The Mercer Quality of Living Survey, which annually ranks 231 cities from all over the world, has released its 21st annual survey, ranking Singapore as the country with the highest quality of living in Asia
The survey, which is one of the most comprehensive of its types in the world and evaluates 231 cities based on 39 factors that include political stability, healthcare, education, crime, recreation and transport, also ranked the Lion City the highest in Asia for personal safety. Although, Singapore was ranked 30 for personal safety globally.
Cambodia's Phnom Penh was ranked the lowest when it came to personal safety.
Meanwhile, safety continues to be an issue in the central Asian cities of Almaty in Kazakhstan, Tashkent in Uzbekistan, Ashgabat in Turkmenistan, Dushanbe in Tajikistan and Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan, the Mercer's annual survey noted.
Kuala Lumpur, which ranked 85 globally, was ranked 10 in Asia
The only other Malaysian city to feature in the international survey was Johor Baru which was ranked 12 in Southeast Asia. Globally, Johor Baru ranked 101.
To KL's credit, it was ranked higher than the Chinese cities of Beijing, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, and the Indian cities of New Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru.
The study is used by multinational companies and other organisations to compensate employees fairly when they are being posted on international assignments, according to Mercer
Ilya Bonic, senior partner and president of Mercer’s Career business, says that strong, on-the-ground capabilities "are integral to the global operations of most international businesses and are in large part driven by the personal and professional well-being of the individuals that companies place in those locations."
The survey is not designed for use as the basis for foreign investment or tourism.
Meanwhile, here are the top 10 and bottom 10 cities in the world:
Top 10 cities in the world:
1. Vienna, Austria
2. Zurich, Switzerland
3. Vancouver, Canada
4. Munich, Germany
5. Auckland, New Zealand
5. Dusseldorf, Germany
6. Frankfurt, Germany
7. Copenhagen, Denmark
8. Geneva, Switzerland
9. Basel, Switzerland
10. Sydney, Australia
Worst 10 cities in the world:
222. Conakry, Guinea
223. Kinshasha, the Democratic Republic of the Congo
224. Brazzaville, Congo
225. Damascus, Syria
226. N'Djamena, Chad
227. Khartoum, Sudan
228. Port Au Prince, Haiti
229. Sana'a, Yemen
230. Bangui, Central African Republic
231. Baghdad, Iraq.
Last week, the 2019 Sustainable Top 100 Destination Awards ranked Taiping the third most sustainable city in the world: