S'pore ranked 'happiest place' by Chinese

S'pore ranked 'happiest place' by Chinese

CHINA, Hong Kong, Taiwan or Singapore - where are Chinese people happiest?

The answer, according to a survey of 4,000 ethnic Chinese across these regions, is Singapore.

Of the 805 people surveyed here, 51.9 per cent put their homeland at the top of the list - the highest among the four places.

Respondents from the other regions also unanimously picked the Chinese in Singapore as the "happiest".

Nearly 49 per cent of Hong Kongers polled ranked Singapore No. 1, along with 40.3 per cent of Taiwanese and 32.2 per cent of mainland Chinese.

The best things about Singapore were housing, safety and life satisfaction, according to the locals who, like other respondents, were quizzed about their satisfaction level on 11 different indicators.

The bottom three were governance, amount of rest time and income levels respectively. Governance and income levels also made the bottom three in all the other regions, in addition to pollution.

Singapore was the only place where respondents were unhappy with rest time - pointing to a possible lack of work-life balance here.

The issue could be due to Singapore's small size and "very fast" pace of life, said Tampines GRC MP Baey Yam Keng. "People do work very hard because they want to get ahead in life, and this comes at the expense of family time. This is similar to many global cities, where people find it difficult to strike a work-life balance."

But overall, Singapore seems to have overtaken Hong Kong, where residents are now grappling with record housing prices, when it comes to the perception of which place provides a better standard of living.

Said Mr Baey: "If we compare ourselves with these other economies, we are doing a lot better in terms of stability, living environment, housing, safety - this is something that is very clear.

"Singapore is one of the only places where there is public housing for almost everyone... and I think people rightfully acknowledge that."

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