Skip to content
Subscriber Only

Hong Kong's Youth Aren't as Happy as Singapore's, Survey Finds

  • Younger people cite housing conditions, political malaise
  • Wide gap between rival Asian finance hubs even before unrest
Pedestrians cross a road in Hong Kong, China, on June 22. 

Pedestrians cross a road in Hong Kong, China, on June 22. 

Photographer: Eduardo Leal/Bloomberg

Hong Kong’s youth were less happy than their peers in Singapore even before historic protests erupted against legislation allowing extraditions to China, a survey by the City University of Hong Kong showed.

Researchers polled 2,304 people under the age of 40 -- with roughly half of the respondents in Hong Kong, and the other half in Singapore -- to gauge the relative appeal of living in the two rival Asian financial hubs. The “Happiness Index” study was conducted from January to June, just before demonstrations began.