Bratislava is the third greenest city

An online Dutch holiday provider surveyed 50 cities before composing the index for green city getaways.

Bratislava's Janko Kráľ Park is the oldest park in central Europe.Bratislava's Janko Kráľ Park is the oldest park in central Europe.(Source: Sme)
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Bratislava, the Slovak capital located on the foothills of the Small Carpathians and the Danube River, placed third in the index for green city getaways published by TravelBird, a Dutch online holiday provider, on April 24.

Iceland’s capital Reykjavik has been crowned the greenest city for travelers, with the most green space per head of 50 cities surveyed. Auckland in New Zealand came in second, followed by Bratislava and Sweden’s Gothenburg, with Sydney, Australia rounding out the top five, Reuters reported.

“Many popular city destinations around the world have made significant strides towards both preserving and manufacturing green spaces,” Fiona Vanderbroeck, chief traveler officer at TravelBird, said in a statement as cited by Reuters. “We aim to inspire travelers to see city trips differently - inviting them to connect with nature whilst also enjoying the vibrancy, culture and liveliness they look for in a city.”

The index analysed mapping data from 50 popular city break destinations, evaluating the types and number of green spaces such as parks, golf courses, meadows, vineyards and farms.

It found that coastal Reykjavik has some 411 square meters of greenery per inhabitant, boosted by its large national parks. Auckland and Bratislava have 357.2 and 332.99 square meters of greenery per inhabitant, respectively, based on this index.

Tokyo was the least green city, followed by Turkey’s Istanbul, Athens in Greece, Lyon in France and Chile’s Santiago, all with less than eight square meters of greenery per resident.

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