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Taipei is the 22nd safest city in the world: report

2017/10/13 22:40:13

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Taipei, Oct. 13 (CNA) Taiwan's Taipei City ranked 22nd in the Economist Intelligence Units' Safe Cities Index 2017, newly published on its website on Thursday, which ranks 60 cities across 49 indicators covering digital security, health security, infrastructure security and personal security.

With an overall index of 80.70, Taipei took the 22nd spot on the list amongst many other Asian and European cities, all of which remained at the top of the index for 2017.

Tokyo continued its reign at number one in the ranking followed by Singapore and Osaka in descending order, while other notable Asian cities such as Hong Kong, Seoul, Beijing, and Shanghai ranked 9th, 14th, 32nd, and 34th, respectively.

In the category of personal security, five of the top 10 performing cities were Asian, namely Singapore at number one, Osaka at three, Tokyo at four, Taipei at six, and Hong Kong at seven.

In the three other categories, Taipei ranked 31st in digital security, 14th in health security, and 26th in infrastructure security.

According to the report, while security continues to be linked to income, wealth is by no means the only factor governing city performance on security. A city's hard and soft infrastructure also plays a role in determining its security.

The Safe Cities Index 2017 is an updated and expanded version of the Economist's Safe Cities Index 2015, in which Taipei ranked 14th amongst 46 cities.

(By Emerson Lim and Kuan-lin Liu)