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State of bathing water

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Heading for your favourite beach? Is the bathing water clean? Europe has a great diversity of beautiful beaches and bathing areas, and each year millions of Europeans spend their weekends at their local beach or their holidays cooling down by the water. As this year's bathing season approaches, many citizens have a keen interest in the quality of bathing waters.

Quality of bathing water - 2014 bathing season

To allow Europeans to make an informed choice on which beach to choose, an annual report on the quality of coastal and freshwater bathing areas, as reported by EU Member States is prepared. This year the report has been prepared by the European Environment Agency (EEA) in cooperation with the European Commission DG Environment. The report assesses the bathing water quality in all 28 EU Member States, as well as Albania and Switzerland in the 2014 bathing water season and thereby gives an indication of the areas where the quality of bathing is expected to be good this year.

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EEA report - European bathing water quality in 2014

The printed EU summary report is based on the bathing water data available up to 1 May 2015. The digital versions of the report have minor revisions.


Details on all Member States bathing waters for the 2014 season can be found in the national bathing water reports:

Each report contains details on bathing water monitoring in the specific country and an assessment of the 2014 results and the trend in bathing water quality.

Austria Estonia Italy Portugal
Belgium Finland Latvia Romania
Bulgaria France Lithuania Slovakia
Croatia Germany Luxembourg Slovenia
Cyprus Greece Malta Spain
Czech Republic Hungary (The) Netherlands Sweden
Denmark Ireland Poland United Kingdom
Non EU countries: Albania Switzerland

 The EU summary report is based on bathing water data available up to mid May 2015. 

Bathing water quality interactive maps and data

We all want to know the quality of 'our' local bathing area, beach or lake, and whether it conforms to EU standards. Below you will find a data and map viewer that will allow you to view on-line the quality of the bathing water in the more than 21 000 coastal beaches and freshwater bathing waters across Europe.

You can also check the bathing water quality on an interactive map, view the data for a selected country or region and make comparisons with previous years. The data can also be visualised in geospatial mapping programs such as Bing Maps and Google Earth maps.

Data viewer

Bathing water quality data viewer

Use WISE Bathing Water Quality data viewer for a quick check on locations and statistics on the quality of coastal and freshwater bathing waters. You can search by country, region, province and bathing water and see bathing waters in Bing Maps, Google Maps or Google Earth (needs to be installed on your computer). You can also explore how bathing waters have changed in recent years.

Interactive maps

WISE bathing water map viewer

By using the WISE map viewer you can check the bathing water quality on an interactive map. It also documents how bathing waters have changed throughout Europe in recent years and provides a full summary of Europe’s bathing water quality in 2014.

Go directly to the WISE map viewer

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