Taipei improves in quality of living, 84th globally: Mercer survey

Taipei, Taipei has moved up one spot from last year to reach 84th in the world for quality of living in an annual survey of over 200 cities, according to a Tuesday press release from global consulting firm Mercer.

In Mercer’s 2018 Quality of Living survey, Taipei was up one place above Kuala Lumpur, which was ranked 85th, while Taichung grabbed 101st place, retaining the same position as last year.

Other Asian cities on the list include Singapore, which remained the highest-ranking city in the region at 25th, Tokyo and Kobe at 50th, Hong Kong at 71st, Seoul at 79th, Shanghai at 103rd, Beijing and Guangzhou at 119th and Shenzhen at 130th.

According to the report, eight European cities made it into the top 10 — Vienna, Zurich, Munich, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Copenhagen and Basel.

Vienna, which had a population of approximately 1.8 million at the start of 2017, topped the ranking for the ninth consecutive year, according to Mercer.

The city provides its residents and expatriates with high security, well-laid-out transportation and a range of recreation options, Mercer explained.

On the other end of the spectrum are the bottom 10 cities, which are said to be developing, unsafe or war-torn — Baghdad, Bangui, Sana’a, Port au Prince, Khartoum, N’Djamena, Damascus, Brazzaville, Kinshasa and Conakry, Mercer explained.

According to the press release, Mercer’s survey of 231 cities around the world allows businesses and organizations to set salary and allowances fairly for expatriate staff on international assignments.

Its assessment criteria, using data largely analyzed between September and November 2017, include political stability, currency exchange regulations, health care, education, crime rate, recreation, availability of daily consumer items, housing, record of natural disasters and transportation, Mercer stated.

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Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel