The newcomer Taiwan rose right to the top of the 67 countries in 2016’s Quality of Life Index. It also holds first place in this index among female respondents, and second for men. It has achieved this star position despite not getting first place in any of the subcategories, although it does rank comparatively well in all of them.
It performs strongest in the Health & Well-Being subcategory, where it comes in second. This subcategory, however, is distinguished by stark contrasts. Whereas Taiwan comes in first place in terms of the quality of medical care and its affordability, it is all the way down at 37th in terms of the quality of the environment (e.g. water, air). While 94% rate the quality of the medical care positively, only 61% feel the same about the quality of the environment (six percentage points below the global average of 67%).
A staggering 99% rate their personal safety favorably, and 78% even say it is very good. Around nine out of ten expats (89%) are also happy with the peacefulness in Taiwan. Overall, however, this Asian country only ranks tenth in the Safety & Security subcategory. This is due to its 18th place for political stability, possibly a result of the country’s ambiguous political status.
Not one person considers the climate and weather to be very bad, with three-quarters giving this a positive rating (global: 61%). However, while worldwide 24% consider this factor very good in their country of residence, just 18% feel the same in Taiwan. Finally, about nine out of ten expats in Taiwan (91%) are overall satisfied with the local transport infrastructure, compared to 63% globally.