Singapore tops quality of living in Asia: survey

by Romesh Navaratnarajah Singapore has once again topped the list for quality of living across Asia, a position it also held last year, based on the latest Mercer survey.

The study, which serves as a guide for multinational firms and other organisations that compensate employees when assigning them abroad, ranked Singapore 25th globally, with Vienna, Zurich and Auckland taking the top three spots.

Apart from Auckland, a few other Asia-Pacific cities surpassed Singapore in the rankings – Sydney sits comfortably in 10th place, while Wellington, Melbourne and Perth took 13th, 18th and 21st spots respectively.

Other Asian cities that made the top 100 were Seoul, Hong Kong, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai together with Kobe, Tokyo, Osaka and Yokohama in Japan.

Notably, Mercer's index listed Singapore as the city with the best infrastructure in the world. Tied in second place were Munich and Frankfurt.

Infrastructure significantly affects the quality of living for expatriates, said Slagin Parakatil, Senior Researcher at Mercer.

"While often taken for granted when functioning to a high standard, a city's infrastructure can generate severe hardship when it is deficient."

While some Asia-Pacific cities may have made significant investment in public services and infrastructure to lure foreigners, multinationals, tourists and expatriates, "a considerable number of Asian cities rank in the bottom quartile, mainly due to high political volatility, poor infrastructure and obsolete public services", noted Phil Stanley, Mercer's Asia-Pacific Global Mobility Leader.Romesh Navaratnarajah, Senior Editor of PropertyGuru, wrote this story. To contact him about this or other stories email romesh@allproperty.com.sg

Related Stories:Suntec City undergoes S$410m makeoverRB Capital snaps up The Quayside retail units for S$69m Pasir Panjang: The next waterfront hot spot

More from PropertyGuru:
Major facelift planned for Civic District
Bigger Plaza Singapura offers enhanced retail experience
Suntec City undergoes S$410m makeover
RB Capital snaps up The Quayside retail units for S$69m

--

Get stories like this on the Yahoo app and discover more every day.
Download it now.
Loading...

Explore Related Contents

  • Hedge Funds Lose Bid to Quash Fannie, Freddie Profit Grab (3) Bloomberg - 2 hours 5 minutes ago

    Perry Capital LLC, the Fairholme Funds and other big investors lost a bid to overturn a judge’s ruling that said they can’t sue the government over the dividend change. The change known as the “net-worth sweep” forced the companies to send almost … More »

  • Vice Said to Hire Bankers to Raise Fund for Scripted Programs Bloomberg - 2 hours 7 minutes ago

    Vice already produces a slew of unscripted shows, from a daily news update for HBO to programs about the culture of marijuana, gay and lesbian issues and food for its own cable network, Viceland. Vice also produces video for services like YouTube … More »

  • Sydney Morning Herald Owner Plans Property Listings Spinoff (1) Bloomberg - 2 hours 11 minutes ago

    Fairfax shares soared the most in three years after it said Domain Group could be listed in Australia by the end of 2017. A separate listing for Domain would put a market value on Fairfax’s biggest profit generator for the first time, while still … More »

  • Macquarie posts 4Q profit Associated Press - 2 hours 17 minutes ago

    The New York-based company said it had profit of 89 cents per share. The investment firm posted revenue of $437.2 million in the period. For the year, the company reported net income of $156.4 million, ... … More »

  • Invesco Mortgage Capital posts 4Q profit Associated Press - 2 hours 19 minutes ago

    On a per-share basis, the Atlanta-based company said it had profit of $2.15. Earnings, adjusted for investment gains, came to 36 cents per share. The real estate investment trust posted revenue of $324.5 ... … More »

  • KAR Auction Services misses 4Q profit forecasts Associated Press - 2 hours 29 minutes ago

    On a per-share basis, the Carmel, Indiana-based company said it had profit of 33 cents. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were 45 cents per share. The results fell short of Wall Street expectations. ... … More »

  • Waste Connections beats Street 4Q forecasts Associated Press - 2 hours 32 minutes ago

    The Vaughan, Ontario-based company said it had profit of 49 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to 68 cents per share. The results beat Wall Street expectations. The ... … More »

  • Morningstar posts 4Q profit Associated Press - 2 hours 35 minutes ago

    On a per-share basis, the Chicago-based company said it had net income of $1.63. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring gains, were 77 cents per share. The investment research firm posted revenue of $212.2 ... … More »

  • Terex reports 4Q loss Associated Press - 2 hours 37 minutes ago

    On a per-share basis, the Westport, Connecticut-based company said it had a loss of $2.52. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to 7 cents per share. The results surpassed Wall Street ... … More »

  • Rates mixed at weekly US Treasury bill auction Associated Press - 2 hours 37 minutes ago

    Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills were mixed in Tuesday's auction, with rates on three-month bills declining, while rates on six-month bills rose to their highest level in more than eight years. ... … More »

  • Bsquare reports 4Q loss Associated Press - 2 hours 41 minutes ago

    The Bellevue, Washington-based company said it had a loss of 10 cents per share. The software and engineering services provider posted revenue of $26.8 million in the period. For the year, the company ... … More »

  • ARC Document Solutions posts 4Q profit Associated Press - 2 hours 45 minutes ago

    On a per-share basis, the Walnut Creek, California-based company said it had profit of 6 cents. The provider of document services to businesses posted revenue of $85.9 million in the period. For the year, ... … More »

  • XPO tops 4Q profit forecasts Associated Press - 2 hours 53 minutes ago

    The Greenwich, Connecticut-based company said it had profit of 22 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were 24 cents per share. The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. ... … More »

  • QTS Realty reports 4Q results Associated Press - 2 hours 57 minutes ago

    The Overland Park, Kansas-based real estate investment trust said it had funds from operations of $35.4 million, or 64 cents per share, in the period. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by ... … More »

  • Business Highlights Associated Press - 3 hours ago

    ____ Deal hunger sends food stocks higher; US indexes at records Stocks again broke records Tuesday as investors came back from a long weekend hungry for deals. While Kraft Heinz and Unilever couldn't ... … More »

  • Whiting reports 4Q loss Associated Press - 3 hours ago

    On a per-share basis, the Denver-based company said it had a loss of 59 cents. Losses, adjusted for non-recurring costs and asset impairment costs, were 28 cents per share. The results topped Wall Street ... … More »

  • Quad/Graphics posts 4Q profit Associated Press - 3 hours ago

    The Sussex, Wisconsin-based company said it had profit of 73 cents per share. The printing company posted revenue of $1.2 billion in the period. For the year, the company reported net income of $44.9 million, ... … More »

  • Global stocks hit record highs, dollar rises on rate-hike view
    Global stocks hit record highs, dollar rises on rate-hike view Reuters - 3 hours ago

    Stock prices across the world climbed to record highs on Tuesday on news euro zone business activity accelerated to a six-year high, while the dollar gained after hawkish comments from Federal Reserve officials. U.S. financial markets were closed … More »

  • Dasan Zhone reports 4Q loss Associated Press - 3 hours ago

    The Oakland, California-based company said it had a loss of 7 cents per share. The communications network equipment company posted revenue of $59.2 million in the period. For the year, the company reported ... … More »

  • Golden Star posts 4Q profit Associated Press - 3 hours ago

    The Toronto-based company said it had net income of 1 cent per share. The gold mining company posted revenue of $53.3 million in the period. For the year, the company reported that its loss narrowed to ... … More »

  • Bristol-Myers Rises After Report That Carl Icahn Owns Stake (1) Bloomberg - 3 hours ago

    Icahn owns a large stake, Dow Jones said, citing people familiar with the matter. It isn’t clear how large the holding is, the news agency said. The shares, which spiked after the report, pared some of the gains and closed up 0.4 percent to $54.78 … More »

  • World stocks mostly grind higher, but HSBC weighs
    World stocks mostly grind higher, but HSBC weighs AFP News - 3 hours ago

    World stocks regained momentum on Tuesday, lifted by rising oil prices and strong eurozone economic data, but a massive earnings drop at banking giant HSBC kept a lid on London and Hong Kong. … More »

  • First Solar Posts Biggest-Ever Loss as Revenue Slides 49% (1) Bloomberg - 3 hours ago

    The largest U.S. solar manufacturer’s fourth-quarter net loss was $719.9 million, or $6.92 a share, compared with net income of $164.1 million, or $1.60 a share, a year earlier, Tempe, Arizona-based First Solar said in a statement Tuesday. … More »

  • Yahoo price slashed as Verizon proceeds with buy
    Yahoo price slashed as Verizon proceeds with buy AFP News - 3 hours ago

    A price cut had Verizon on track Tuesday to go ahead with the purchase of Yahoo's internet business, and share the costs from a pair of epic hacks that threatened to derail the deal. Yahoo slashed the price of its core Internet business by $350 … More »

  • Uber CEO Apologizes for Company Culture After Harassment Claims Bloomberg - 3 hours ago

    (Bloomberg) -- At a meeting open to all Uber Technologies Inc. employees on Tuesday, Travis Kalanick apologized for cultural failings at his company after a former employee alleged she was harassed and discriminated against while working there. … More »

 
Recent Quotes
Symbol Price Change % Chg 
Your most recently viewed tickers will automatically show up here if you type a ticker in the "Enter symbol/company" at the bottom of this module.
You need to enable your browser cookies to view your most recent quotes.
 
Sign-in to view quotes in your portfolios.

MARKET MOVERS

  • Most Actives
    Most Actives
    NamePriceChange% Chg
    0.24+0.01+4.35%
    N21.SI
    0.405+0.005+1.25%
    E5H.SI
    0.355+0.015+4.41%
    5ME.SI
    0.1060.0000.00%
    5WA.SI
    4.00+0.03+0.76%
    Z74.SI
  • % Gainers
    % Gainers
    NamePriceChange% Chg
    0.128+0.017+15.32%
    UV1.SI
    0.275+0.020+7.84%
    C13.SI
    0.39+0.02+5.41%
    R07.SI
    0.49+0.03+6.52%
    AWV.SI
    1.31+0.07+5.65%
    5G3.SI
  • % Losers
    % Losers
    NamePriceChange% Chg
    0.19-0.05-20.83%
    AZR.SI
    0.54-0.08-12.90%
    AZA.SI
    0.11-0.01-8.33%
    RF7.SI
    0.405-0.030-6.90%
    N01.SI
    0.20-0.01-4.76%
    KJ5.SI

Market Data

  • Currencies
    Currencies
    NamePriceChange% Chg
    1.4191-0.0015-0.11%
    USDSGD=X
    1.4968+0.0004+0.03%
    EURSGD=X
    1.7738+0.0018+0.10%
    GBPSGD=X
    80.0440+0.068+0.09%
    SGDJPY=X
    5.4673+0.0061+0.11%
    SGDHKD=X
    3.1408+0.0035+0.11%
    SGDMYR=X
    9,443.5703-0.8447-0.01%
    SGDIDR=X
    4.8458+0.0027+0.06%
    SGDCNY=X
    1.0907+0.0007+0.06%
    AUDSGD=X
  • Commodities
    Commodities
    NamePriceChange% Chg
    1,237.90-1.00-0.08%
    GCJ17.CMX
    18.01+0.01+0.05%
    SIH17.CMX
    91.73-0.83-0.89%
    ^XAU
    2.740.00-0.11%
    HGH17.CMX
    54.43+0.10+0.18%
    CLJ17.NYM
  • Bonds
    Bonds
    TreasuryYield (%)Yield Change
    1.92+0.01
    ^FVX
    2.430.00
    ^TNX
    3.04+0.01
    ^TYX