The small and snow-capped capital of Iceland, Reykjavik, is the city with the most green places.According to the Dutch travel company TravelBird. The agency looks at the largest countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and selects 50 reference cities that are leading tourist destinations.
Auckland in New Zealand ranks second, followed by the Slovakian capital Bratislava and Scottish Gothenburg, Sydney in Australia ranked fifth in the index.
The top 10 also include:
- Prague (Czech Republic)
- Rome (Italy)
- Bern (Switzerland)
- Hamburg (Germany)
- Riga (Latvia)
In this ranking, Tokyo was named the least green city, followed by Turkish Istanbul, Athens in Greece, Lyon in France and Santiago, Chile.
The results acknowledge that big cities are making great efforts to be sustainable by preserving environmental zones and introducing initiatives to improve the quality and quantity of green areas.
The World Health Organization has announced that urban green areas help people feel more relaxed, reduce stress levels and also protect against harmful pollutants.
Very popular city destinations around the world have taken significant steps towards preserving and creating green areas, and with this index we strive to inspire passengers to see the trips in a different way, inviting them to connect with nature while enjoying the urban culture, say the agency.