Singapore has again been ranked the most liveable city in Asia and the world according to an index for expatriate living conditions published by human resource consultancy ECA International on Thursday (Jan 22).
“Good air quality, solid infrastructure, decent medical facilities, low crime and health risks have contributed to Singapore maintaining its position at the top of the global ranking for quality of living for Asian assignees,” said Mr Lee Quane, Regional Director for Asia at ECA International.
Singapore’s regional rival Hong Kong slipped from 17th to 33rd place in the global ranking. However, it remains highly ranked in 6th place among other Asian cities.
“Hong Kong scores well in a range of factors including infrastructure, education and healthcare facilities, and availability of goods and services,” said Mr Quane. “However, air quality remains a lot poorer there than many other parts of the region. In addition, Hong Kong’s socio-political score worsened this year as a result of the unprecedented unrest there in recent months and the restrictions placed on movement.”
Japanese cities Osaka, Nagoya again took up second and third spots in the Asia ranking respectively. For the global ranking, Adelaide and Sydney in Australia were in second and third positions.
The least liveable places for Asian expatriates were Afghanistan’s Lashkar Gah and Kandahar, and Mogadishu in Somalia.