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Which European country has the highest rated national parks?

Photo credit: Zhukova Valentyna / Shutterstock As the environmental crisis continues to loom, the need to protect certain areas of land, such as National Parks and natural wonders of the world, due to their natural beauty, rare wildlife, plants, and geology is more important than ever before.

Energy comparison site SaveOnEnergy sought to find out which European country is home to the highest-rated and most prestigious National Parks of all, by analysing hundreds of European National Parks and analysing their ratings, reviews, location, and size.

The European countries with the highest-rated National Parks

1. Ukraine (9.73)

Ukraine ranks as the European country with the highest-rated National Parks, with each of the country’s eight National Parks boasting an average score of 9.73 according to TripAdvisor data. In fact, the highest-rated National Park in Ukraine is Carpathian National Nature Park, which has an average rating of 9.75 on TripAdvisor.

2. Slovenia (9.72)

Following closely behind Ukraine is Slovenia, falling short of the top spot by just 0.01 point. The country is home to one National Park, Triglav National Park, which falls among the highest-rated parks in Europe with a TripAdvisor score of 9.72 out of a possible 10.

3. Slovakia (9.69)

Slovakia ranks in third, with their nine National Parks boasting an average score of 9.69 out of 10. In Slovakia, the highest-rated National Park is the Muranska Planina National Park, and has a perfect TripAdvisor rating of 10 out of 10!

4. Bulgaria (9.64)

Bulgaria placed as the European country with the fourth highest-rated National Parks, based on average scores combined. Bulgaria’s three National Parks have an average TripAdvisor score for 9.64 out of 10.

The country’s highest-rated National Park is the Central Balkan National Park, which has an average TripAdvisor score of 9.86.

5. Switzerland (9.6)

Despite only having one National Park in the country, Switzerland ranks in fifth place. Thanks to the country’s famous Swiss National Park, Switzerland has an average TripAdvisor score of 9.6 out of 10.

6. Denmark (9.58)

The European country with the sixth-highest rating is Denmark, achieving an average score of 9.58 based on TripAdvisor data. Denmark is home to six National Parks, but it is the Northeast Greenland National Park that is their most highly rated, which has an impressive TripAdvisor score of 10 out of 10.

7. Austria (9.57)

Austria ranks in seventh place, with each of their seven National Parks having an average combined rating of 9.57 out of 10, based on data sourced from TripAdvisor. 

Of all seven parks, the Gesause National Park is the most highly rated in Austria, with an average rating of 9.82.

8. Czech Republic (9.53)

With an average rating of 9.53 across the country’s four National Parks, the Czech Republic has the eighth-highest rating in all of Europe.

The country’s highest-rated park is the Bohemian Switzerland National Park, which has an impressive rating of 9.57 out of 10 based on TripAdvisor reviews.

9. France (9.49)

France ranks in ninth spot, with their 10 National Parks having an average TripAdvisor rating of 9.49 out of 10. The Mercantour National Park is the most highly rated of all 10 parks in the country, with an average score of 9.78 on TripAdvisor.

10. United Kingdom (9.45)

Coming in tenth is the United Kingdom. The UK is home to a whopping 15 National Parks, which have a combined average rating of 9.45 out of 10. The UK’s highest-rated National Park is the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, in Wales, which has an average rating of 9.73 on TripAdvisor.

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The highest-rated National Parks in Europe

We also sought to reveal which National Parks across Europe were the most highly rated of all, scoring a perfect score of 10 out of 10 on TripAdvisor, and which country is home to the “best” National Parks in Europe.

Our analysis found that Sweden has the highest-rated National Parks in Europe, with five achieving a perfect rating of 10 out of 10 on TripAdvisor:

  • Tofsingdalen National Park

  • Padjelanta National Park

  • Sonfjallet National Park

  • Djuro National Park

  • Vadvetjakka National Park

Following closely behind are Norway and Finland with three National Parks scoring full marks:

  • Forollhogna National Park (Norway)

  • Lierne National Park (Norway)

  • Seiland National Park (Norway)

  • Kauhaneva-Pohjankangas National Park (Finland)

  • Isojarvi National Park (Finland)

  • Bothnian Bay National Park (Finland)

Romania follows behind with two:

  • Buila-vanturarita National Park

  • Semantic-caras Gorge National Park

Denmark, Slovakia, Poland, and Belarus have one each:

  • Pripyatsky National Park (Belarus)

  • Northeast Greenland National Park (Denmark)

  • Drawa National Park (Poland)

  • Muranska Planina National Park (Slovakia)

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The largest National Parks in Europe by area

1. Northeast Greenland National Park

The Northeast Greenland National Park, based in Denmark, is the largest National Park in Europe, with an area of 972,000 km2. To put this figure into context, the National Park is equivalent to a staggering 136,134,453 football pitches, or the area of London multiplied by 618.

2. Yugyd Va National Park

Found in Russia, the Yugyd Va National Park is the third-largest European National Park, with an area of 18,917 km2. This is equivalent to 2,649,439 football pitches, or the area of London if it were multiplied by 12.

3. Vikos-Aoos National Park

Vikos-Aoos National Park, situated in Greece, is the fourth largest European National Park. It has an area of 12,600 km2 which, when put into context, is equivalent to 1,764,705 football pitches, or London’s area multiplied by 8.

4. Cairngorms National Park

Located in Scotland, Cairngorms National Park is the fifth largest National Park of those studied in Europe, with an area of 4,528 km2. This is equivalent to 634,173 football pitches, or New York City’s area multiplied by almost 6.

5. Olympus National Park

Also among the largest National Parks in Europe is the Olympus National Park, based in Greece and home to Greece’s highest mountain, Myth-Laden Mountain. The National Park has an area of 3,733 km2, which is equivalent to 522,829 football pitches, or New York City’s area multiplied by almost 5.

6.. Hardangervidda National Park

Found in Norway, the Hardangervidda National Park is the seventh-largest in Europe, with an area of 3,422 km2 in total - equivalent to a whopping 479,271 football pitches.

7. Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park

Located in Belarus, the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park is the eighth largest National Park studied in Europe. With an area of 3,086 km2, the park is as large as 432,212 football pitches.

8. Lemmenjoki National Park

The ninth-largest National Park in Europe is Lemmenjoki National Park, which is based in Finland. The park has an area of 2,850 km2 which, when put into context, is as large as 399,159 football pitches!

9. Urho Kekkonen National Park

Following behind is the Urho Kekkonen National Park, also located in Finland. The National Park boasts an area of 2,550 km2 - equivalent to 357,142 football pitches - making it the tenth-largest in Europe.

10. Lake District National Park

Rounding off the top 10 largest National Parks in Europe is the UK’s very own Lake District, in Cumbria. The park, home to Scafell Pike (the highest and the most prominent mountain in England), has an area of 2,362 km2, which is as large as 330,822 football pitches!

Methodology:

  1. In order to find a list of European countries, SaveOnEnergy sourced data from https://www.worldometers.info/geography/how-many-countries-in-europe/.

  2. To decipher the names and sizes of all national parks in these European countries,

  3. SaveOnEnergy collected data from https://theworldsnationalparks.com/.

  4. SaveOnEnergy then searched each national park TripAdvisor to find and collate ratings for each park.

  5. TripAdvisor does not give the exact average rating, so SaveOnEnergy made note of the number of votes for each score and calculated an average themselves. This was done by using the: SUMPRODUCT and SUM formula to calculate the average scores for each National Park.