Taiwanese seniors constitute 14.3% of total population

Taiwanese seniors constitute 14.3% of total population

Taiwan’s ministry of the interior says that as of the end of March, 2018, Taiwan’s senior citizens, those over 65 years old, passed the 14% mark and now constitute 14.3% as of the end of September, 2018, with a total senior population of 3,382,000.


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Taiwan’s osteoporosis risk

Taiwan’s osteoporosis risk

By the year 2050, the osteoporosis risk of Taiwanese over 50 years old will be 57%.  By 2025, it will have reached 42%.  In 2013, the osteoporosis risk of those Taiwanese 50 years old and older was 32%.

In October, 2018, Taiwan has 3,220,000 seniors who are 65 years old and older.  Among them, 240,000 have senior care duties, taking care of invalid family members.


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Dwindling Taiwanese Ph.D.’s

Dwindling Taiwanese Ph.D.’s

Taiwan has been producing less Ph.D.’s in science and technology since 2010.

In 2010, Taiwan graduated 34,178 Ph.D.’s, 68% were in science and technology.

In 2017, Taiwan produced 28,346 Ph.D.’s including 21.3% in the humanities, 18.8% in social sciences, and 59.8% in science and technology.


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Taiwanese life expectancy is 80.4 years old

Taiwanese life expectancy is 80.4 years old

In 2017, the average life expectancy of the Taiwanese was 80.4 years old.  Life expectancy of Taiwanese men was 77.3 years old and life expectancy of Taiwanese women was 88.7 years old.

In Taipei City in 2017, average life expectancy was 83.6 years old, that in Hsinchu City was 80.9 years old and that in Taitung county was 75.5 years old.

Emergency medical care is easily available in western metropolitan Taiwan whereas emergency and hospital services are relatively scarce on Taiwan’s remote east coast where Taitung is.

In 2017, 172,028 Taiwanese died, 801 less than the number of people who died in 2016.



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Negative population growth in South Korea and in Taiwan

Negative population growth in South Korea and in Taiwan

Taiwanese authorities estimate that negative growth of the Taiwanese population will begin in 2022.  In 2018, there are already 7 counties and a city i Taiwan that have already begun a negative population growth.  On August 30, 2018, Taiwan’s National Development Council announced that a negative growth of the Taiwanese population is estimated to begin in 2022.  By 2026, senior Taiwanese will constitute 20% of the total population.

In March 2016, the number of deaths was 257 more than the number of newborns. And in February 2018, there were 1,025 more deaths than births.

Since 2008, negative population growth has occurred in Keelung city, Nantou county, Yunlin county, Chiayi county, Pingtung county, Taitung county, and Hualie county.  The number of births in these counties and city have been less than the number of deaths.

Taiwan’s general birthrate in 2013 was 1.06 (birth per female), 1.16 in 2014, 1.17 in 2015, 1.17 in 2016, and 1.12 in 2017.  However, the birthrate in Keelung city in 2013 was 0.79, 0.8 in 2014, 0.95 in 2015, 0.98 in 2016, and 0.89 in 2017.  In Chiayi county, the birthrate was 0.83 in 2013, 0.85 in 2014, 0.88 in 2015, 0.87 in 2016, and 0.87 in 2017.  In Pingtung county, the birthrate was 0.82 in 2013, 0.89 in 2014, 0.90 i 2015, 0.88 in 2016, and 0.86 in 2017.

In Taiwan, the percentage of those 20-29 years old who were unmarried in 1997 was 36.2%, and 57.2% in 2017.  The average age of first marriage among women was 28.1 years old in 1997 and 30 years old in 2017.

In 2016, Taiwan’s birthrate was 1.17, 1.13 in 2017, and an estimated 1.09 in 2018.

In Seoul, South Korea, the birthrate is 0.84.

By 2750, it is predicted, South Koreans as a population will no longer exist.  More deaths than births will continue in South Korea from now until then.  Adding to this possible outcome are the trend among young South Koreans to “give up on love”, “give up on marriage,” “give up on having children”, “give up relationships”, “give up buying a home”< “give up one’s ambitions”, and “give up one’s hopes”.

In the second quarter of 2018, the birthrate in South Korea was 0.97 while that in Japan was 1.36 and that in Hong Kong is 1.19.

In 2018, the estimated number of newborns in South Korea is 330,000, or 0.6% of south Korea’s total population of 51,250,000.  In 2018, the estimated number of newborns in Taiwan 180,000, or 0.78% of Taiwan’s total population of 23,570,000.



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More deaths than births

More deaths than births

There have been more deaths than births on Taiwan in February, 2018, with deaths outnumbering births by 1,025 people .  In March, 2016, thee were 257 more deaths than births.

It is estimated that by 2026, Taiwanese seniors will constitute 20% of the total population of Taiwan.

Taiwanese women 20-29 years old who were not married constituted 36.2% of the total female population in 1997.  In 2017, they constituted 57.2%.  The average age of marriage was 28.1 years old in 1997.  In 2017, it was 30 years old.

Taiwan, like Japan and South Korea, have not been successful in increasing their overall birthrates.

South Korea decriminalized adultery.  Expansion of childcare in Japan and in Taiwan has not encouraged childbirth.  Low wages in Taiwan has been cited as the main reason for the unwillingness of women of childbearing age to have children.

Not wanting any children and not wanting to raise children are the prevailing social trend in South Korea, Japan and Taiwan.

At least in these Asian countries, abortion and contraception should be banned.

What would encourage the childbearing age population to have more children?

What kind of sexual partnership arrangement would produce more children?

A dominant male with a harem of fertile women would produce more children than  other types of sexual partnership arrangement.

Getting rid of taboo

Certain taboos should be decriminalized and abolished, such as adultery, polygamy and incest.  Monogamy should be discouraged while polygamy and harems of wives and concubines should be encouraged.  Communal sex could also be allowed to encourage births.







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Where have all the foreign workers gone?

Where have all the foreign workers gone?

As of the end of June, 2018, there are 689,824 foreign workers in Taiwan.  However, the whereabouts of 51,404 of them is unknown to the Taiwanese authorities.

That means, 7.452% of foreign laborers on Taiwan are AWOL or MIA.


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