Hong Kong hits all-time low on hap­pi­ness in­dex

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Hong Kong peo­ple are less happy com­pared with peers in Osaka, Ja­pan, and Seoul. Hous­ing-re­lated prob­lems, a slow­ing econ­omy and political bick­er­ing are drag­ging rat­ings down, ac­cord­ing to a City Univer­sity of Hong Kong poll.

Among the three cities, Hong Kongers had the low­est over­all hap­pi­ness rat­ing, rank­ing 6.83 out of 10 while Seoul scored 7.01 and Osaka 7.41.

Hong Kong’s score dipped by 0.15 against last year’s re­sult of 6.98, break­ing the 7 thresh­old for the first time since the sur­vey be­gan in 2002. Even when the city was stricken by the Se­vere Acute Res­pi­ra­tory Syn­drome out­break in 2003 the in­dex was 7.11.

Dis­sat­is­fac­tion with pol­i­tics and so­ci­ety came in at 4.33 while en­vi­ron­men­tal rank­ings stood at 4.8 and hous­ing at 4.05, a record low in the Col­lege of Lib­eral Arts and So­cial Sci­ences at City Univer­sity of Hong Kong Hap­pi­ness In­dex sur­vey.

The indices were based on sat­is­fac­tion in pol­i­tics and so­ci­ety, econ­omy, en­vi­ron­ment, hous­ing, pub­lic health and leisure and en­ter­tain­ment. More than 1,100 res­i­dents were in­ter­viewed in each city.

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