HR & EDUCATION | Staff Reporter, Singapore

Hong Kong is more liveable than Singapore

The Lion City fell to 37th place in the global liveabilty rankings whilst Hong Kong rose to 35th.

Singapore fell down two places to flop at 37th place in the liveability rankings compiled by research and analysis firm The Economist Intelligence Unit.

Taking advantage of close regional rival's slump, Hong Kong rose by 10 places to occupy the 35th most liveable spot  amidst improvements in the SAR's political stability. 

Hong Kong performed better on cultural and environmental issues than the Lion City although housing supply and healthcare services in Singapore was of better quality, according to Simon Baptist, global chief economist and managing director of The Economist unit in Asia.

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For instance, home ownership in space starved Hong Kong has plunged to 49% in 2017 whilst Singapore levels have exceeded 90% on the back of accessible government housing supply, according to a Bloomberg report.

“The [regional role] of Hong Kong will become smaller, and Singapore is [becoming the choice of Asia-Pacific headquarters for multinational companies] because of its quality of life,” he was quoted in South China Morning Post.

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The most liveable city in the world is Vienna with an overall rating of 99.1.Australian cities Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide dominated the top ten most liveabile cities along with Canadian cities Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto. Japanese cities also made a strong performance with Osaka and Tokyo nabbing third and seventh place respectively.

On the other hand, the ten least liveable cities are conflict-torn Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh and Syria.  

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