MERCER'S "Quality of Living" report released on Dec 4 reveals that Singapore ranks highest for city infrastructure and overall quality of living among Asian cities.
The annual survey covers 221 cities using New York as the base city. This year's ranking separately identifies cities with the best infrastructure based on electricity supply, water availability, telephone and mail services, public transportation, traffic congestion and the range of international flights from local airports.
Singapore took the lead followed by Frankfurt and Munich in second place. Copenhagen and Dusseldorf filled the next two spots, while Hong Kong and London were tied in sixth place. Port-au-Prince ranks at the bottom of the list.
Singapore also took the 25th spot on the global quality of living ranking, making it the highest-ranking Asian city for quality living followed by Japanese cities Tokyo (44), Kobe (48), Yokohama (49) and Osaka (57). Hong Kong (70), Seoul (75), Kuala Lumpur (80), Taipei (85) and Shanghai (95) are other major Asian cities ranked in the top 100.
This story first appeared in The Edge Singapore weekly edition of Dec 10-16, 2012.