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Bathing water quality

Annual report, 2008 bathing season

Every summer millions of Europeans head for the beach to enjoy the sun and to cool down in refreshing clean water. To allow Europeans to make an informed choice on which beach to choose a yearly report is published on the quality of coastal and freshwater bathing areas as reported by Member States for the beaches located within their territory. This year the report is being published by the European Environment Agency (EEA), which is also making available on its website maps and tables with detailed information on specific bathing areas. 

The overall quality of bathing waters in the EU has markedly improved since 1990. Compliance with mandatory values (minimum quality requirements) increased over the 1990 to 2008 period from 80% to 96% and from 52% to 92% in coastal and inland waters respectively. From 2007 to 2008 compliance increased both for inland and coastal waters (by 1.1 and 3.3 percentage points, respectively).

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Results and Comments Results and Comments
Austria

179 KB

Ireland

222 KB

Belgium

218 KB

Italy

247 KB

Bulgaria

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Luxembourg

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Denmark

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The Netherlands

230 KB

Finland

222 KB

Portugal

205 KB

France

297 KB

Romania

191 KB

Germany

292 KB

Spain

238 KB

Greece

225 KB

Sweden

226 KB

Ceská Republika

170 KB

United Kingdom

417 KB

Eesti

199 KB

Magyarország

170 KB

Kypros

127 KB

Malta

118 KB

Latvija

196 KB

Polska

196 KB

Lietuva

190 KB

Slovenija

212 KB

    Slovensko

206 KB