In 2017, Taiwan’s “net international investment position” was the fifth highest in the world. With a 6.7% increase compared to the previous year, only Japan, Germany, China, and Hong Kong ranked higher in terms of their net investments overseas.
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 “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.
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.
In the Heritage Foundation’s 23rd annual Economic Freedom Index rankings in 2017, Taiwan moved up from 17th to 11th place as one of the freest economies in the world based on “rule of law, government size, regulatory efficiency, and open markets”.
That’s a bigger GDP than Sweden, South Africa, and over 150 other countries.
Ranking “top in terms of public infrastructure, second in terms of higher education levels and seventh in innovation capabilities” and being noted for its “internationalized financial centers and good location”, Taipei is among a short list of cities featured in a global report released in 2015.