Singapore has surpassed Hong Kong in the annual global livability rankings list compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
In the latest report from the research and analysis division of The Economist Group, Hong Kong fell two places on the livability score to stand at No. 45, falling behind Singapore which jumped 11 places to the 35th position.
It marked the first time that Singapore was placed ahead of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Economic Journal noted.
EIU’s Global Livability Report ranks cities on the basis of five parameters: stability, healthcare, culture & environment, education, and infrastructure.
Melbourne was named as the world’s most livable city for the seventh year running, followed by Vienna and Vancouver.
Singapore’s leap in the list can be ascribed to its continual improvements in its education system, the report said.
Hong Kong slid in the rankings due to social rifts in the wake of the 2014 Occupy movement, an unresolved situation on electoral reforms, and a serious air pollution problem.
Though Hong Kong and Singapore were 10 places apart in the rankings, the difference between the two is “marginal at just 1.6 percent”, the EIU said.
Both cities “comfortably sit in the top tier of livability where there are few, if any, challenges to lifestyle,” it said.
The top 10 cities on the 2017 Global Livability Report are identical to those of last year. In Asia, Tokyo and Osaka came off as the first and second in the region, followed by Singapore and Hong Kong in the third and fourth positions respectively.
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The top 10 livable cities in the Global Livability Report 2017 are as follows:1. Melbourne, Australia2. Vienna, Austria3. Vancouver, Canada4. Toronto, Canada5. Calgary, Canada6. Adelaide, Australia7. Perth, Australia8. Auckland, New Zealand9. Helsinki, Finland10. Hamburg, Germany
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