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Bulgarian Capital Sofia Ranked 2nd Least Green City in Europe

Date: 16.12.2009

Denmark’s capital Copenhagen is the greenest city in Europe while Bulgaria’s Sofia is 29th out of a total of 30 cities. This is according to the results of a survey carried out by the German company Siemens published as part of the international climate change summit in Copenhagen.

The Danish capital Copenhagen gets 87.31 points out of 100 on the green city index developed by the Economist Intelligence Unit, whereas the least green city in Europe – Ukraine’s capital Kiev has only 32.33 points.

The index takes into account 30 indicators including the carbon dioxide ratio per capita, the recycling ratio, use of public transport, and environmental policies of the municipal authorities.

Sweden’s Stockholm is second with 86.56 points followed by Oslo (83.98), Vienna (83.34), and Amsterdam (83.03).

Bulgaria’s capital Sofia fares little better than Kiev with only 36.85 points. Other Balkan cities such as Bucharest (39.14), Belgrade (40.03), Zagreb (42.36), and Istanbul (45.20) are found to be doing better than Sofia in terms of being green.

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