Penang Moves Up Ranking
PENANG: George Town has improved a notch to rank as the 9th most liveable city in Asia in a survey of 254 cities worldwide.
The ECA International Location Ranking Survey had the previous year ranked the Penang capital as the 10th most liveable city in Asia for Asians.
George Town also saw the biggest improvement in scores among the 49 Asians cities surveyed by rising 11 notches in global ranking from 74 to 63.
ECA International general manager Lee Quane said in a press release that the big rise was due to improvements in recreation, housing and personal security.
Globally, Singapore maintained the top spot as the best place for Asians to live according to the annual survey which compares living standards according to categories, including climate, air quality, health services, housing and utilities, isolation, social network and leisure facilities, infrastructure, personal safety and political tension.
Kuala Lumpur tied with George Town as the 9th most liveable city in Asia and the 63rd most liveable city in the world.
Three Japanese cities made it to the top ten in the Asian ranking. They were Kobe (2nd), Yokohama (3rd) and Tokyo (4th). Kobe and Yokohama were also among the top ten in global ranking at 3rd and 8th spots respectively.
The other cities which made it to the top ten in the Asian ranking were Hong Kong which tied with Tokyo at 4th spot, Taipei (6th), Macau (7th) and Bangkok (8th).
Three Australian cities made it to the top ten in global ranking. They were Sydney at 2nd spot, Melbourne which tied with Kobe at 3rd spot, and Canberra at 6th spot. The other cities in the top ten in global ranking were Copenhagen at 5th spot, Vancouver (7th), Wellington (8th) and Dublin (10th).
The least liveable cities were Baghdad at the last spot, Kabul (253rd) and Karachi (252nd).
ECA International is a membership organisation for international human resources professionals. It serves a global network of over 4,000 human resource professionals in 71 countries.
Source : The Star Thursday March 6, 2008 Close Window