Dubliners ‘happiest in the EU’ when it comes to air quality and noise levels

The Irish aren’t known for complaining...

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New figures show that 88% of Dubliners are happy with the air quality in their capital city.

Results from 83 European capitals show significant differences between them - with levels of satisfaction of air quality ranging from 22% to 88%, and for noise levels from 31% to 82%.

Among EU capital cities in 2015, at least three-quarters of residents were ‘very’ or ‘rather’ satisfied with air quality in their city.

Dublin, Vienna and Helsinki (all 88%), were followed by Luxembourg (83%), Stockholm (77%), Ljubljana (76%) and Tallinn (75%).

In contrast, the lowest shares of residents happy with the quality of the air were seen in Bucharest (22%), Sofia (28%), Paris (30%), Madrid (31%) and Rome (32%).

Source: Eurostat

Overall, a majority of inhabitants were satisfied with air quality in 20 of the 28 EU capital cities.

Regarding the level of noise, Dublin registered the highest population ‘very’ or ‘rather’ satisfied (82%), ahead of Helsinki (81%), Luxembourg (79%), Vienna (78%), Riga (77%), Vilnius (76%) and London (75%).

While Bucharest recorded the lowest share of people happy with noise levels at 31%, followed by Sofia (36%), Athens (43%), Madrid, Rome and Valletta (all 45%) - as well as Warsaw (46%).

The information, from Eurostat, is based on perception survey indicators produced by the European Commission.