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flag Taiwan Taiwan: Introduction

Capital: Taipei


Population of main cities including suburbs: Taipei (6,753,000); Kaohsiung (2,960,000); Taichung (2,700,000); Tainan (785,000).
Ethnic Origins: Taiwanese (including Hakka) 84%, Mainland Chinese 14%, indigenous 2%.
Official Language: Mandarin Chinese.
Other Languages Spoken: Official language: Chinese mandarin, although the Min Nan Hua Taiwanese (dialect of the South of Fujian) and the Hakka (indigenous language) are widely spoken.
Business Language(s): English
Religion: Taiwan is highly diversified in terms of religious faith, with the practice of Buddhism, Daoism, Christianity, Mormonism, the Unification Church, Islam, and Hinduism, as well as native sects such as Yiguandao and others.

Local Time:

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National Currency: New Taiwan Dollar (TWD)

Country Overview

Type of State: Taiwan has for all practical purposes been independent for half a century but China considers it as a part of its territory and wants it re-united with the mainland. Legally, most nations and even the United Nations (UN) acknowledge the position of the Chinese government that Taiwan is a province of China. However in reality Taiwan (official name: Republic of China) is an independent republic state based on parliamentary democracy and has a semi-presidential form of government.
Type of Economy: High-income economy, emerging financial market.
World leader in the production of high technology products


Telephone Code:
To Make a Call From Taiwan, Dial 002
To Make a Call to Taiwan, Dial +886
Internet Suffix: .tw
Computers: 57.5 per 100 Inhabitants
Telephone Lines: 68.7 per 100 Inhabitants
Internet Users: 76.0 per 100 Inhabitants

Foreign Trade in Figures

Foreign Trade Indicators 2010201120122013
Imports of Goods (million USD) 251,236281,438270,473269,897
Exports of Goods (million USD) 274,601308,257301,181305,441
Imports of Services (million USD) 37,11741,32142,05141,710
Exports of Services (million USD) 40,10445,64348,81051,360

Source: WTO - World Trade Organization - Last Available Data.

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