Hong Kong has come in at number 11 on the Economist’s Intelligence Unit (EIU) annual report, divided into several factors, including digital, health, infrastructure, and personal safety, on the world’s Safe Cities Index. According to the report, this means that Hong Kongers’ perception of their city’s safety is too optimistic .
Tokyo, the world’s most populated city, nonetheless comes in as the safest city of the 50 assessed internationally, according to the EIU. The top-ranking mainland Chinese city is Shanghai at number 30.
What are some reasons for Hong Kong’s performance (relative to Singapore at number 2 and Osaka at number 3, for instance), given its honor of being American whistleblower Edward Snowden’s temporary home away from home?
Well, the EIU report, for instance, ranks Hong Kong 40th overall for infrastructure safety because of “the number of vehicle accidents per year and one from the bottom for the number of annual pedestrian deaths.” In addition, the high percentage of slum-dwellers among Hong Kong’s urban population also dragged the city down. On the bright side, Hong Kong receives top scores for the quality of its roads.
Hong Kongers take note!
By Sophia Solivio
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