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.”
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.
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.
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.
It far surpassed those of other countries in terms of both affordability and quality in a global survey in 2014.