Bangkok named one of the world’s worst cities for work-life balance

Bangkok is just barely above the bottom of a list of 100 cities across the globe ranked for their work-life balance. Thailand’s capital came in at 96th place on the list. The 4 cities in the world with a worse work-life balance than Bangkok are Sao Paolo, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, and Cape Town.

On the flipside, the cities with the world’s best work-life balance are Oslo, Bern, Helsinki, Zurich, and Copenhagen. The rankings are part of the Work/Life Balance Index by Kisi, a software company. Last year, Kisi ranked Bangkok 49th place out of 50 cities.

Kisi ranked cities by 3 main categories: work intensity, the role of society and institutions, and the cities’ livability. Work intensity covers having remote jobs, minimum vacation days, and paid parental leave. The society and institutions category covers COVID-19 support, accessibility to mental healthcare, and inclusivity. City livability covers people’s happiness, safety, affordability, air quality, and wellness.

Thailand overall doesn’t appear to be leading global rankings on well being. On a list of 146 countries on the World Happiness Index, Thailand ranks at 61. Though Thailand is somewhere in the middle on the World Happiness Index, it ranks in third place on the list of nine Southeast Asian countries. In Southeast Asia, Singapore is the happiest country, and Myanmar is the least happy.

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SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.

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