Population: 24.38 million (2013)
HDI: 0.89 (21st)
GDP: 529.60 billion USD (2014)
Currency: New Taiwan dollar
Official languages: Standard Mandarin, Taiwanese Mandarin
Taiwan is located off the southeastern coast of mainland China in the Western Pacific Ocean. Taiwan’s capital city is Taipei. The official language is Mandarin Chinese, and the currency is the New Taiwan dollar (TWD). Taiwan is one of the world’s trading powerhouses and offers one of the most favorable environments for investment in Asia. It currently ranks as the 20th largest economy in the world according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and is the world’s 18th largest trading entity according to the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Taiwan Economy – overview
Taiwan has a dynamic capitalist economy with gradually decreasing government guidance of investment and foreign trade. Exports, led by electronics, machinery, and petrochemicals have provided the primary impetus for economic development.
Economy of Taiwan – Wikipedia
The economy of Taiwan is the 5th largest economy in Asia, and is included in the Advanced economies group  by the International Monetary Fund, has a developed capitalist economy that ranks as the 19th-largest in the world by purchasing power parity
Industry Trends & Business Climate
Taiwan – US Department of State
Strategically located in the center of the East Asian market, Taiwan is a critical hub for regional and global trade and investment.
Establishing a Presence
Doing Business In Taiwan
See sectuion 2.1 and 2.2 on this site
Starting a Business in Taiwan
This site provides a detailed summary of the bureaucratic and legal hurdles faced by entrepreneurs wishing to incorporate and register a new firm in Taiwan
Taiwan company registration
The 10 steps required to incorporate and register a company in Taiwan.
Taiwan Corporate Tax Rate | 1999-2016
The Corporate Tax Rate in Taiwan stands at 17 percent. Corporate Tax Rate in Taiwan averaged 22.18 percent from 1999 until 2015, reaching an all time high of 25 percent in 2000 and a record low of 17 percent in 2010. Corporate Tax Rate in Taiwan is reported by the Taxation Administration, Ministry of Finance, R.O.C..
Taiwan Corporate – Taxes on corporate income
The corporate income tax (CIT) rate in Taiwan is 17%.
Taiwan Personal Income Tax Rate | 2004-2016
The Personal Income Tax Rate in Taiwan stands at 40 percent.
Taiwan Individual – Taxes on personal income
Individual income tax is levied on Taiwan-sourced income of both resident and non-resident individuals, unless exempt under the provisions of the Income Tax Act and other laws.
Taiwan Sales Tax Rate | Business Tax
The Sales Tax Rate in Taiwan stands at 5 percent.
VAT Refund Guidelines for Foreign Travelers – Taiwan
Requirements for VAT Refund
Taiwan Visa Facts
How To Get a Travel or Work Visa for Teaching English, Resident Visas, Student Visas, ARC
Visa policy of Taiwan – Wikipedia
Visitors to Taiwan must obtain a visa or authorization in advance, unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or countries whose nationals are eligible for visa on arrival.
Telecom/IT – Taiwan – Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband
This site provides a comprehensive overview of the trends and developments in telecommunications and digital media markets in Taiwan.
Best Taiwan Transportation on VirtualTourist
129 tips on getting to and getting around Taiwan from real travelers and locals.
Getting around Taiwan on local transport
Catching local transport in Taiwan – transport tips on getting around Taiwan like a local
Telecommunications in Taiwan – Wikipedia
Chunghwa Telecom is the largest telecommunications company in Taiwan and the incumbent mobile, PSTN and broadband carrier
Labor Laws in Taiwan | eHow
As the leading producer of high-technology goods, Taiwan is a hotspot for jobs and work opportunities. Like most countries, Taiwan has its own set of labor laws to maintain order and fairness in the workplace.
Republic of China (Taiwan) – Baker & McKenzie
See termination information on this site
Climate of Taiwan | USA Today
The Chinese island nation of Taiwan experiences a subtropical climate, heavily influenced by the ocean and the movement of airflows controlling the East Asian monsoon.
Climate – Taiwan Weather, Climate and Geography
Taiwan climate guide, regional weather guide and geography information.
Cost of Living in Taiwan
Average prices of more than 40 products and services in Taiwan. Prices of restaurants, food, transportation, utilities and housing are included
Cost of Living in Taipei
List of prices in Taipei (Taiwan) for food, housing, transportation, going out, and more
Business Etiquette – Culture and etiquette | About Taiwan
Mainstream Taiwanese culture is a curious combination of traditional Chinese practices, modern commercialism and technological ingenuity, capped off with a palpable Japanese flavour left over from decades of colonial rule.
Business Etiquette – Taiwan – Language, Culture, Customs and Etiquette
Guide to Taiwan and Taiwanese people, culture, society, language, business and socialetiquette, manners, protocol and useful information
Education – Primary and Secondary Education in Taiwan
The education system in Taiwan is made of up to 14 years of schooling
Education – Taiwan’s Education
Education is strongly emphasized in Taiwan. Even the ROC Constitution requires an allocation of the national budget for educational purposes
Holidays in Taiwan
National holidays and observances
Holidays – Taiwan Public Holidays 2016
Your accurate source of 2016 public holidays for Taiwan
Demographics – Taiwan Demographics Profile 2014
Compehensive demographic data and statistics
Demographics – CIA – The World Factbook: Taiwan
Demographic facts and figures from the CIA
Safety – Foreign travel advice Taiwan
Travel advice for Taiwan from the UK government
Customs: Regulations, Export-Import
Taiwan Customs regulations and procedures for importing and exporting goods at border
Information for US exporters to Taiwan
Taiwan belongs in free trade agreement
Discussion of Taiwan’s inclusion in the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Housing and Rentals
Taiwan Housing & Rentals
Finding a nice place to live in Taiwan can be difficult. Getting good accommodation at the right price can be hard, especially in large cities.
Rental Taiwan – Taipei Apartment Rental Network
Apartment rental network in Taipei
Taiwan Tourism: Best of Taiwan – TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor has 299,507 reviews of Taiwan Hotels, Attractions, and Restaurants making it your best Taiwan resource
Taiwan – Lonely Planet
With its all-around adventure landscape, heritage-rich capital, diverse folk traditions and feted night market scene, Taiwan offers a continent-sized travel list for one green island.
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