|Latvia has been ranked second in the Yale University Environmental Performance Index with a score of 70.37.
The Baltic nation ranked only behind Switzerland, which boasted a score of 76.69 and came narrowly ahead of Norway which scored 69.92.
The rest of the top ten was very close, with Luxemburg, Costa Rica, France, Austria, Italy, the UK and Sweden all scoring between 69.2 and 68.82. Overall 132 nations were ranked.
According to the university's findings, Latvia scored particularly highly in terms if forestry (93.2) and biodiversity and habitats (97).
The 2012 EPI rankings were made up of a snapshot of data from 2012 and a trend rank based on performance over the last decade.
Latvia was also named the strongest improver when just the trend rank from the past ten years was considered.
The study takes into account nations' policies on environmental health, water, air pollution water resources, biodiversity and habitat, forest, fisheries agriculture and climate change.
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