Date
30 March 2017
Last year's massive pro-democracy protests have been blamed for upending social stability in Hong Kong. Photo: Bloomberg
Last year's massive pro-democracy protests have been blamed for upending social stability in Hong Kong. Photo: Bloomberg

Hong Kong plunges 15 places in global ranking of livable cities

Hong Kong has tumbled 15 rungs to 46th place in a world ranking of livable cities after increased concern over social stability.

This was mainly due to the aftermath of last year’s pro-democracy protests, according to a survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

However, Hong Kong remains in the top tier with a score of 88.8, with its residents enjoying freedom in most aspects of their life.

It’s ranked three places higher than Singapore.

Beijing, ranked as the most livable city in mainland China, saw its global standing rise to 69th.

Tianjin, which was rocked last week by a deadly explosion, placed 70th.

Melbourne topped the table, followed by Vienna and Vancouver.

The EIU survey, released twice a year, assesses the living conditions in 140 cities based on 30 indicators across five categories — stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

The global livability index is down one percentage point from 2010, with a 2.2 percent fall in the score for stability and safety due to terrorist shootings in France and Tunisia and ongoing conflict in the Middle East, Ukraine and Libya.

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