Taipei among five cities to become more liveable over past decade

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Taipei, Sept. 10 (CNA) Taipei is among five cities that have been climbing the rankings of the world's most liveable cities compiled annually by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) over the past decade, the British Broadcasting Corp. reported Monday.

The other four cities are Honolulu, Budapest, Kuwait City and Auckland, according to the report.

These "most liveable cities" are ranked every year by the EIU, which rounds up 140 of the world's biggest cities and ranks each one according to more than 30 factors that influence liveability, including safety, access to healthcare, quality of food and drink options, access to education, and quality of roads and transportation.

Taipei ranked 58th in the 2018 EIU Global Liveability Ranking, up two places from last year.

The report attributed the continuing rise of Taipei in the liveability rankings mainly to the municipality continuing to invest in infrastructure and healthcare.

Taipei's Metro extends to almost every area of the city, including the well-connected international airport. Residents also have glowing things to say about the healthcare and education available here -- even for expats, according to the report.

"The healthcare system is amazing ..." the report quoted corporate advisor Shannon Watson, originally from Ottawa, as saying. "As an expat, we can receive equal health coverage to citizens once we become an `alien resident' (through work, family or school).

The health card covers seeing Western or Chinese Medicine doctors, as well as dentists, and usually includes medicine and treatment for a very small fee."

Families love the varied education opportunities available in this East Asian hub as well, the report said.

For instance, Judy Tsuei, who is originally from the United States and is founder of media consultancy Wild Hearted Words, found a Montessori school for her daughter, which also provides meals for students and teaches Mandarin, according to the report.

The whole community also looks out for children, making Taiwan ideal for young families.

"Though some level of Mandarin is important to get most jobs here, residents are friendly and eager to help foreigners, even when there is a language barrier," the report cited Tsuei as saying.

(By Evelyn Kao)

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