Taipei ranked as the 27th most livable city globally

Taipei 101.

TAIPEI - Taipei City was ranked 27th among 64 cities as the most livable city in the world, according to the Global Livable Cities Index published by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy's Asia Competitiveness Institute yesterday.

According to the index, Taipei City was also ranked sixth among all Asian cities on the list, following Singapore, Hong Kong, Osaka and Kobe, Tokyo and Yokohama.

The index evaluates the livability of each city based on five categories, including economic vibrancy and competitiveness, environment sustainability and friendliness, domestic security and stability, social cultural conditions and political governance. Taipei City performed the best in the domestic security and stability category among Asian cities.

Taipei City was ranked 24th in economic vibrancy and competitiveness, 30th in environment sustainability and friendliness, 33rd in social cultural conditions, and 25th in political governance globally.

In terms of the top 10 most livable cities in the world, Singapore placed third while Hong Kong placed eighth.

Geneva was ranked the most livable city in the world, according to the index, while seven European cities also entered the top 10 list, including Zurich, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Luxembourg, Stockholm and Berlin.

Kishore Mahbubani, dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, said that competitions in the future will not only take place among countries but also among cities.

Heng Swee Keat, Singapore's education minister, said that most economic activity takes place in cities, but some the potentials of some cities are underestimated, therefore the index also takes quality of life into account instead of only focusing on economic factors.

According to the Asia Competitiveness Institute, 64 cities in five continents were sampled in the study.