Norway tops expat-ranked sustainability survey

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Norway is one of the most sustainable destinations in the world, according to the Expat Insider survey that came out in spring of 2020.

A total of 15,000 expats from over 170 countries placed Finland’s, Sweden’s, and Norway’s sustainability at the top of the list.

Sustainability criteria

65 aspects of life abroad were rated as part of the survey.

There were three main environmental and sustainability criteria: quality of the environment, products and utilities, and policies and people.

Here are the factors that went into each category.

“Quality of the environment” encompassed natural environment, air quality, and water quality and treatment.

“Products and utilities” surveyed sustainable goods and services, energy supply, and waste management, and recycling.

“Policies and people” included green government policies and environmental awareness.

Where did Norway excel?

Norway’s sustainability fared quite well across the board.

Almost 90% of expats taking part in the survey reported that the Norwegian government promoted policies that protect the environment.

The global average was just 55%, on the other hand.

Other factors that expats saw as influencing everyday life in Norway helped the country’s positive ranking, too.

These included fresh air, clean tap water, outdoorsy lifestyles, and an overall focus on coexisting with nature.

The Nordic countries overall fared well, in fact. Many ranked among the survey’s top twenty countries, which are:

  1. Finland
  2. Sweden
  3. Norway
  4. Austria
  5. Switzerland
  6. Denmark
  7. New Zealand
  8. Germany
  9. Canada
  10. Luxembourg
  11. Taiwan
  12. Netherlands
  13. Portugal
  14. Estonia
  15. Costa Rica
  16. Czechia
  17. France
  18. Australia
  19. Singapore
  20. Spain

Source: Norway Today


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