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WHO: Finland's air third-cleanest in world

According to a fresh report from the World Health Organisation, the air in Finland is the third cleanest in the world, and one of the very cleanest parts of the world can be found in Finnish Lapland.

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The Ambient Air Pollution Database is a collection of the amounts of particulate matter in the air, measured from some three thousand regions in one hundred countries between the years of 2008 through 2014. The data for Finland was recorded in 2014. File photo. Image: Mari Pekkanen / Yle

According to the WHO, Finland has the third cleanest air in the world. Only the countries of Sweden and Canada scored better than Finland in this year's Ambient Air Pollution Database. Iceland and Estonia also received high scores for air quality.

The Ambient Air Pollution Database is a collection of the amounts of particulate matter in the air, measured from some three thousand regions in one hundred countries between the years of 2008 through 2014. The data for Finland was recorded in 2014.

The countries with the highest particle concentrations - those with the worst air quality – are found in the Middle East, Far East and Africa, with particulate measurements hundreds of times higher than countries with the cleanest air.

Pallas in Lapland: Cleanest air in the world

In the far north of Finland, the Finnish Meteorological Institute's (FMI) equipment on the Sammaltunturi fell in Lapland detected the cleanest air on earth.

According to the FMI only a few other places in the world are as clean as Sammaltunturi; including Hafnarfjordur in Iceland and Te Anau in New Zealand.

Altogether 22 Finnish municipalities, towns and cities participated in the study, including: Raahe, Kuopio, Lohja, Jyväskylä, Valkeakoski, Kajaani, Vaasa, Imatra, Pori, Mikkeli, Virolahti, Kouvola, Harjavalta, Turku, Kotka, Oulu, Lahti, Jakobstad, Hyvinkää, Lappeenranta, Vantaa, Helsinki and Tampere. The FMI's measurement stations in Pallas/Muonio and Virolahti also participated in the report.

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