Taiwan ranked world's second safest country to settle in by US website
July 10, 2014, 12:01 am TWN
LOS ANGELES -- Taiwan has been ranked as the second safest country in the world behind only Japan, according to a U.S. website.
The list of the "top 10 safest countries in the world to settle in 2014" was compiled by Lifestyle9.com based on crime statistics from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.
With a crime rate variable of 16.26 and a safety rate variable of 83.74, Taiwan is one of the best places to live in terms of low exposure to violent crimes and robbery, the website said.
It described people in Taiwan as friendly, tender-hearted and honest and portrayed Taiwan as a stable country where "women feel perfectly safe and not nerve-racking about what could occur, particularly going out at late night."
"It is the country where you can find people who help you before you approach. Many tourists reviewed that they never felt danger in Taiwan," the website said.
Japan topped the list with a crime rate variable of 13.11 and a safety rate variable of 86.89.
The website attributed Japan's low crime rate to the Japanese culture, saying that "Japanese never involve in activities that brings shame to their country."
The 2010 Global Peace Index compiled by the Institute for Economics and Peace ranked Japan as the third most peaceful country in the world, the website noted.
Ranked third to 10th were Hong Kong, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, Malta, Luxembourg, Georgia, Bahrain and Singapore.
The Executive Yuan, or Taiwan's Cabinet office, welcomed the news and said the government will continue its work to improve the living environment of the people.