Singapore is most liveable country in Asia Pacific region

Singapore is most liveable country in Asia Pacific region

Singapore is the most liveable city in the Asia Pacific region for Asian expatriates.

This is according to the latest study conducted by ECA International, a provider of knowledge, information and technology for the management and assignment of employees around the world. 

"Interestingly, Singapore ranks the lowest in the regional top ten for health risks and air pollution. However, it is exceptionally well placed on personal security, housing and diversity in culture and language contributing to the fact that Singapore comes out top time and time again," said Lee Quane, Regional Director of ECA International.

In contrast, Singapore's closest rival, Hong Kong, has slipped down the rankings over the past four years. It is in the 15th position in the latest rankings.

Australian cities such as Adelaide, Sydney (in joint second place), as well as Brisbane (fifth), Perth (seventh) and Canberra (ninth place), dominated the list.

Meanwhile, Shanghai ranked 23rd - the same as last year - making it the most liveable city in mainland China.

This news comes on the heels of Singapore being named the top city in Asia in terms of quality of living, according to global human resource consultancy Mercer.

The rankings, which are released annually, are based on local living conditions in over 450 locations worldwide.

They take into account factors such as a city's political and social environment, economic environment, medical and health considerations, public services, recreational facilities and housing

prabukm@sph.com.sg

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