REPOST: Mercer: Singapore best country to live in Asia for expatriates

Very few countries around the world can offer the ideal living conditions and career opportunities that would allow a foreign worker to fully explore his potential and achieve the highest quality of life. One of these countries is Singapore, which Mercer has recently declared to be the most conducive country in Asia for expatriates to thrive. Read The Online Citizen‘s report below:


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Consulting firm Mercer has announced on Tuesday (14 March) the result of the 19th Quality of Living survey which concluded that Singapore is the 25th country in the world and the first in Asia as the best place to live for expatriates, saying that Singapore is a country where there is a great disparity in quality of living.


Western European cities continue to surpass the rest of the world when it comes to expatriate quality of living, by taking eight of the top spots in Mercer’s annual ranking.


For eight year in a row, Vienna, Austria’s grand capital on the Danube river, was ranked the best place to live in the world for expatriates.


On the other end of the spectrum, Baghdad, Iraq, is concluded as the worst place to live as it was considered as an unsafe and war-torn city.


In Southeast Asia, Kuala Lumpur, ranked 86th, follows Singapore.


While, other key cities include Bangkok, ranked 131th, Manila, ranked 135th, and Jakarta, ranked 143rd. Five Japanese cities top the ranking for East Asia, which is Tokyo, ranked 47th, Kobe, ranked 50th, Yokohama, ranked 51st, Osaka, ranked 60th, and Nagoya, ranked 63rd.


Mercer’s survey also includes a city infrastructure ranking that assesses each city’s supply of electricity, drinking water, telephone and mail services, and public transportation as well as traffic congestion and the range of international flights available from local airports.


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