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The most polluted countries in the world for 2022: Albania, 2.9 times more than the value determined by WHO
The 5th annual World Air Quality Report provides alarming details on the most polluted countries, territories and regions in 2022.
IQAir measured air quality levels based on the concentration of lung-damaging airborne particles known as PM 2.5. According to the data of the report, the average concentration of PM2.5 for the year 2022 in Albania was 2.9 times more than the value determined by the WHO.
Our country is ranked 73 out of 130 countries that are on the list published by IQAir.
Based on the report's findings, the five most polluted countries in 2022 were:
• Chad (89.7 µg/m3) more than 17 times higher than WHO's annual guideline PM2.5;
• Iraq (80.1 µg/m3) more than 16 times higher than WHO's annual PM2.5 guideline;
• Pakistan (70.9 µg/m3) more than 14 times higher than WHO's annual PM2.5 guideline;
• Bahrain (66.6 µg/m3) more than 13 times higher than WHO's annual PM2.5 guideline;
• Bangladesh (65.8 µg/m3) more than 13 times higher than WHO's annual PM2.5 guideline
In total, 118 (90%) of 131 countries and regions exceeded the annual WHO guideline value for air quality.
The Central and South Asian region was home to eight of the world's ten most polluted cities. Lahore is the most polluted metropolitan area of 2022. It was ranked 15th in 2021. Chile was also ranked as one of the 15 most polluted cities in the region.