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Taipei remains Asia's seventh most livable city: UK survey

2015/01/24 10:05:45

An aerial view from above eastern Taipei

Taipei, Jan. 24 (CNA) Taipei has retained its seventh place ranking on the list of Asia's most livable cities in 2015, according to an annual survey released by a British human resources consulting company.

Of the 54 Asian cities assessed, Singapore retained the top spot, followed by Osaka, Nagoya, Tokyo, Yokohama and Hong Kong, the ECA International said in the survey on Jan. 22. The eighth to 10th places were held by Busan, Macau and Seoul, respectively.

Taiwan's top cities, Taipei and Kaohsiung, have retained their positions in seventh and 11th places, respectively, in the Asian livable cities rankings.

Globally, Taipei ranks 65th this year, up from last year's 75th -- largely due to movements of cities around it in the ranking -- while Kaohsiung occupies 101st place.

Singapore maintains its position at the top of the 2015 global ranking for quality of living for Asian assignees, thanks to the city's good air quality, solid infrastructure, decent medical facilities, low crime and low health risks, the ECA survey revealed.

"Where an employee is going from and to can affect the level of adaptation required on the part of the assignee for some of the factors we measure. For this reason, our analysis takes into account both the home and destination countries," said Lee Quane, ECA's regional director in Asia.

"So, while Singapore ranks at the top for Asians, it ranks 96th globally for someone coming from Western Europe. For European expatriates, Bern and Copenhagen are the most livable locations," Quane added.

Updated annually, ECA's Location Ratings system evaluates a host of factors to form an assessment of the overall quality of living in over 450 locations worldwide. The system helps companies establish appropriate allowances to compensate employees for the adjustment required when going on an international assignment.

Factors assessed include climate; availability of health services; housing and utilities; isolation; access to a social network and leisure facilities; infrastructure; personal safety; political tensions and air quality.

(By Jeffrey Wu)