Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City remain low in global living quality rankings

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A file photo of foreigners celebrating new year in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Dao Ngoc Thach A file photo of foreigners celebrating new year in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Dao Ngoc Thach

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Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi have been ranked 152nd and 153rd out of 230 cities around the world in the latest quality-of-living ranking released by London-based human resources consultancy company Mercer Tuesday.
Their positions are nearly unchanged from last year’s rankings when they were respectively ranked 153rd and 154th.
The annual ranking is compiled based on a variety of factors such as crime figures, performance of local law enforcement, public services, and economic environment.
It is meant to help businesses, especially multinational companies, compensate their employees when sending them to work overseas, Mercer said.
Singapore is again the most livable city in Asia and 26th globally.
Kuala Lumpur, ranked 86th, is the second best performer in Southeast Asia, followed by Bangkok, Manila, and Jakarta in 129th, 136th and 142nd places respectively.
Vienna retains top position, followed by Zurich, Auckland, and Munich.
Damascus and Baghdad are the worst performers.

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