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What does a highly liveable Singapore mean?

Beware of sweeping generalisations. Instead, look at the expectations, evaluations and experiences of both locals and foreigners.

Is Singapore a highly liveable place? Some say yes, pointing to its low crime rate, good infrastructure and efficient public services. Others cite findings from global surveys consistently showing that Singapore ranks high in liveability among cities in the world.

For example, in the latest Mercer Quality of Living Survey - in which Vienna ranked top in overall liveability - Singapore was ranked 25th in the list of more than 450 cities surveyed worldwide, and top among the cities in Asia. The overall liveability was based on evaluations on 39 factors grouped into 10 broad categories such as education, housing and health.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 15, 2018, with the headline 'What does a highly liveable Singapore mean?'. Subscribe