BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB), the capital of Brunei, has been ranked as Southeast Asia's third most liveable city after Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
According to the latest Global Liveability Ranking report released by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) recently, BSB is placed number 100 in a global ranking of most liveable cities, ahead of Bangkok (No. 102), Manila (No. 104), Jakarta (No. 118), Hanoi (No. 119), Ho Chi Minh City (No. 122) and Phnom Penh (No. 123), thanks mainly to improvements in the sultanate's infrastructure, local media reported on Saturday.
"Half of the improving cities are based in Asia where Shanghai, BSB, Phnom Penh and Colombo saw improvements in their rankings in the past year, which the survey attributed largely to infrastructural improvements and broadening cultural availability," EIU said in its report.
BSB's latest ranking shows an improvement over last two years. The Sultanate's capital ranked 101 in 2016 and 2015.
"Compared with Hong Kong, BSB is an easy city to live in, which is much less flashy and much more tranquil," an expatriate from Hong Kong told Xinhua, commenting on the report.
The EIU Liveability index scores 140 of the world's major cities in healthcare, education, stability, culture, environment and infrastructure. Melbourne in Australia topped the charts for the seventh consecutive year as the most liveable urban center among the cities surveyed, followed by the Austrian capital Vienna.
Cities ranked at the bottom include Kiev in Ukraine and Damascus in war-torn Syria.