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Singapore rose two notches to sixth spot as the most expensive city in Asia after four Japanese cities and Seoul, owing to the strong Singapore dollar and a 5.7 per cent rise in the average price of goods and services.

Also, for the first time in at least 10 years, Singapore is deemed more expensive than Hong Kong, which turned up at ninth spot in terms of most costly locations in Asia, according to the latest Cost of Living Survey conducted by ECA International.

‘When we look at the overall cost of ECA’s basket of goods and services in Singapore a year ago, these items were 1.7 per cent less expensive in Singapore than when purchased in Hong Kong,’ says Mr Lee Quane, Regional Director, ECA International, Asia. ‘Now those same items are 8.5 per cent more expensive in Singapore than Hong Kong.’

Globally, Singapore has catapulted to 31st spot from 42nd a year ago while Japan, owing to the strong yen, retains its grip on the top spot as world’s most costly location. Hong Kong has dropped 26 places to 58th position in the global ranking – the largest fall of any city in Asia – despite the price of goods there having increased.


Vienna’s excellent infrastructure, safe streets and good public health service make it the nicest place to live in the world, consulting group Mercer said in a global survey which put Baghdad firmly in last place.

German and Swiss cities also performed especially well in the quality of living rankings, with Zurich, Munich, Duesseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva and Bern in the top 10.

The Austrian capital, with its ornate buildings, public parks and extensive bicycle network recently reduced the cost of its annual public transport ticket to 1 euro a day.

Serious crime is rare and the city of around 1.7 million inhabitants regularly tops global quality of life surveys.

But Mercer warned that top-ranking European cities could not take their position for granted in the survey, which assessed more than 200 cities.

“They are not immune to any decrease of living standards should this (economic) turmoil persist,” Mercer’s senior researcher Slagin Parakatil said on the company’s website.

Rank City Country
1 Vienna Austria
2 Zurich Switzerland
3 Auckland New Zealand
4 Munich Germany
5 Düsseldorf Germany
6 Vancouver Canada
7 Frankfurt Germany
8 Geneva Switzerland
9 Bern Switzerland
9 Copenhagen Denmark
11 Sydney Australia
12 Amsterdam Netherlands
13 Wellington New Zealand
14 Ottawa Canada
15 Toronto Canada
16 Hamburg Germany
17 Berlin Germany
18 Melbourne Australia
19 Luxembourg Luxembourg
20 Stockholm Sweden
21 Perth Australia
22 Brussels Belgium
22 Montreal Canada
24 Nurnberg Germany
25 Singapore Singapore
26 Canberra Australia
26 Dublin Ireland
28 Stuttgart Germany
29 Honolulu, HI United States
30 Adelaide Australia
30 Paris France
30 San Francisco, CA United States
33 Calgary Canada
33 Oslo Norway
35 Helsinki Finland
36 Boston, MA United States
37 Brisbane Australia
38 London United Kingdom
39 Lyon France
40 Barcelona Spain
41 Lisbon Portugal
42 Milan Italy
43 Chicago, IL United States
43 Madrid Spain
43 Washington, DC United States
46 Tokyo Japan
47 New York City, NY United States
48 Seattle, WA United States
49 Kobe Japan
49 Pittsburgh, PA United States
49 Yokohama Japan

Singapore has come out tops in Mercer’s Quality of Living and Safety surveys. The city ranked 25th in the Quality of Life survey and eight in the safety one.

Singapore beat countries like Tokyo (46), Hong Kong (70) and Kuala Lumpur (76) in terms of quality of life to be the highest ranking Asian country on the list.

Singapore rose in the rankings after coming in 28th last year.

This year, the survey separately identifies those cities with the highest personal safety ranking based on internal stability, crime levels, law enforcement effectiveness and the host country’s international relations.

Luxembourg tops this personal safety ranking, followed by Bern, Helsinki and Zurich – all ranked at number two.

Singapore, ranking eight, is the only Asian country in the top 30.


  • Singapore, Japan, and South Korea remain the most ambitious in the world when it comes to broadband services, according to a new study from the Economist Intelligence Unit.
  • Now in its third edition, the government broadband report shows that East Asian governments are targeting faster services and greater coverage than other countries. Already considered some of the most advanced broadband economies in the world, all three will significantly extend their lead if they meet targets.
  • Each has an official plan to provide 1Gbps services within the next two to five years, and both Singapore and Japan aim to cover more than 90% of households with these services over that time frame.
  • In Europe, governments have been focused on addressing regional and rural areas the private sector would struggle to serve profitably,” says Iain Morris, editor of the report. “As a result, target speeds tend to range from 20Mbps to 50Mbps for between 75% and 90% of households.”
  • Northern countries, including Estonia, Finland and Sweden, are typically more aggressive, targeting speeds of 100Mbps for between 90% and 100% of households within the next five to 10 years.
  • Approaches vary in other parts of the world, although higher levels of public-sector funding per household covered generally correspond to more government intervention.
  • Australia is spending the most in public-sector funds per household covered of any country in the world, with a government plan to create, own and operate an ultra-fast network in almost all parts of the country.
  • In the US and Canada, governments are mainly focused on reducing the so-called ‘digital divide’ by funding network rollout in rural areas

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  • The Singapore Polytechnic Electrical and Electronic Engineering Cloud Computing Center is set to launch, marking the first educational institute in Asia Pacific to provide students with the latest skills in cloud computing through an operational data center environment.
  • Conceived by its School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, the SPE3C3 will provide teaching staff and students in the school with “on-demand, scalable, virtual computing and storage in labs to enable more sophisticated projects and research work,” according to the press release.
  • The SPE3C3 was developed in collaboration with technology providers Cisco, Citrix Systems and NetApp.
  • Singapore Polytechnic is using the benefits of cloud computing to realize cost savings, energy efficiency and dynamic scalability.
  • The resources will initially be available to the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering students on campus, then later be accessible to all students on and outside of campus via Internet access in the near future.
  • The new SPE3C3 shows Singapore Polytechnic’s commitment to innovation in education and the use of cutting edge technology to provide its students with relevant and up-to-date training to develop their skills in virtualization, enterprise and cloud computing,” said Tan Hang Cheong, principal, Singapore Polytechnic. Singapore Polytechnic graduates will be truly work-ready in the cloud era and be able to contribute immediately to the industry upon graduation.”
  • Starting in April 2012, students in the third year of the Diploma in Computer Engineering course at Singapore Polytechnic’s School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering will be able to take two new elective modules, Data Center Management and System Virtualization.

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  • SoftLayer Technologies has opened a new data center in Singapore, deploying its new space quickly after leasing 48,000 square feet of turn-key space from Digital Realty Trust. SoftLayer will use the facility to boost its capabilities for delivering hosting and cloud services throughout the Asia Pacific region.
  • Proximity to our customers is crucial to driving innovation and improving a better end-user experience,” said George Karidis, Chief Strategy Officer for SoftLayer. “We turned to Digital Realty to assist us in our international expansion efforts because their facilities gave us a way to rapidly deploy and get our data center operations live quickly. They also understood the importance of having this data center operate to the highest standards, ensuring our customers get the same experience from every SoftLayer data center globally.
  • SoftLayer provided a look inside the new facility in a recent blog post. The Singapore data center has its own floor within Digital Realty’s 29A International Business Park property, a 370,500 square foot (34,421 square meter) data center facility located in Singapore’s Jurong East area. The seven-story data centre development project delivers up to 30 megawatts of 2N UPS capacity and a design that enables it to support both dedicated and shared customer environments.

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  • Google has acquired land in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore to build data centers in these three locations, it said Wednesday.
  • The data centers will be the “first Google proprietary data centers in Asia,” and will be fully owned and operated by the company, said Taj Meadows, the company’s policy communications manager for Asia Pacific.
  • More people are coming online every day in Asia than in any other part of the world, so locating data centers there is an important next stage of Google’s investment in the region, the company said Local data centers will help the company provide faster and more reliable access to Google’s services, it added.
  • here is a large surge in Internet use in Asia, particularly for consumer applications, said Jun Fwu Chin, research manager for virtualization and data center at IDC Malaysia.
  • A number of new data centers are coming up in the region as multinational Internet and hosting companies set up data centers to serve local customers, and also to meet governments regulations in some countries that require data to be handled locally, Chin said.
  • The company has acquired 2.45 hectares of land in Jurong West, Singapore, and another 15 hectares of land in Changhua County, Taiwan, to build the data centers. It has also acquired 2.7 hectares of land in Kowloon, Hong Kong, for a data center there.
  • Google expects to invest over US$100 million in each of the facilities in Taiwan and Hong Kong, including the cost of land, construction and technical equipment. It did not specify the size of the investment in Singapore.

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