Quick Facts

  • Officially the Republic of China (ROC)
  • Location: Eastern Asia, island bordering the East China Sea, Philippine Sea, South China Sea, and Taiwan Strait, north of the Philippines, off the southeastern coast of China
  • Area: 13,974 sq. miles, slightly smaller than the states of Maryland and Delaware combined
  • Population:  23,415,126
  • Capital: Taipai (pop. 2.666 million)
  • Cimate: tropical; marine; rainy season during southwest monsoon (June-August); cloudiness is persistent and extensive all year
  • Terrain: eastern 2/3 mostly rugged mountains, flat to gently rolling plains in west
  • Nationality: Taiwan
  • Major ethnic group: Taiwanese
  • Official language: Mandarin Chinese
  • Religions: mixture of Buddhist and Taoist 93%, Christian 4.5%, other
  • Literacy rate: 98.5%
  • Economy: 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.
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • A multiparty democracy
  • Chief of state: President Ma Ying-jeou (since 2008) – elected by popular vote
  • Head of government: Premier Mao Chi-kuo (since 2014) – appointed by the president


Healthcare Statistics

  • Life expectancy: 79.98 years
  • Health care is managed by the Bureau of National Health Insurance (social insurance). Fees correlate to the individual or family income.
  • Physicians density: 15 physicians/10,000 population
  • Hospital bed density: 63 beds/10,000 population
  • Taiwan Total Fertility rate of just over one child per woman is among the lowest in the world
  • Aging population: 10.9% over the age of 65
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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