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US Web site lists Taiwan as second-safest to live in

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporter

The listing of Taiwan as the second-safest country to live in by a US-based Web site encourages the government to work harder to create a better living environment, Executive Yuan spokesperson Sun Lih-chyun (孫立群) said yesterday.

The US-based Lifestyle9.com yesterday released a list of the top-10 safest countries in the world to settle in this year, apparently based on crime statistics from the FBI.

Taiwan was listed as the second-safest country, second only to Japan, and followed by Hong Kong, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, Malta, Luxembourg, Georgia, Bahrain and Singapore.

The result reflected the efforts the government has been making to promote a safe environment, Sun said in response to media queries.

Globetrotters would agree that there probably are very few places in the world where people can go out anytime, day or night, without having to worry about their personal safety, Sun said.

Taiwan is one of the best places to live in terms of exposure to violent crimes and robbery, Lifestyle9.com said.

“People are more friendly and tender hearted, so there is no need to worry... Generally people of Taiwan are more honest. 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 Web site said.

“Women feel perfectly safe and not nerve-racking [sic] about what could occur particularly going out at late night [sic]. In this stable country, every citizen feels very safe,” it added.

The Web site said it compiled the list by considering the crime rate as a prime factor over other factors, including whether a country is susceptible to natural disasters, plagued by corruption or immune to economic crises.

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