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So you’re looking for the world’s least stressful cities? Better look outside Asia then according to this new list.

The 2017 Global Least & Most Stressful Cities Ranking by online laundry service Zipjet ranked 150 cities around the world based on a range of factors including average annual sunshine hours, population density and green space, traffic and air pollution, unemployment, social security, racial equality and health. (You may well ask why an online laundry service is conducting such a survey…)

Most of the top spots were taken by European countries: Stuttgart, Hannover, Munich and Hamburg in Germany; Luxembourg, Bern in Switzerland and Bordeaux, France. (It hasn’t gone unnoticed that Zipjet is a German company)

In the Asia Pacific region, Sydney was ranked first at No 8 overall followed by its Australian southern rival Melbourne in 20th place. Next came Singapore quite a bit further down the list at number 42.

Most Asian cities were edged out by their European and North American counterparts – next came Taipei, Taiwan (61); Osaka (66) and Tokyo (72), Japan; and the Chinese cities of Tianjin (87), Shanghai (91) and Beijing (100).

In Southeast Asia, Phnom Penh, Cambodia was ranked the best at 96th, beating next-door neighbour Bangkok (104), Ho Chi Minh City (106), Kuala Lumpur (110) and Jakarta (132). Way down the list was the Philippines’ capital Manila at 141.

“Mental health problems are on the rise worldwide, with stress being a trigger and contributing factor towards this increase,” Zipjet managing director Florian Färber said.

 

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Tim Newton has lived in Thailand since 2011. An Australian, he has worked in the media, principally radio and TV, for 42 years. He has won the Deutsche Welle Award for best radio talk program (public radio Australia), presented over 11,000 radio news bulletins, 3,950 in Thailand alone, hosted 1050 daily TV news programs and produced 2,100 videos, TV commercials and documentaries. He also reported for CNN, Deutsche Welle TV, CBC, Australia's ABC TV and Australian radio during the 2018 Cave Rescue and other major stories in Thailand.

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