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Greece in the Top 5 of the European countries with the cleanest bathing waters


Greece is in the top five countries with the cleanest bathing waters in Europe, as 95.6% of its waters are rated excellent, according to a survey by the European Environment Agency (EEA).

Based on the findings of the survey, our country is in fourth place in the ranking with the European countries with the best bathing waters, while in the first place is Cyprus, in the second Austria, in the third Croatia and the top five is completed with Bulgaria.

Albania, Poland, Hungary, Estonia and Belgium are at the other end of the scale, with less than 70% of their bathing waters meeting a high quality standard.

The bathing quality of coastal waters is generally better than in freshwater zones. In 2023, 89% of coastal bathing sites classified are of excellent quality, compared to 79% of inland bathing waters.

The number of reported EU bathing waters increased between 1990 and 2010. Six EU Member States reported 5 691 bathing waters in summer 1990 and 21 813 were reported by 27 EU Member States in 2009. In the following years, the number stabilised at around 21,000 to 22,000 bathing waters.

In 2023, the most notable change from the previous year was that the total number of reported EU bathing waters increased by 0.5% (108 waters) to 21,766. Most of these additions were reported by Greece (+49 waters)

It is noteworthy that, in four European Union (EU) countries, 3% or more of bathing sites have poor water quality. These are Sweden (5.1%), the Netherlands (4.3%), Ireland (3.4%) and Estonia (3.1%).

Areas whose bathing water is classified as poor are closed throughout the next tourist season and must take measures to reduce pollution and eliminate risks to bathers’ health.

Percentage of bathing water with excellent quality in European countries in 2023


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