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Taiwan is in Eastern Asia, and comprises islands bordering the East China Sea, Philippine Sea, South China Sea, and Taiwan Strait, north of the Philippines, off the south-eastern coast of China.
The climate is tropical marine with a rainy monsoon season (June to August) and persistent and extensive cloudiness all year.
The official language is Mandarin Chinese. Many people also speak Taiwanese and one or two other local dialects. Many Taiwanese business people have travelled to Hong Kong or the US and speak good English, but it is unwise to assume that a Taiwanese business partner will speak English, and it is worth picking up a few phrases of Chinese.
The main religions are Taoism, Buddhism and Christianity.
The economy of Taiwan is a dynamic capitalist economy. Real growth in GDP has averaged about 8% during the past three decades. The service sector makes up 73% of the economy.
Expatriate dress code is conservative. The safety risk for expatriates in Taiwan is low. Risks include low levels of petty crime. Other risks include earthquakes, flooding and landslides.
The currency of Taiwan is the Taiwan Dollar (TWD). While ATMs are available not all international cards are accepted. Major credit cards are accepted at most shops and restaurants.
Health care facilities are adequate for routine, emergency and outpatient treatment. The cost of treatment for expatriates can be high. Any health care treatment is required to be paid for on a cash basis. Cases of dengue fever have been reported.
The population is 23.5 Million (2019 est.), and the inflation rate (CPI) is 0.59% for Taiwan as at November 2019.
The Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Taiwan is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 40%.
Within Taiwan we also cover Taipei.
The cost of living for expatriates in Taiwan as at January 2020 is very high in comparison to other places in the world. We have collected prices for the same items, world wide, based on Expat spending norms, in or closest to the location, and converted them to $USD so that we can compare the cost of 13 different baskets in 780 global locations. For each basket, compared to New York, the equivalent cost in Taiwan is as follows:1) Alcohol and/or Tobacco: for items such as beer, spirits, wine and tobacco related products such as cigarettes. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$710. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$21.33, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$1.91, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$2.85 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$4.59.2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$880. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$64, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$83, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$108 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$34.3) Communication: for various communication costs such as home telephone rental, internet subscription, mobile service provider tariff and data costs. A basket costing USD$200 in New York costs USD$192. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$24, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.17 per minute.4) Education: for items such as creche / pre-school fees, primary school fees, high school fees and tertiary study fees. A basket costing USD$30000 in New York costs USD$21300. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$13,890 for Primary School, and USD$15,457 for High School.5) Furniture & Appliances: for items such as dining table and chairs, home entertainment, kitchen appliances, and sofas. A basket costing USD$2500 in New York costs USD$1450. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$602, and USD$517 for a 46+'' LED UHD TV.6) Groceries: for items such as consumables, cleaning products, dairy, fresh fruit & vegetables, general food products, snacks, soft drinks. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$940. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$5.98, 1 kg oranges USD$3.17, 1 head lettuce USD$2.02, 1 kg potatos USD$3.43, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$9.23, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$23.48, 1 dozen large eggs USD$2.87, 500g loaf white bread USD$2.20, 1 L full cream milk USD$3.71, and 1.5 L water USD$1.46.7) Healthcare: for general heath care, doctor visits, hospital stays, non-prescription medicine, and medical insurance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$830. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$67, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$2,058.8) Household Accommodation: for items such as apartment rent, house rent, property purchase, mortgage rate, and utilities. A basket costing USD$5000 in New York costs USD$4800. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$4,844 in a central location, and USD$2,898 in a suburban location, per month, excluding utilities.9) Miscellaneous: for items such as dry cleaning, linen, magazines, newspapers, office supplies, and postage stamps. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$430. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$8.43, while an international newspaper is USD$2.59.10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$260. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$21, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$104.11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$355. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$11.95, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$56 per month.12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: for items such as hotel daily room rates, meals and beverages in a restaurant, and take away food and beverages. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$560. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$3.20, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$1.14, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$5.33, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$29.86.13) Transport: for items such as fuel (petrol/gasoline), car hire, public transport, vehicle purchase and maintenance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$770. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$0.97, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$29,532.
Taiwan is 26.2% more expensive than USA for groceries, 75% more expensive for household costs than UK, and 97% more expensive for transport costs than India.
Taiwan is ranked as a some hardship location.The hardship premium for Taiwan for an expat from Australia, is for example 10%, i.e. host location (Taiwan) premium of 20% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%.