Singapore is one of Asia’s most advanced and cosmopolitan cities, with a standard of living comparable to North America and Western Europe.
In terms of quality of life, it is tops in Asia and No. 25 in the world, according to the annual Mercer Human Resource Consulting survey in 2011. Survey criteria included political, social, economic and environmental factors, as well as personal safety, health, education, transport and other public services. According to United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) index, Singapore is the 26th most desirable country to live in worldwide.
Singapore’s Gross Domestic Product per capita in 2011 stood at S$63,050, among the highest in the world. Poverty rates are low and most Singaporeans are blessed with a roof over their heads.
Because land is scarce, the majority of the population live in high-rise Housing Board flats (public housing) and condominiums. Out of these, more than 90 per cent of households own their homes and are equipped with modern amenities.
Source: Statistics Singapore
Crime rates are low, with Singapore ranked the safest city in the Asia-Pacific by Mercer (2011). Healthcare standards are high, with about 1 doctor to every 555 persons in 2011. Singapore has also acquired a reputation for being a medical hub for South-east Asia.
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