Countries Ranked by Air Pollution
Statistic Verification
Source: World Health Organization
Research Date: 10.15.2012
PM10 represents particles in the air that we consider pollution. These particles might be smoke, dirt, mold, pollen etc. PM10 are the larger course particles that are kicked up into the air and spread around causing severe health effects. PM2.5 represents fine particles such as toxic compounds and heavy metals caused by fires and metal smelting. Below is a list of where each country ranks by PM10 measured in the air.
PM10 Air Quality Index Air Quality Description
0 – 50 Good
51 – 100 Moderate
101 – 150 Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups
151 – 200 Unhealthy
201 – 300 Very Unhealthy
301 – 500 Hazardous
Countries Ranked by Air Pollution
Country Annual mean PM10 ug/m3 Above or below world average of 71ug/m3 Urban population coverage (%)
Mongolia 279 208 70%
Botswana 216 145 27%
Pakistan 198 127 40
Senegal 145 74 50%
Saudi Arabia 143 72 52
Egypt 138 67 21
United Arab Emirates 132 61 30.73
Iran (Islamic Republic of) 124 53 45
Nigeria 124 53 40%
Kuwait 123 52 71
Bangladesh 120 49 41%
Bosnia and Herzegovina 117 46 21%
India 109 38 91% by state (37% by metropolitan city)
Nepal 106 35 19%
Ghana 98 27 18%
China 98 27 24%
Myanmar 94 23 34%
Bolivia (Plurinational State of) 82 11 39
Tunisia 80 9 74.38
Sri Lanka 77 6 22%
Peru 74 3 41
Colombia 71 -0 34
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 70 -1 100%
Madagascar 68 -3 30%
Turkey 66 -5 29%
United Republic of Tanzania 64 -7 29%
Chile 62 -9 62
Republic of Korea 61 -10 67%
Bulgaria 60 -11 40%
Israel 59 -12 64%
Mexico 55 -16 46
Indonesia 55 -16 19%
Cyprus 53 -18 100%
Lebanon 53 -18 51
El Salvador 52 -19 14
South Africa 52 -19 21%
Jamaica 48 -23 47
Guatemala 48 -23 45
Philippines 47 -24 22%
Greece 44 -27 66%
Serbia 43 -28 22%
Algeria 42 -29 15%
Malaysia 42 -29 42%
Romania 42 -29 35%
Thailand 41 -30 60%
Venezuela 41 -30 11
Brazil 40 -31 33
Panama 40 -31 29
Uruguay 39 -32 43
Latvia 39 -32 48%
Argentina 38 -33 35%
Italy 37 -34 28%
Ecuador 35 -36 22
Malta 35 -36 13%
Russian Federation 32.5 -38 11%
Croatia 33 -38 37%
Poland 33 -38 46%
Singapore 32 -39 100%
Slovenia 30 -41 28%
Spain 29 -42 27%
Czech Republic 29 -42 35%
Portugal 28 -43 17%
Costa Rica 28 -44 55
Denmark 27 -44 21%
Slovakia 27 -44 21%
France 27 -44 38%
Hungary 27 -44 30%
Belgium 26 -45 22%
Netherlands 26 -45 17%
Sweden 25 -46 21%
Austria 25 -46 38%
Germany 25 -46 36%
Belarus 24 -47 39
Iceland 24 -47 40%
United Kingdom 23 -48 29%
Japan 22 -49 13%
Norway 22 -49 25%
New Zealand 22 -49 64%
Switzerland 22 -49 12%
Lithuania 21 -50 30%
Finland 19 -52 20%
San Marino 20 -52 100%
Luxembourg 18 -53 21%
United States of America 18 -53 NA
Monaco 18 -53 100%
Bhutan 18 -53 40%
Ireland 15 -56 21%
Canada 13 -58 78%
Australia 13 -58 89%
Mauritius 12 -59 27%
Estonia 11 -60 43%
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