Hong Kong hits all-time low on happiness index
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.