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Taiwan was ranked the second safest country in the world, according to a late-2014 survey by U.S. lifestyle magazine Presscave. The nation was also rated as the second safest country to settle in by U.S. online publication Lifestyle9 the same year, based on a statistical analysis report from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Both surveys praised Taiwan for its low exposure to crime and violence. They also gave credit to the people of Taiwan for their kindness, hospitality and readiness to help others.

In recent years, Taiwan has been working on border security management, including signing a counter-terrorism collaboration agreement with the United States. The country has also been listed in the U.S. Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons Report as a Tier 1 nation for the prevention of human trafficking for five consecutive years.

In terms of public health, Taiwan has one of the best health care systems in the world. The government-run National Health Insurance program covers over 99 percent of residents, who pay relatively low premiums to gain access to quality care.

Such efforts have made Taiwan a haven for those seeking a safe and healthy life, as well as a great place to travel and live in.

Photo by Harry Huang