Singapore tops Asia in safety, quality of living survey – Channel News Asia

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SINGAPORE: In Asia, Singapore is the safest city and has the highest quality of living, according to a survey by global human resources consulting firm Mercer released on Tuesday (Feb 23).

Mercer’s 18th annual global Quality of Living rankings placed Singapore at 26th in the world and first in Asia, followed by Japanese cities Tokyo, Kobe, Yokohama, Osaka and Nagoya. In South-east Asia, Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur was named as the next best city in quality of living.

Hong Kong is the highest-ranked city in Greater China, with Taiwan’s Taipei and Taichung as well as Shanghai and Beijing trailing behind in that order.

Vienna, the capital of Austria, took top spot globally, followed by Switzerland’s Zurich and Auckland in New Zealand.

Iraqi capital Baghdad took lowest spot on the global rankings.

SAFETY RANKINGS

The Mercer survey also ranked cities on their level of personal safety, based on internal stability, crime levels, performance of local law enforcement and the home country’s relationship with other countries.

At eighth place globally, Singapore is the safest city in Asia, with the same five Japanese cities – Kobe, Nagoya, Osaka, Tokyo, and Yokohama – coming in behind. Bangkok ranked at 173rd after considerable political unrest and terrorist attacks in several tourist areas over the last few years, said Mercer.

Topping the global charts is Luxembourg, followed by a three-way tie for second place between Swiss capital Bern, Helsinki in Finland and Zurich. After suffering either terrorist attacks or social unrest in the last few years, cities like Paris (71st), London (72nd), Madrid (84th), and Athens (124th) now rank considerably lower than before.

Baghdad and Syrian capital Damascus were ranked as the world’s least safe cities, with both witnessing continual violence and terrorist attacks, said Mercer. 

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