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The Greenest Countries And Cities On Earth

03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Just because a place is environmentally "fit" doesn't mean you'd want to spend your life there--think glaciers and rain forests. But finding the perfect balance between what's green and what's livable could lead you to paradise. Aiming for that ideal, we researched the world's greenest countries while also ensuring they were ones where people could thrive. Along the way, we also unearthed the worst places to live. Hold your breath and hope the country you call home isn't one of them.

We analyzed data from two top sources covering 141 nations to rank the planet's greenest, most livable places. Our analysis delved into social factors (income and education, for instance) and environmental measures (see our chart for who scores highest and lowest for some of them, and how the United States, the best overall, and the worst overall stack up). While helping rank the countries, our analysis also led us to five key lessons.

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