Singapore named Asian city with highest quality of life

Singapore named Asian city with highest quality of life

Singapore has once again been ranked as the top city in Asia in terms of quality of living, according to global human resource consultancy Mercer.

In the Mercer 2016 Quality of Living Rankings, Singapore was 26th in the world out of 230 cities ranked, unchanged from its ranking last year.

It has also been ranked as the top city in Asia in the past two editions of the survey.

Among cities in Asia, Singapore finished ahead of Japanese cities Tokyo (44), Kobe (46) and Yokohama (49), as well as other notable cities like Hong Kong (70), Taipei (84), Shanghai (101) and Beijing (118).

In Southeast Asia, Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur (86) was the next best city in terms of quality of living, while Johor Bahru (103) was ranked third in the region. Other key regional cities include Bangkok (129), Manila (136) and Jakarta (142).

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.

Globally, Austrian capital Vienna took the top spot in the rankings, with Switzerland's Zurich and New Zealand's Auckland in the second and third spot respectively.

Iraqi capital Baghdad was the lowest-ranked city at 230.

Singapore was also ranked 8th globally and first in Asia in Mercer's personal safety ranking, which is based on internal stability, crime levels, performance of local law enforcement and the country's relationship with other countries.

seanyap@sph.com.sg

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