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Jakarta Post

Jakarta lags in living quality and safety

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 10 2008   /  10:20 am

Jakarta trails Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Manila in terms of the quality of living, but is ahead of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, a survey of 215 cities worldwide revealed Monday. The Quality of Living survey, conducted by global consulting firm Mercer, ranked each city on a points system. Cities were compared to New York City, with an index score of 100. This year, the best city in terms of quality of living was Zurich with a score of 108, while the worst was Baghdad with 13.5. Jakarta scored 63.7 and ranked at 146, down from 142 last year with the same score. "Falling four spots from last year's ranking, Jakarta nevertheless maintains its score in the 2008 Quality of Living index," Mutiarawaty Thaher, a business leader at Mercer Indonesia, said in a press release. "Jakarta boasts a large bustling business district, nume...