Singapore happier than HK

Local | Lauren Lau 31 Jul 2019

Happiness among Hong Kong youths has hit a new low and they lag behind their peers in Singapore, according to a university survey.

The City University of Hong Kong's department of social and behavioral sciences yesterday released its 2019 Youth Happiness Index for Hong Kong and Singapore after interviewing around 1,000 people below 40 from January to June.

Hong Kong's score was 6.8 out of 10, while Singapore's was 7.48.

"Hong Kong youths are leading very depressed lives," said Dennis Wong Sing-wing, the principal investigator of the research study.

The research study compared 11 criteria, including politics and society, economy, environment, medical services and healthcare, entertainment, housing, welfare, cultural preservation, career prospects, public security and education.

The lowest scores in Hong Kong were for housing at 3.87, politics at 4.79 and environment at 4.87.

It found young adults in Hong Kong are more frustrated about housing prices, space and waiting times than those in Singapore.

"Controversies like the Lantau Tomorrow Vision project, long waiting times for public health care, limited development for unconventional careers and academic programs are all irritating problems for our youth," Wong said.

Hong Kong youth also believed that prestigious academic qualifications and good results would lead to happiness, while those in Singapore thought otherwise.

"It is quite unexpected to see a place with much stricter laws than Hong Kong be happier. My observation is that the policies in Singapore are much more citizen-oriented, making life easier and happier for them," said Grace Lee Man-pui, a 22-year-old final year criminology student who participated in the research study.

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