Quality Of Life In Hong Kong In Decline: Study

By Haruna Kobayashi, for ExpatBriefing.com 15 August, 2014

A new study suggests that the quality of life in Hong Kong is declining, with rising property and rental prices, increasing air pollution, and more controls on the media.

The Centre for Quality of Life at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) said that its yearly index for 2013 had recorded an overall drop of 0.33 points, and that seven out of its 21 indicators had worsened in 2013. The index uses 2002 as its base year, which was given a score of 100, and the overall score for 2013 was 102.57.

According to the study, the housing affordability metric is now at its lowest level since the index was launched. The Centre's economic sub-index decreased by 0.45 points, falling to a record low, while the environmental sub-index recorded worse air quality and a declining recycling rate for solid waste.

Further, press freedom continued on a downward path for the fourth consecutive year, and there was heightened criticism of the press.

However, there were slight improvements in the social sub-index, with significantly more public expenditure on education and health. People's evaluations of current economic conditions also went up.

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