Air Pollution in Belgrade

by Limbic on April 14, 2011

[Update: Thanks to Dragan Debeljak for pointing me to a new resource from the Serbian government where you can get near real-time air pollution information, with great detail for Belgrade: http://www.sepa.gov.rs/ams/xajax_data/eas_kvalitet_vazduha_1.php?nosplash=1 . ]

I am doing some research into air pollution in Belgrade, both for my own needs (my family and I are moving back to Belgrade after a year away) and for the wiki’s Accommodation section.

I am trying to find out the best and worst areas to live for air quality.

The only thing I could find on air pollution levels for the city is 9 year old (2002) “Environmental Atlas of Belgrade” from the Belgrade Institute of Public Health.

The maps are a bit hard to figure out, but they seem to show (unsurprisingly) that the city centre, Dorcol and Vracar are worst, with Dedinje and Senjak not much better, New Belgrade OK, with Zemun and other outlying areas best.

Air Quality – All (2002)

Air Quality – SO2, SOOT, NO2 (2002)

Air Quality – Sulfer Dioxide and Soot (2002)

That data is old, so things might have changed. It is also shocking.

The entire centre of the city had a World Health Organisation rating over 3, which is off the scale. The measure stops at 2+, meaning “Extremely Unhealthy”.

I tried to contact Institut zа јаvnо zdrаvljе Srbiје to get some up-to-date information, but no one answers there.

Does anyone have any up-to-date information or know of an expert I could contact about this?

Maybe the World Health Organisation Belgrade office?

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Terry May 4, 2011 at 7:51 am

Dear Jonathan
Living in Belgrade, for everyone, is like living on 20 cigarettes a day.
Most of the engines responsible are the old and badly maintained YUnoGOs, VW Golfs mark1 and other crap. I really don’t get it because as a foreigner driving on temporary plates I have to pass the MOT, which includes exhaust checks, every year.
I live near kosjutnak (forest) and although not entirely free of pollution I recommend it for anyone who wants a half decent quality of living.

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