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Singapore is 'fourth most liveable city' in Asia

The Republic came in 52nd out of 140 cities

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Singapore is the fourth most liveable city in Asia after Osaka, Tokyo and Hong Kong in the latest such ranking by The Economist magazine. The index ranks cities based on factors across five categories including stability, healthcare, culture, education and infrastructure. It is designed to help international firms work out how much to pay employees to live and work in a given city. 

A city’s overall score of more than 80 implies that there are few lifestyle challenges, and employees posted there do not merit hardship pay. 

The Republic Singapore came in 52nd out of 140 cities in the Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) latest Liveability Ranking. Hong Kong was ranked 31st.

The index, designed to help international firms work out how much to pay employees to live and work in a given city, ranks cities based on measures such as stability, health care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

Although Singapore is ahead of Hong Kong on infrastructure and fares equally well in terms of stability and healthcare, it underperforms Hong Kong on the education, culture and environment fronts. Singapore’s culture and environment score was lowered by its humid climate and the attendant discomfort to travellers .  It also lost marks on censorship. 

The Australian city of Melbourne was tops for the fourth year in a row, with a score of 97.5 out of 100, while the war-torn Syrian city of Damascus was in last place with 30.5 points.



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