The major cities in Asia are accessible within couple hours of flight.
|Bangkok, Thailand||3.75 hrs|
|Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam||2 hrs|
|Hong Kong||1.5 hrs|
|Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||4.0 hrs|
|New Deli, India||5.75 hrs|
|Seoul, South Korea||2.5 hrs|
|Shanghai, China||2 hrs|
|Tokyo, Japan||3 hrs|
|GDP (Billion US$)||511.28||529.60||519.0|
|Economic Growth Rate (%)||2.20||3.92||0.75||1.47 (f)|
|Total Trade Value (Billion US$)||575.33||587.71||508.99|
|Total Exports (Billion US$)||305.44||313.69||280.38|
|Annual Change Rate (%)||1.41||2.70||-10.62|
|Total Imports (Billion US$)||269.89||271.02||228.62|
|Annual Change Rate (%)||-0.21||1.53||-16.57|
|Trade Balance (Billion US$)||35.54||39.70||51.77|
|No. of Labor Force (Million)||10.97||11.10||11.20||11.24 (f)|
|Unemployment Rate (%)||4.18||3.96||3.78||3.91 (f)|
International airports exists in all major cities of the island.
Taking a high speed rail across the east coast, traveling from south to north takes only 2 hours.
Train railways, highways and freeways are present across the whole country.
Taiwan's adanced higher education system includes vocational schools and internationally renowned universities. The quality of labor force in Taiwan ranges from fresh graduates to senior professionals with vast international working experience.
The legal system in Taiwan is similar to Germany and Japan based on codified law( not case-based as in the USA) . The jurisdiction is neutral and does not distinguish between local and international subjects.
In absence of official diplomatic ties with all major nations including the USA, EU and Asian nations, Ilha Formosa Taiwan gained a special status as economic power house in the WTO, APEC and has economic, cultural exchanges through various trade offices with all major nations. Making it to "the Switzerland of Asia" the so called status quo of Ilha Formosa enforced deep business, cultural and private ties with its region and the world. It has a full membership in organisations such as the WTO, APEC and various other trade and financial related associations.
Taiwan is a very safe place and its people are famous for being friendly and helpful. It is regarded as safe to walk around in the streets or to take public transport at night. Despite a vast absence of crimnal incidents against foreigners, expats in Taiwan, particularly in metropolitan areas, should take basic precautions as in any large city, such as being aware of personal belongings in crowded markets.