Litter survey finds Rīga cleanest of 10 cities

Rīga is the cleanest of 10 European cities according to a survey on littering, while Dublin is the dirtiest capital, says the organization Irish Business Against Litter.

“The overall impression was of a city which was in spotless condition,” the organization said of Rīga in its Oct. 22 announcement.

The anti-litter organization found Rīga to be cleaner than Vienna, Strasbourg, Cologne, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Zurich, Stockholm, Amsterdam and Dublin. Rīga and six other cities were labeled “clean,” Stockholm earned a “moderately littered” tag, and Amsterdam and Dublin were deemed “littered.”

The survey examined “key tourist areas including train stations, parks, main streets, universities, museums and churches or cathedrals and their surroundings,” IBAL said in a press release.

The group added that Dublin’s last-place result is embarassing in part because of the city’s relative affluence. Of the 10 cities in the survey, the Irish capital is the third most expensive, according to a cost of living survey by Geneva-based Mercer Human Resource Consulting.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

One thought on “Litter survey finds Rīga cleanest of 10 cities

  1. It’s a shame they didn’t take a walk in the woods around Riga-they could have found lots of spare parts for their old cars, fridges and washing machines.

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