Q&A: Is there pollution in Helsinki/Finland?

Although I find that air quality is rather good in Finland, there still is pollution, especially close to industrial areas. You can check out the current situation on this website.

Overall, as Finland has a rather small population and many larger cities are located near the coast, I do not find pollution to be a big problem on most days. I definitely have visited places abroad where it was much harder for me to breathe and/or places where you could easily smell pollution. One example that will always stick with me was a visit to Shanghai where pollution levels were horrendously bad the week we visited and I spent the whole trip with horribly watery eyes and a sore throat.

The biggest issue I often encounter is pollen – my body absolutely cannot deal with local trees and flowers! As I like walking and running outside, spring can be extremely tough on my system…


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