Landlocked Luxembourg has among the cleanest swimming spots in Europe, an EU-wide water quality auditi has found.
Luxembourg topped the ranking in the report released on Wednesday, recording “good” or “excellent” water quality in all 11 of its outdoor wild swimming holes.
The tests concerned bathing water at the Remerschen swimming lake in south-east Luxembourg, and at 10 sites located around the Lake in the mid-north of Luxembourg.
Other countries achieving excellent in at least 90 percent of swimming sites included Cyprus, Malta, Greece, Croatia, Italy, Germany and Austria.
The European Environment Agency (EEA) said that water quality at 96.1 percent of the 21,000 bathing spots covered by its 2015 bathing water survey was at acceptable levels, which was a rise of 0.9 percentage points from the previous year.
Across all of the sites monitored in the EU, Switzerland and Albania, more than 84 percent of the sites surveyed were rated excellent.
“Several large tourist areas and cities like Blackpool, Copenhagen and Munich are… starting to benefit from investments in improved sewage systems, which are leading to cleaner bathing sites at harbour areas, urban river locations and nearby beaches,” the agency said.
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