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Old 10-16-2014, 11:20 PM
 
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Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Brunei

Taiwan and Hong Kong are part of China.
Taiwan: no
Hongkong: absolutely not.

I think the order of developed country should be:
Japan Singapore Hongkong South Korea.
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Old 10-17-2014, 04:02 AM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Shenzhen, Suzhou, Wuxi's per capita GDP is US$25-27K (PPP), higher than Greece and Portugal.
Did you just compare the city to a country?

You should've compared Shenzhen GDP per capita to Athens or Lisbon.
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Old 01-06-2015, 11:56 PM
 
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Onwards Malaysia! She is coming greater and more victorious.
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Old 01-07-2015, 06:14 AM
 
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There many oil based rich countries such as Brunei, Saudi arabia, Qatar, but we don't call them developed.
That's because in those countries, all the wealth is owned by a few oil sheikhs. The vast majority of people there are poor.
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Old 01-08-2015, 05:23 AM
 
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Hong Kong's wages are ridiculously low for a place with such high housing prices. Not to mention, cost of living is almost on par with the states and canada.
The house prices are indeed ridiculous, but apart from that the cost of living is low, if you live like a local. Lunch outside will cost you about 4-6 dollars. You can go swimming for 3 dollars. You wont need a car or health insurance and you don't need to pay much in taxes. Also, no place have cheaper technology, and groceries are cheap provided you eat what locals eat.

The key to survive in Hong Kong is to spend as little as possible on housing. Get a small studio (25sqm) outside the city centre and share it with your girlfriend/wife. Then you will have enough money for other things.
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Old 01-08-2015, 05:30 AM
 
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Shenzhen, Suzhou, Wuxi's per capita GDP is US$25-27K (PPP), higher than Greece and Portugal.
Bad examples, I wouldn't call Greece or Portugal developed countries.

Also you cannot compare cities with countries. A lot of the wealth is concentrated with some rich people, but the people living in the cities are not rich yet.

Hence you rather should compare wages adjusted for cost of living. Shenzhen, Suzhou and Wuxi still got some way to go before they get to the level of Berlin, Copenhagen or even Rome.
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Old 01-08-2015, 06:08 AM
 
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What 4 countries in your opinion provide the highest quality of life for citizens in Asia?

My guess is Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Singapore.
Again it depends on exactly what you meant by quality of life.....work-life balance? access to healthcare support?? Or economic opportunity?
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Old 01-10-2015, 10:47 AM
 
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Not quite correct, Gulf states citizens enjoy high quality of living, but some of the countries have very high ratio of foreigners in the population.

Equatorial Guinea is a much closer example than the Gulf states where most citizens do not enjoy high quality of life.
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That's because in those countries, all the wealth is owned by a few oil sheikhs. The vast majority of people there are poor.
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Old 01-10-2015, 11:02 AM
 
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Cost of living in the 4 Asian tigers of HK, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan are even lower than Greece and Portugal except housing. Wage level in the 4 places are low compared to Western developed countries and Japan but most things are much cheaper. Singaporeans may not want to buy a flat like HKers do, because public housing is considered inferior in HK but not in Singapore. HK women prefer men who own a flat instead of renting cheap government built flats.

All 4 Asian tigers are developed due to the advanced telecommunication technology being widely used by their residents and governments.
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The house prices are indeed ridiculous, but apart from that the cost of living is low, if you live like a local. Lunch outside will cost you about 4-6 dollars. You can go swimming for 3 dollars. You wont need a car or health insurance and you don't need to pay much in taxes. Also, no place have cheaper technology, and groceries are cheap provided you eat what locals eat.

The key to survive in Hong Kong is to spend as little as possible on housing. Get a small studio (25sqm) outside the city centre and share it with your girlfriend/wife. Then you will have enough money for other things.
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Old 01-31-2015, 04:26 PM
 
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The four most developed nations in the Asian continent are, in order:

1. Japan
2. South Korea
3. Singapore
4. Hong Kong

Japan is the most developed Asian country and outranks all the others thanks to having the least income-inequality (which means citizens enjoy higher wages and easy access to services and opportunities) and the best old-age care in Asia. South Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong have major income-inequality issues and old-age care issues. Japan's main issue is its stagnant economy. South Korea can match Japan in the future if they continue improving.

Sources:
Human Development Index (HDI) | Human Development Reports
Inequality-adjusted Human Development Index (IHDI) | Human Development Reports
First ever Index to measure the wellbeing of older people | Global AgeWatch Index 2014
OECD Better Life Index

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