Seoul is world’s 8th safest city

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Seoul has been ranked the world’s eighth safest city, the latest report from the Economist Intelligence Unit shows.

The Safe Cities Index 2019 report was released Thursday, with the Korean capital city ranked eighth out of 60 cities, after examining 57 indicators, including infrastructure, digital security, health security and personal security.

Tokyo topped the list for the third straight year, while Singapore and Osaka remained in second and third place, respectively. Amsterdam was fourth, followed by Sydney, Toronto, Washington D.C., Seoul and Copenhagen (equal eighth)

Seoul was in third place, after Osaka and Tokyo, in the health security category.

“These leaders get the basics right, scoring well ― including often getting full marks ― for areas like healthcare access and quality, safe food, water and air, and speed of emergency services,” the report says.

Hong Kong, ninth in 2017, dropped to 20 this year. The city has been mired in a political crisis over a controversial extradition bill since June.

1. Tokyo, Japan

2. Singapore

3. Osaka, Japan

4. Amsterdam, the Netherlands

5. Sydney, Australia

6. Toronto, Canada

7. Washington DC, the United States

8. Seoul, Korea

9. Copenhagen, Denmark

10. Melbourne, Australia

By Jung Min-ho, TheKoreaTimes

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