In the World Happiness Report 2018, Taiwan ranked first in the East Asian region and 26th overall among 156 countries based on people’s “subjective well-being”, which the research suggests can be explained by six key variables: “income, healthy life expectancy, social support, freedom, trust, and generosity.”
In the 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index released by Transparency International, Taiwan ranks 29th out of 180 countries based on lower “perceived levels of corruption”. Continuing its gradual improvement in the index, Taiwan placed well above both the Asia-Pacific regional and global averages.
Selected by PETA based on “the number of vegan restaurants based on population, the variety of options available at non-vegan restaurants, the range of cuisines offered and the visibility of the local vegan movement,” Taipei came out above its rivals. Boasting over 600 vegetarian and vegan restaurants, Taiwan as a whole has also been celebrated for its abundance of plant-based dining options, which can be attributed to the popularity of Buddhism as well as health and environmental consciousness.
In the the Human Freedom Index 2017 released by the Fraser Institute of Canada, Taiwan moved up from 26th to 18th place in terms of human freedom based on “79 distinct indicators of personal and economic freedom in the following areas”.
In the “Top 100 Global Technology Leaders” ranking published by Thomson Reuters that aims “at identifying the industry’s top financially successful and organizationally sound organizations”, Taiwan ranked 2nd in the world (tied with Japan) after the United States.
Following her landslide victory in Taiwan’s democratic elections in January 2016, President Tsai was noted in the magazine’s 2017 list for her courage in the face of adversity and pursuit of economic and labor reforms.
Based on seventeen indicators related to health, the environment, economics, public safety, and social issues, the results of the 2017 Global Least & Most Stressful Cities Ranking placed Taipei as the third least stressful city in the region and 61st out of 500 cities overall.
Lonely Planet featured the southern port city of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, as one of ten “Top Cities” in its Best in Travel 2018 awards, lauding it for the cultural and architectural attractions along its harborfront, developed transportation infrastructure, and proximity to hiking areas.
Based on “49 indicators covering digital security, health security, infrastructure security and personal security,” Taipei placed 22nd overall in the the Safe Cities Index 2017 published by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
CNN lists ten things that Taiwan excels at, many of which are relevant to tourists visiting the island.