Livability

InterNations, the largest expat website in the world, ranked Taiwan as the best country to live in for expats in 2016. Out of 191 countries and more than 14,000 expats surveyed, Taiwan was chosen based on quality of life, ease of settling in, personal finance, and work/life balance.

Taipei has also held the top place for several years in both the Global Views and CommonWealth Magazine rankings. In the last two years, Taipei was also selected as the happiest city in Taiwan, performing well across all indices including first place in quality of life and personal finances. 64% of expats living in Taiwan expressed the desire to remain here for at least three more years, with 36% considering becoming permanent residents.

Taipei City's comfortable living environment comes from the completeness of its infrastructure and provisions for all aspects of daily living, as well as the openness of its people; first-time visitors are immediately struck by its charm and style.

Transportation

Taiwan is located in the center of the Asia-Pacific region, with an average flight time of two to three hours to most major Asian cities. Within an hour, you can get to northern Taiwan's key industry clusters and corridors. On the logistics front, a two-hour trip will take you to the two container ports of Taipei and Keelung. You can arrive in Kaohsiung after a two-hour journey on the HSR. With the Taipei Metro, you can easily and conveniently travel to all major sites within the city. In addition, Taipei has a comprehensive bus network and more than 260 YouBike rental stations, These transportation systems will get you anywhere you want in Taipei withourt drving a car.

Healthcare

In 2014, CNN reported that Taiwan's National Health Insurance system provided the best coverage of any public healthcare system in the world, with 99.8% of its citizens covered. In addition, the 2% administration fee is also the lowest in the world. Legal foreign residents and holders of alien resident certificates can also sign up for the NHI and enjoy the same coverage. Taiwan's medical technologies and quality of care is on par with other advanced countries, and all medical equipment and instruments meet international standards and requirements. Taipei City possesses an abundance of healthcare resources, with eight medical centers, seven regional hospitals, 22 local hospitals, and over 3,000 clinics and medical institutions. Whether you are a resident or a visitor, you will always receive the highest quality of medical care.

Education

In the 2016 IMD World Talent Report, Taiwan was ranked 24th worldwide and 4th in Asia for talent, beating out Japan, South Korea, Thailand, and China. Taiwan's Academia Sinica gathers some of the very best in local research talent. Taipei City has seven international schools with close to 2,900 students from Europe, the United States, Japan, and South Korea, as well as from other countries. City-wide, there are 30 tertiary institutions producing approximately 60,000 top talents annually. Nearly 60% of the workforce has university degrees. The learning capacity and efficiency of local talent, as well as high quality R&D, are important factors for overseas companies when setting up facilities here.

Internet Access

In the 2016 Networked Society City Index, Taipei City ranked 11th worldwide and 4th in Asia for sustainable city development and ICT maturity. In 2004, Taipei City entered the smart city era with 90% of its households owning computers and an 80% fiber optics coverage rate. The UK's Daily Telegraph reported that "Taiwan was one of the first countries to offer nation-wide Wi-Fi access to tourists." The city of Taipei has nearly 10,000 free Wi-Fi hotspots, allowing both locals and visitors to transmit data to anywhere in the world.

Convenience

Taiwan has over 10,000 convenience stores, and nearly 20% of these stores are concentrated in Taipei. On average, a person will encounter a convenience store within a five minute walk in any direction. Taiwan has the highest concentration of convenience stores in the world. The four major convenience store chains provide 24-hour, year-round service; they offer food and beverage, shopping, bill payment, courier, laundry, photo development, ticket purchasing, and other services. All of your living needs can be satisfied at any time.

Cuisine

In 2015, CNN's Facebook page hosted a public poll for the world's best food destination, and Taiwan took first place. CNN's report cited Taiwanese cuisine as combining Hokkien, Qiaozhou, Hakka, and Japanese influences, delivering culinary treats that international tourists will never forget. Taipei City has more than 20 food streets with unique characteristics in terms of snacks on offer as well as delicacies from other countries. At night, people can visit night markets, themed bars, as well as fast food restaurants and stir-fry restaurants that stay open until the next morning.

Sports and Exercise

Taipei City's sports facilities are comprehensive and user-friendly, with 12 local sports centers, 11 riverside sports parks, tennis courts, baseball fields, golf courses, gymnasiums, and track and field facilities. The sports centers distributed across Taipei City's 12 districts began operation in 2003, with more than 100 million visitors since their opening; their facilities include basketball courts, badminton courts, table tennis, squash courts, weight rooms, aerobic classrooms, swimming pools, rock climbing walls, archery ranges, and paintball fields.

Government Resources

The Taipei City Government was the first in Taiwan to adopt OpenGovernment practices for information transparency. The city government integrates open data from each department/division into a single portal (http://data.taipei) so that residents can browse the information and app developers can have access to the data for creating applications. This system collects related data released by the government, and provides online browsing as well as file download and API services.