Hong Kong was ranked 41st while Seoul and Singapore tied for 54th place.
The EIU ranks our fine city a 54 in terms of livability.
Vancouver eclipsed 127 other cities in a new survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit, which looked at a wide range of criteria, including personal risk, healthcare, the availability of goods and services, and climate.
Now, most of us would agree the standards of living in Singapore are quite high, compared to the average Asian city. We are named one of the most wireless-network ready country in the world. Our streets are clean, our transportation world-class except for the ubiquitous morning rush. Our crime rate is one of the lowest in the world. And we certainly seem to fit the top niches of all the criterias mentioned.
So why are we at, pardon me, roughly somewhere at the bottom of the slag heap of the first world cities?
Perhaps it is the fact that the Singapore government's continual oppression of freedom of speech turns people off. Or maybe it is that our laws, antiquated in its colonial heritage, still bar a harmless human sex act - it is time for eyebrows to be raised when the government wants to control what happens in the bedroom. Maybe it is because we have little natural attractions besides our fabulously tall 166m Bukit Timah, right next to whom we have rifle ranges.
[about Vancouver, the number 1 city]The university has a nudist beach. Whistler mountain ski resort is a quick drive from downtown. The climate is mild in winter and sunny in summer.
Maybe it is none of the above, and the people who graded our city couldn't stand the hot weather.
Related blogs and links:
EIU, Livability Index