Taipei world’s 7th smartest city: IMD

Singapore stands at No.1, but Taipei second in Asia

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A shopping mall with book store in Taipei City (photo by John123521).

A shopping mall with book store in Taipei City (photo by John123521). (Wikimedia Commons photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taipei is the world’s seventh smartest city, ahead of Tokyo and New York, according to the Smart City Index 2019 published by Switzerland’s IMD Business School.

The world’s smartest city, Singapore, was the only other Asian city to finish in the top 10, which also included seven European cities.

The review was based on interviews with 120 residents in 102 cities about the use of technology in their daily lives, the UDN reported. Question topics included the use of the Internet to register for hospital visits, attitudes toward closed-circuit TV cameras in fighting crime, and satisfaction with transportation.

In the top 5, Singapore was followed by Zurich in Switzerland, the Norwegian capital Oslo, the Swiss city of Geneva, and the Danish capital Copenhagen. Following Taipei, Hong Kong was the next Asian city on the list, but it sat at No. 37, 30 spots behind the Taiwanese capital.