Sin­ga­pore top city in Asia for ‘best qual­ity of liv­ing’

New Straits Times - - Business World -

SIN­GA­PORE: Sin­ga­pore tops the ranks in Asia as the city with the best qual­ity of liv­ing, well ahead of Tokyo and Hong Kong be­cause of its ef­fi­cient in­fra­struc­ture.

The city-state gained one spot from last year and came in at No. 25 on a global rank­ing of 231 cities by con­sult­ing firm Mercer, a unit of Marsh & McLen­nan Cos.

In Asia, Tokyo was at 47 and Hong Kong at 71, with both de­clin­ing slightly in the in­dex.

Sin­ga­pore was top of the list on qual­ity of city in­fra­struc­ture, which in­cludes sup­ply of elec­tric­ity, drink­ing wa­ter and phone ser­vices. Mercer also as­sesses pub­lic trans­porta­tion, traf­fic con­ges­tion and the avail­abil­ity of in­ter­na­tional flights in this cat­e­gory.

“Cities that rank high in the city in­fra­struc­ture list pro­vide a com­bi­na­tion of top-notch lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional air­port fa­cil­i­ties, var­ied and ex­tended cov­er­age through their lo­cal trans­porta­tion net­works, and in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions such as smart tech­nol­ogy and al­ter­na­tive en­ergy,” said Sla­gin Parakatil, a prin­ci­pal at Mercer who is re­spon­si­ble for its qual­ity of liv­ing re­search.

Sin­ga­pore also scored high be­cause of “in­ter­nal sta­bil­ity, wide avail­abil­ity of con­sumer goods, avail­abil­ity and qual­ity of hous­ing and low in­ci­dence of nat­u­ral dis­as­ters”, said Mercer.

The global rank­ing — based on data com­piled be­tween Septem­ber and Novem­ber last year — was dom­i­nated by Western Euro­pean cities, with Vi­enna and Zurich top­ping the list. The only non-Euro­pean cities in the top 10 were Auck­land in third spot, Van­cou­ver in fifth and Sydney in 10th.

In Asia, great dis­par­i­ties in the qual­ity of liv­ing re­mained, said Mercer .

The next-best Asian rank­ing in in­fra­struc­ture was Hong Kong at sixth place, while Sydney was at eighth. Bloomberg

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