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Sarajevo is ”The greenest” capital in Europe

According to a study conducted by researcher at the Agricultural Research Center Muncheberg Phillipp Gartner, Sarajevo is ”The greenest” capital in Europe. Of neighboring cities, Ljubljana is located on the third, Zagreb on the 12th , and Belgrade on the 23rd place.

Because of the growing global trend of migration from rural to urban areas, parks, gardens and city greenery in general are becoming more important. While life in urban centers can lead to easier employment, education, health care, it has its negative side, such as increased stress, less open space, fresh air and nature.

Researcher Phillipp Gartner wanted to find an answer to the question of which of the European cities is ”The Greenest”. He used a method that processed satellite imagery and compared the vegetation indices of 42 capitals in Europe, and the survey covered an area of eight kilometers from the city center.

”Located in the Sarajevo valley, surrounded by the Dinaric Alps and situated along the river Miljacka, Sarajevo is one of the smallest capitals in Europe,” said the Gartner’s analysis.

Sarajevo The greenest capital in Europe
Sarajevo The greenest capital in Europe

This is a list of the European capitals ranging from the ones with the highest to those with the least green areas, comparing their vegetation indices:

  1. Sarajevo – 0.6778  
  2. Vaduz – 0.6738
  3. Ljubljana – 0.6114
  4. Andorra La Vella – 0.6074
  5. Bern – 0.5996
  6. Luxembourg – 0.5801
  7. Vilnius – 0.5137
  8. Talin – 0.459
  9. Monaco – 0.4395
  10. Oslo – 0.4356
  11. Riga – 0.4238
  12. Zagreb – 0.4121
  13. Bratislava – 0.4043
  14. Chisinau – 0.3926
  15. Kiev – 0.3887
  16. Stockholm – 0.3777
  17. Helsinki – 0.3769
  18. Prague – 0.3692
  19. Warsaw – 0.3653
  20. Pristina – 0.3535
  21. Sofia – 0.3379
  22. Skopje – 0.3105
  23. Belgrade – 0.295
  24. Dablin – 0.291
  25. Tirana – 0.2793
  26. Minsk – 0.2718
  27. Copenhagen – 0.2637
  28. Rejkjavik – 0.2637
  29. Berlin – 0.2519
  30. Bucharest – 0.2519
  31. Podgorica – 0.2363
  32. Amsterdam – 0.2285
  33. Brisel – 0.1973
  34. Vienna – 0.1738
  35. Rome – 0.1699
  36. Madrid – 0.1543
  37. Moscow – 0.1426
  38. London – 0.1348
  39. Lisbon – 0.127
  40. Riga – 0.1191
  41. Valeta – 0.0957
  42. Athens – 0.0879

The full analysis can be found here.