Hong Kong took the No. 38 spot on a list of the world’s most liveable cities, down three notches from a similar survey last year, as per the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
The city, however, can derive comfort from the fact that it trumped key regional rival Singapore, which was in the 40th position after it also dropped three places in the annual survey.
In 2018, Hong Kong jumped 10 notches to grab the 35th rank in the EIU’s Global Liveability Index.
Duncan Innes-Ker, regional director for Asia at EIU, said the scores secured by Hong Kong and Singapore, the two regional hubs, represent evidence that global business activities support high-quality infrastructure and an extensive cultural and entertainment scene.
However, he warned that Hong Kong could see its ranking next year affected by the ongoing extradition bill-related unrest.
The scores in the 2019 survey apparently did not take into account the current disturbances in the city.
EIU’s Liveability Ranking is based on data covering five major categories, namely stability, healthcare, education, infrastructure, and culture and environment, with scores calculated for 140 cities around the world.
According to the 2019 list, Austria’s capital Vienna was ranked the world’s most livable city, bagging that honor for the second consecutive year, followed by Melbourne and Sydney in Australia in the second and third spots.
Osaka, Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto, Tokyo, Copenhagen and Adelaide took the next seven spots to make it to the top ten.
Of the top 20 most livable cities, eight are in Europe while there were none from the United States.
Paris fell six places to No. 25 mainly due to the large-scale “yellow vest” anti-government protests that took place in the city since November 2018.
London and New York were ranked No. 48 and 58 respectively in the latest survey, as the EIU believes large global cities in advanced economies tend to face greater risks of crime and terrorism.
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