Taiwanese seniors now surpass 14% of total population
In the first two months of 2018, the number of Taiwanese who died out number those born by 670 persons. The number of Taiwanese seniors 65 years old and older now surpass the number of those 15 years old and younger. Taiwanese seniors now surpass 14% of its total population.
Even with increased subsidies for families to have more children and building more public childcare facilities, it will be difficult to raise the birthrate to a sustainable level of a birthrate of 1.3 per woman of child bearing age.
The problem, a commentator says, is that young people of marriageable age and child bearing age have not confidence in their future on Taiwan. And within 29 years, Taiwan’s population will drop by half.
The year 2018 is the 13th annual Hakka Tung flower festival and wedding season. As of March 18, 2018, the Miaoli Hakka Tung Flower Festival, which celebrates the wedding season annually, has prepared wedding festivities for 66 new couples but only 52 couples have registered so far. It seems that young people are not keen on marriage anymore.
The Miaoli Tung flower (Vernicia fordii) has five pink and purple pedals and blooms in March, April and May.