Do you think Sydney is the least stressful city in Asia Pacific?

Beach-goers lounging on the sands of Bondi Beach in Sydney. Source: Shuttestock

AUSTRALIA’s largest metropolis Sydney is supposedly the least stressful city in Asia, according to a new ranking released last week.

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.

Most of the top spots were taken out by European countries: Stuttgart, Hannover, Munich and Hamburg in Germany (interesting given Zipjet is a German company); Luxembourg, Bern in Switzerland and Bordeaux, France.

In the Asia Pacific region, Sydney was ranked first at number 8 overall followed by its Australian rival Melbourne in 20th place. Next came Singapore quite a bit further down the list at number 42.

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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 (apart from the Little Red Dot), Phnom Penh, Cambodia was ranked the best at 96th, followed by 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,” said Managing Director of Zipjet, Florian Färber.

“We hope that by pinpointing how the least stressful cities are managing this issue, those cities struggling with a stressed out population can overcome it.”