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Taiwan 2nd best quality of life in world: Internations

The report does not explain why Taiwan lost the top spot to Portugal this year

The photo shows Taipei 101, the tallest building in Taiwan. (photo by Sophia Yang)

The photo shows Taipei 101, the tallest building in Taiwan. (photo by Sophia Yang) (Taiwan News photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – In a new survey by the world’s largest network for people who live and work abroad, Taiwan comes second in the world in terms of quality of life for expats, and ranked the 4th best place to work and live, according to Expat Insider 2017.

Portugal beats Taiwan, the 2016 winner, and surpasses Spain, Singapore, Austria, Switzerland and Germany in the survey for quality of life.

Expat Insider is one of the largest surveys worldwide offering an in-depth analysis of expat life across the world. More than 12,500 respondents representing 166 nationalities and living in 188 countries or territories were surveyed, providing insights through the eyes of expatriates in 2017.

Scores were calculated on dozens of factors, including quality of life, ease of settling in, cost of living, family life, personal finance, cost of living and healthcare.

The top ten highest-scoring countries on the InterNations’ The Quality of Life Index are, arranged lowest to highest, as follows: Germany (10), Costa Rica (9), Switzerland (8), Austria (7), Japan (6), Czech Republic (5), Singapore (4), Spain (3), Taiwan (2) and Portugal (1). Portugal this year edged out Taiwan for top spot in the survey.

The top ten best places for expats to work and live, according to the latest survey, are as follows: Spain (10), Singapore (9), Colombia (8), Malta (7), New Zealand (6), Portugal (5), Taiwan (4), Mexico (3), Costa Rica (2) and Bahrain (1).

Taiwan ranked 1st for its quality and affordability of medical care in the previous survey, but the report did not explain why Taiwan lost the top spot for 2017.

The island country is best known for its government-run, single-payer National Health Insurance program, which has been in place since 1995 with more than 99% of Taiwan's population enrolled. Foreigners studying and working in Taiwan can join the healthcare plan and enjoy the most affordable as well as highest quality healthcare service in the world. For this reason, Taiwan retained the No. 1 spot under the Health and Wellbeing category in the Quality of Life index.

Utah-born Logan Beck, who is currently living in Taiwan and is one of the most-followed foreign YouTube vloggers in the country, said that the best thing about Taiwan is the people and the beautiful landscapes. "The people are very loving, welcoming and hospitable and they carry with themselves a strong set of religious and cultural values. Taiwan is also packed with amazing landscapes, from North to South, which makes sightseeing in any corner of the island easy and enjoyable," he said.