Singapore has been ranked Asia’s best city to live in for expatriates and the 25th best city in the whole world, in the Quality of Living’s 19th survey, by a consulting firm Merecer, released on Tuesday (March 14th).
Vienna was ranked first for the eighth year in a row, while Baghdad is considered again the worst place to live.
Japanese cities, Tokyo and Kobe were the next highest ranked Asian cities after Singapore at 47th and 50th globally. Hong Kong came in at 71st place, Kuala Lumpur 86th, Shanghai 102nd, Bangkok 131st, Manila 135th and Jakarta 143rd.
The survey also included an infrastructure ranking that assesses each city’s supply of electricity, drinking water, telephone and mail services, and public transportation as well as traffic congestion and the range of international flights available from local airports.
Singapore topped the list ahead of cities like Frankfurt and Munich, while Baghdad and Port au Prince were ranked last.
Mercer’s said in a press release that a city’s infrastructure plays an important role, when m multinationals decide where to establish locations abroad and send expatriate workers.
“Easy access to transportation, reliable electricity, and drinkable water are all important considerations when determining hardship allowances based on the differences between a given assignee’s home and host locations,” it said.
There were 231 cities in the survey and it helps organizations to determine compensation and hardship allowances for international staff. It uses several criteria, such as political stability, health care, education, crime, recreation and transport, according to its website.
Global cities like London, Paris, Tokyo and New York City did not make the top 30, lagging behind most big German, Scandinavian, Canadian, New Zealand and Australian cities.
San Francisco, placed 29th, was the highest entry in the US. Top of the list in Africa was South Africa's Durban in 87.