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Singapore best city in Asia for expatriates again

ANN/THE STRAITS TIMES – Deciding where to live and work abroad is a huge undertaking, especially if a person is planning to uproot the family. Perhaps the biggest question of all is: “Where do we go?”

Vienna, Zurich or Auckland just bagged the top spots in global consulting firm Mercer’s 2023 Quality of Living survey for expatriates while Singapore was the highest ranked Asian entry, but tied overall in 29th place with Adelaide.

Mercer analysed living conditions in more than 450 cities worldwide, looking at 39 factors including political and social environment, health, education, recreation and housing.

The list was last published in the pre-pandemic days of 2019. Singapore was first in Asia that year too and the five years preceding it – but has never broken into the top 10 globally.

Vienna retained its place at the top of this year’s overall ranking, with the survey’s compilers highlighting the city’s vibrant cultural scene, architecture and history.

The Swiss city of Zurich, in second spot, was hailed for its political stability and high-quality infrastructure, while on the other side of the world, Auckland was praised for its high standard of healthcare and cultural dynamism.

Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen, and Switzerland’s Geneva took fourth and fifth spots.

In a top 10 largely dominated by Western European cities, Canada’s Vancouver was the lone North American entry, sitting in eighth place and hailed for its “outdoor recreation and cosmopolitan living”.

Singapore the highest ranked Asian entry, tied overall in 29th place with Adelaide. PHOTO: THE STRAITS TIMES

New York charted at 40th place, three spots beneath San Francisco.

London topped the British entries in 45th place, with Aberdeen at number 49 and Edinburgh at 51.

Dubai was the highest ranked Middle Eastern city in 79th place, while Mauritian capital Port Louis was Africa’s top city at number 88.

For Australia, Sydney ranked ninth, with Melbourne and Perth coming in 21st and 22nd.

“The current global landscape is affected by geopolitical turmoil, natural disasters and other challenges, all of which have significant implications for cities and their ability to attract talent,” said Mercer’s global head of mobility Yvonne Traber.