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 a study of 87 countries worldwide in late 2016 and early 2017, Taiwan ranked 11th in overall mobile data speed defined as “the average mobile data connection a user experiences based on both the speeds and availability of a country’s 3G and 4G networks.”
It took first place overall and in terms of both quality of life and personal finances and ranked in the top 10 out of 67 countries on every other index in 2016.
That’s a bigger GDP than Sweden, South Africa, and over 150 other countries.
Highlighting its mountains and natural beauty, role as a global center for Buddhism, night markets, indigenous culture, local cuisine, tea culture, and annual festivals, Taiwan was featured in CNN’s list of top destinations for 2016.
China, Hong Kong, and Singapore don’t qualify.
With over 23 million people living in Taiwan, the island has almost as many inhabitants as Australia with nearly five times the population density.