific, economic and governmental centre of


The city is also a hub of Norwegian trade, banking, industry and shipping.

It is also an important centre for maritime industries and maritime trade in


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