Taiwan is the favorite country for expats to live. That’s the word from the latest Expat Insider Survey by InterNations, the world’s largest network for people who live abroad. The survey polled 14,000 expats. Foreigners cited Taiwan’s work-life balance, affordability and friendly people as they gave Taiwan the highest ranking of 67 countries and cities.
Taiwan came in first, followed by Malta, Ecuador, Mexico, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Australia, Austria, Luxembourg and the Czech Republic.
As to Taiwan’s neighbors, China dropped 10 places to 48 with people citing pollution as a factor for leaving the country. Hong Kong has dropped quickly in the rankings over the last two years. It went from 10 in 2014 to 44 in 2016. This year, Singapore was not in the top ten and came in at number 13. This drop is mainly due to long working hours and a high cost of living. The last two countries on the bottom of the list were Kuwait and Greece.
Malte Zeeck, who is head of InterNations, said Taiwan is “the best place for quality of life as well as personal finances.” The survey showed 85% of expats in Taiwan were happy with their financial situation, compared to a global average of 64%.
People praised Taiwan’s affordability in eating out and health care though they did mention housing prices are rising. They also cited the beauty of the natural scenery and good working conditions. Taiwan’s friendly people were also a factor but foreigners also cited that learning Chinese can be difficult.